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TOPLINE STORY:
G8 Summit Declaration

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes G8 countries' pledge to work to enable the 30 highest malaria-prevalence countries in Africa to cut malaria deaths by half and expects firm commitment to the pledge to spend US$ 60 billion on malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS. The fulfillment of this renewed commitment from the wealthiest nations is a crucial step in helping countries approach the health-related MDGs by 2015 and in ensuring a sustainable global response to the world's three major diseases.
View Summit Declaration

Drive Against Malaria 2007

QUICK UPDATES:
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) becomes a central Roll Back Malaria Partner in 10 focus countries

The Islamic Development Bank has embarked upon an ambitious "Quick Win" programme aimed at combating malaria in 10 highly malaria-endemic member countries. These are Burkina Faso, Chad, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Sudan. On 29 April 2007, the IDB approved an initial sum of $US 50 million to launch the first phase of this programme which will last two years. The programme adopts a comprehensive approach for malaria management encompassing integrated disease surveillance, training of manpower, provision of essential commodities, support for applied research, and monitoring and evaluation. The Bank has also stated its intention to work in a coordinated manner with other actors, ensuring synergy and complementarity of efforts, and has thus positioned itself as a key Roll Back Malaria partner.


Establishment of worldwide "Malaria Day" - approved at 60th World Health Assembly (WHA)

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomed the decision to establish World Malaria Day, a key element of Resolution WHA60.18 passed during the 60th WHA. Malaria Day shall be commemorated annually on 25 April or on such other day or days as individual member States may decide, in order to provide education and understanding of malaria as a global scourge that is preventable and a disease that is curable.
View Resolution WHA60.18
Report by the WHO Secretariat

RECENT EVENTS:
12th RBM Partnership Board meeting, 10-11 May, Geneva

Members of the RBM Partnership Board endorsed work currently underway to support grant proposal development for 19 African countries and also urged acceleration of implementation support that will assist countries in moving forward their malaria control scale-up. The meeting was hosted by the African Union (AU). AU Ambassador Madame Masri welcomed over 70 Board Members, Alternates and Delegates including Health Ministers of Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mali, Niger, Tanzania and Uganda. The 12th Board elected a new Chair and Vice Chair: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghabreyesus, Minister of Health for Ethiopia and Dr Alan Court, Director of Programme Division, UNICEF, respectively.
View 12th Board Meeting Decision Points and Presentations

Mock Technical Review Panel, 4-7 June, Nairobi

The Roll Back Malaria partnership completed in early June the second of three steps in a campaign to improve the quality of proposals from sub-Saharan African countries to the Global Fund by holding a "mock Technical Review" of over 24 country proposals. Over 120 participants were present, including representatives from 24 African countries and 20 experts from various organizations, including CDC, MACEPA, the Earth Institute, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and WHO.
View the press release

Enhancing Private Sector Contribution to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria responses at country level, Dakar, 4 - 6 June 2007

In cooperation with Global Fund, ILO, WHO, UNAIDS, Partners against AIDS, and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, a West and Central Africa regional workshop was organized in Dakar to exchange experiences and develop country strategies in order to enhance private sector involvement in the response against the three major diseases. It brought together a range of actors, including private sector stakeholders, finance institutions, workers, international agencies, professional associations, labour unions, and 18 countries from West and Central Africa.

 

RBM MERG meeting, 6-8 June, Washington DC

A regular meeting of the RBM Partnership's Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) was held to review progress on harmonization of monitoring systems, collaboration with Harmonization Working Group and upcoming data releases.
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SADC and SARN meetings, 9-15 June, Swaziland

SADC multi-country Global Fund Round 7 malaria proposal development and SARN 2nd Quarterly Meeting, 9-15 June, Swaziland.
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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON AFRICA, JUNE 13-15, Capetown

At the "Putting a stop to malaria" session at the World Economic Forum on Africa recently held in Cape Town, participants discussed key success factors and challenges for scaling up the malaria response in endemic countries. "We need strong leadership if we are going to win this fight", said Dr Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership. "We need partnerships--there is no sector that can do it on its own", she continued. Dr Coll-Seck also called for the "harmonization of policies" dealing with the fight against malaria, explaining that many of the failures in controlling malaria in the past can be linked to the lack of an integrated policy aimed at managing the disease. View Summary: Putting a Stop to Malaria Update session: Putting a Stop to Malaria
View Summary: Putting a Stop to Malaria
Update session: Putting a Stop to Malaria

SELECTED COUNTRY REPORTS:
Tanzania: innovative communication campaign to raise awareness and promote understanding of the new malaria case management policy

Tanzania's national communication campaign for the new ACT policy uses multi-media tools including audio and video ads aired on television, radio, and via mobile video units throughout Tanzania, posters placed in all health facilities, an information kit targeted to medical professionals and influential leaders (e.g. members of parliament, religious leaders), a 30 minute documentary narrated by Julius Nyaisanga and engagement of national music stars.
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
PSM Working Group meeting, 9-10 July, Washington DC

Meeting of the RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group to follow-up on next steps identified at 12th RBM Board meeting (workplan, budget, co-chairs).
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