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13th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting, Addis Ababa, 28 - 29 November 2007

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Health Ministers, heads of agencies, philanthropists, and many of the world's leading institutions in the global fight against malaria are meeting in Addis this week to endorse approaches to escalate malaria prevention, treatment and care and achieve high level coverage with malaria control over much of the African continent. Members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, representing the malaria community worldwide, will examine comprehensive proposals to bring down the price of malaria treatments and engage all partners in an ambitious global business plan to finance an intensified battle against the disease.
View Decision Points and Next Steps
Malaria Landscape Report 2007
RBM Partnership Press Release [PDF version]
Dr Margaret Chan: Opening remarks at the 13th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting
World Bank Press Release

QUICK UPDATE:
Malaria community applauds Clinton $1 billion a year pledge, Addis Ababa, 29 November 2007

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U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today pledged to expand the U.S. government commitment to malaria to US$1 billion a year if elected, setting the goal of ending malaria-related deaths in Africa by the end of her second term. The campaign said this funding would be in addition to U.S. government support of malaria control through the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which finances the majority of malaria control efforts around the world.
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Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announces record figure of US $471 million for malaria, Geneva, 12 November 2007

Global Fund logo

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced a total of US $471 million for malaria control over the next two years - the largest amount approved for malaria control in a single round of grant-making . Successful countries include Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guyana, Iran, Lao, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia, with 62% of eligible malaria proposals recommended for funding. Of the total amount recommended for Round 7 for all three diseases (US$1,119 billion), grants for malaria represent 42%.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [PDF print version]

New innovation grants boost malaria advocacy efforts in Africa, London, 5 November 2007,

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Malaria Consortium has announced three grants for malaria advocacy to civil society organizations covering twelve African countries. The Innovation Grants are part of Mobilising for Malaria, an advocacy programme supported by GlaxoSmithKline's African Malaria Partnership. They aim to boost advocacy efforts to improve Africa-to-Africa accountability for response to malaria suffering on the continent as well inspire African civil society organizations and media to become "leaders" in the fight against malaria in Francophone and Anglophone African countries.
View Malaria Consortium Press Release [en français]

RECENT EVENTS:
UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health Calls on All Actors to Fulfil their Human Rights Duties in the Fight against Malaria, London, 11 December 2007

Photo by Jon ChallicomOn Human Rights Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Professor Hunt, called for urgent monitoring and accountability and better coordination from all parties - developing and developed states, the international community, and the private and public actors, including pharmaceutical companies - to ensure the "Right to the highest attainable health" for all, and to fight malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that kills more than 1 million people every year.
More info from Malaria Consortium
View Paul Hunt's speech
"Malaria & The Right to Health" factsheet
Paul Hunt's Official Report on Uganda

International Colloquia on Malaria in the Mekong Region, Hanoi, 3-5 December 2007

International Colloquia on Malaria in the Mekong RegionThe Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, in collaboration with the National Institute for Malaria Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) in Hanoi, organized its annual international colloquium in Vietnam from 3-5 December. The main objectives were to review the current malaria control situation in the Mekong region; identify remaining knowledge gaps; formulate strategies for the consolidation and extension of achievements; optimize measures to roll back forest and border malaria and examine ways to contain the spread of drug and insecticide resistance. Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, and Dr Arata Kochi, Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme gave key presentations at the meeting.
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SADC malaria week welcomes launch of SARN, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 23 November 2007

SADC malaria week welcomes launch of SARN

The Southern Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (SARN) was officially launched on the occasion of SADC malaria week, commemorated this year in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. SARN is the first sub-regional network that will be linked to a regional economic block, being hosted by SADC. SADC malaria week saw high-level strategic discussions on malaria elimination in the region as well as gala performances by RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.
View SADC Press Release

EARN Annual Coordination for Implementation Support Meeting, Arusha, 20-22 November 2007

7th EARN Meeting

The Eastern Africa RBM Network (EARN) Annual Coordination for Implementation Support Meeting took place from 20-22 November 2007 in Arusha Tanzania. EARN countries presented information on resolving implementation bottlenecks to achieve scale-up for impact. These presentations are available on the EARN webpage.

NEW PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES:
Defining and Defeating the Intolerable Burden of Malaria III: Progress and Perspectives, December 2007

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and HygieneThis special supplement from The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene was created to raise awareness for the continued need for funding and research to combat malaria. This collection of articles provides new knowledge and aims to strengthen the capacity of scientists and institutions to address the burden of malaria through research and development of science-based policies and interventions in the malarious countries.
View December 2007, Volume 77, 6 Supplement

All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group Calls for Strong Support to the Immediate Launch of An Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria, London, 22 November 2007

The All-Party Parliamentary Malaria GroupThe All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group (APPMG) launches its third report which looks at the case for a new facility mechanism for affordable malaria treatment. The Group's previous reports focused on the global malaria crisis and financing mechanisms to tackle the disease. "The Right Drug at the Right Time - The Power of the Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria (AMFm) to Save Lives" focuses on a fundamental gap in delivering effective malaria control to those most in need. Specifically, it looks at the potential of an Affordable Medicines Facility to bring down the price of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) by ensuring widespread use and discouraging use of single drugs which may accelerate development of resistance to treatment.
View the APPMG report

UPCOMING EVENTS:

9 - 10 January : 10th RBM Partnership Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group meeting; Geneva, Switzerland

11 January : Réunion des partenaires sur l'elaboration d'un business plan pour 2008 - 2010; Dakar, Sénégal

17 January : Roll Back Malaria Partnership Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) Executive Session; London, UK

22 -24 January : Forecasting Task Force Meeting (Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSMWG))

25 January : World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008; Davos, Switzerland

28 - 30 January : WARN annual meeting; Bamako, Mali

 

 

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