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Leaders to Focus on Malaria at Tokyo Conference, Tokyo / Geneva, 26 May 2008

PRESS CONFERENCE to call for scaled-up action against the diseaseFinancing malaria control is a commanding theme at the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), starting on May 27 in Yokohama. African leaders will address the burden of malaria within the human security segment of the 3-day conference, signaling the significance of a disease that hampers Africa's economic development.
Read the RBM Media Alert [in English] [en français] [in Japanese]
Fighting Malaria Key to Achieving Millennium Promise ["me too" Press Release]

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds Prime Minister Brown's commitment to donate $200 million to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, 9 April 2008 Los Angeles, USA

G Brown In a taped appearance at Idol Gives Back, a star-studded US television charity event, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced his government's pledge to contribute $200 million to provide bed nets to populations at risk for malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership commends the UK government for joining Hollywood's musical artists and the American public in sending a tremendous message of hope to the world, and calls on the rest of the donor community to commit the funds necessary to tackle malaria once and for all.
More info: Brown in £100m war on malaria
Every child deserves to sleep safe in bed at night

The 14th RBM Partnership Board convenes to fine-tune a strategy for accelerating malaria control worldwide, Geneva, 14-16 May 2008

The 14th RBM Partnership Board

Seven constituencies, represented at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, convened for the 14th biannual RBM Board meeting, to bring consensus to the global strategy for meeting the RBM 2010 targets. The RBM Board has reviewed progress, best practices, and regional needs assessments and discussed key challenges that needed to be addressed in the short, medium and long term to achieve sustainable malaria control worldwide. Key agenda items include the Partnership's harmonized work plan for 2008, the global malaria business plan, the affordable medicines facility for malaria and the deployment of a Partnership implementation team - the Malaria Implementation Support Team (MIST).
View 14th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Summary of Decision Points

Sumitomo Chemical Announces Olyset Production Expansion in West Africa, 7 May 2008

Sumitomo chemical

This week in London, Sumitomo Chemical announced plans to expand the local production of Olyset nets to West Africa, through a new production facility in Nigeria. When constructed, the new factory will generate 5,000 local jobs, and by increasing the availability of bed nets in the region, will potentially save 400,000 lives over the next 5 years from malaria
More info from Sumitomo Chemical


Novartis announces 20% average reduction in price of malaria drug Coartem® to further accelerate access in malaria-endemic regions, 23 April 2008 Basel, Switzerland


Novartis has announced a 20% average reduction in the price of Coartem® tablets (artemether/lumefantrine 20 mg/120 mg), the state-of-the-art artemisinin-based combination treatment (ACT) for malaria. Starting this Friday, which is World Malaria Day, this price reduction will increase access to Coartem for millions of malaria patients, especially children in low income regions of Africa.
Read Novartis Press Release

Nigeria strengthens drug safety programme focusing on ACTs, 22 April 2008 Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria strengthens drug safety programme focusing on ACTsThe Nigerian Government has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with RaPID to strengthen the country's capacity to conduct pharmacovigilance. The initial project will focus on the safety profile of two artemisinin-combination treatments, artemether-lumefantrine and artesunate-amodiaquine, which form the foundation of the country's malaria treatment program.

RBM welcomes faith-based organizations to the fight against malaria, 4 April 2008 Geneva, Switzerland

UN Foundation's new partnershipThe Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds UN Foundation's new partnership with faith-based organizations to raise $200 million for the global fight against malaria.
"We wholeheartedly support this initiative," stated Dr. Awa-Marie Coll Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We are reaching a critical point in the fight against malaria. Only 3 years separate us from our 2010 global target of covering 80% of all people at risk with adequate protection and treatment. This new partnership will mobilize funding to further accelerate coverage with much needed insecticide treated nets."
Since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, donor funding for malaria has increased from $100 million to $1 billion annually. Nevertheless, current funding covers only a third of the estimated global need. An additional $2 billion is needed every year to control malaria worldwide.
View UN Foundation Press Release

Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition arrives in Livingstone to international welcome on World Malaria Day, Livingstone, 25 April 2008

© Todd JenningsMinisters of Health from Southern Africa, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Roll Back Malaria partnership executives and expedition sponsors from as far away as Japan and USA welcomed the Zambezi expedition crew as they arrived in Livingstone, Zambia to commemorate the first ever World Malaria Day.
Read RBM Press Release
View Zambezi Expedition slide show
More info: on Zambezi Expedition and World Malaria Day web site

Malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa and RBM regional partners to roll out a plan on regional malaria initiatives, 3 April 2008 Maputo, Mozambique

SARN Meeting 20084 malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa and RBM regional partners have begun reviewing progress of malaria control activities in the region at the 2nd annual general assembly of the Southern Africa Regional Network. The assembly united governmental agencies from the represented countries with multilateral organizations, private sector, research organizations and donors to coordinate and budget for malaria control initiatives in the region.
More info on SARN Meeting

Malaria Partnership Launches "Cover The Bed Net Gap" Initiative To Protect Everyone At Risk Of Malaria In Africa, Livingstone, Zambia, 25 April 2008

In direct response to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call for universal coverage of malaria control in Africa, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) today launches the "Cover The Bed Net Gap" initiative to rally donor countries, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and the general public to achieve the goal of universal bed net coverage by December 31, 2010.
Read the RBM Press Release
Full text of the UN Secretary-General's announcement


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