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Global Roadmap to End Malaria Launched at UN Summit

Global Roadmap to End Malaria Launched at UN Summit
More than 4 million lives can be saved by 2015 if resources are scaled up, reports a new malaria elimination plan launched by members of the international community attending the UN Summit in New York on Sept. 25, 2008.

The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP), developed by the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, is the first-ever single comprehensive blueprint for global malaria control and elimination. It outlines strategies, costs, goals and timelines designed to build on the trajectory of recent successes in malaria control, moving towards full malaria control and beyond in countries across the globe. Heads of state and government, major agencies and private sector representatives, faith and civil society leaders have united behind this plan to ensure full coverage of malaria interventions by 2010 and to achieve near zero preventable malaria deaths by 2015 as a major step towards ultimately eradicating malaria.

View the full Global Malaria Action Plan
GMAP Launch Press Release
RBM notice on the GMAP launch
Backgrounder about the GMAP
GMAP presentation
Backgrounder about the RBM Partnership

WHO Releases World Malaria Report 2008

Half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, and an estimated 247 million cases led to nearly 881 000 deaths in 2006. The advent of long-lasting insecticidal nets and artemisinin-based combination therapy, plus a revival of support for indoor residual spraying of insecticide, presents a new opportunity for large-scale malaria control. The World malaria report 2008 describes the global distribution of cases and deaths, how WHO-recommended control strategies have been adopted and implemented in endemic countries, sources of funding for malaria control, and recent evidence that prevention and treatment can alleviate the burden of disease.
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Global Effort on Malaria Kicks Off in France

September 9, Paris 2008: - France hosts a week of keynote events to reinforce global commitment to ending malaria deaths. The French initiative launched with a photo exhibition, attended by over 500 ministers, parliamentarians from Europe and Africa, NGOs and private sector representatives. Friends of the Global Fund Europe, under the leadership of President Michèle Barzach, spearheaded organization of the events. Worldwide advocacy efforts over the next month will launch the World Malaria Report 2008 and the Global Malaria Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy for achieving malaria control and elimination worldwide. Events scheduled for Geneva, New York, Nairobi, Bamako and Manila will target intensified response to the disease.
Read more onkeynote events in Paris and other advocacy events



Protecting populations in the DRC
Kinshasa, September 18, 2008: - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is undertaking two large-scale activities aimed at moving towards national coverage with mosquito nets for malaria prevention. In Kinshasa - the third largest urban center in Africa – the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) will distribute two million long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN). In addition, an integrated vaccination and malaria campaign will take place in Equateur province with the objective of protecting more than 1.5 million children from the ravages of measles, poliomyelitis, vitamin A deficiency, intestinal worms and malaria. Close to 1.5 million LLINs will be distributed during the weeklong campaign.
More info on The Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP)
Read AMP Press Release


Davantage de soutien international promis pour la lutte contre le paludisme au Bénin
Cotonou, 2 septembre 2008: M. Ray Chambers, envoyé spécial des Nations Unies pour le paludisme, et la Directrice Exécutive du Partenariat Faire Reculer le Paludisme Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck ont rendu une visite au chef de l'Etat du Bénin, Thomas Boni Yayi, pour discuter des mesures nécessaires à l'intensification de la lutte contre le paludisme en Afrique. Le Bénin, qui bénéfice déjà de 20 millions USD d'aide américaine, fera l'objet d'efforts par l'envoyé spécial aux fins de lever davantage de fonds pour soutenir le pays dans sa croisade contre la maladie.
Voir OMS/Bénin Communiqué de presse


Friends Africa and AfriCASO in Strategic Partnership
Ghana, September 2008: Friends Africa and AfriCASO organized a Grassroots NGO Capacity Building Seminar, 15-17 September in Accra, to increase the planning, evaluation and fundraising capacity of 60 African community-level organizations. His Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Vice-President of Ghana, opened the seminar. The UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa and Global Fund Vice Chair Elizabeth Mataka also played a lead role in the seminar, which was designed to build the grant writing, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation capacity of participating organizations. The objective of this initiative is for grassroots organizations to scale up their activities by attracting increased funding through solid proposals and implementation of existing projects. A six-month follow-up support period is planned to track participants' progress towards desired outcomes.
More info from Friends of Africa

RBM deploys tools for collecting data critical to malaria control in countries
Lusaka, 9-12 September 2008: RBM's Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) initiated training workshops to help endemic countries carry out malaria indicator surveys (MIS). The MIS tool was developed by RBM to provide a better assessment of household coverage with effective interventions and facilitate malaria control policy decisions at country level.


Should malaria treatment in Africa be free?

Johannesburg, South Africa, 30 September 2008: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) called for free malaria treatment in Africa today as it released a report with recommendations for combating malaria based on its experience with hundreds of thousands of patients in Chad, Sierra Leone and Mail.
Providing free access to tests and treatment for malaria increases dramatically the number of people who seek treatment for the disease, the international medical aid group said.
Expanding testing will "ensure that we are treating malaria and not other diseases," said Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the leading forum for mobilizing action and resources in the global fight against malaria. Better access to testing will save lives, limit inappropriate treatment and help experts refine their estimates of the toll malaria is taking.
View MSF Press Release
Read Full Prescription: better malaria treatment for more people, MSF's experience report
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Progress Against Malaria in Tanzania

In its recent newsletter, the Ifakara Health Institute analyses the most recent malaria and HIV/AIDS data in Tanzania based on preliminary results from the national HIV/AIDS and Malaria Indicator Survey 2007-8. A particular focus on comparison to previous estimates is made. For instance, the proportion of women who received preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) went up from 22% to 57%.
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1 October Official Launch Call for Proposals for The Global Fund Round 9

2-3 October CORE Group Fall Meeting

6-10 October "MIS Planning and Implementation" workshop for francophone countries

7 October Global Health Council: The Launch of the Global Malaria Action Plan

8-10 October Artemisinin Conference 2008

13 October World Bank Group annual meeting

13 - 15 October Voices Annual Meeting

13-17 October Malaria Control in Emergencies Intensive Training Workshop

15-16 October Primary Health Care

20 October The Future of Parliamentary Involvement in Global Health and Development

21-22 October Nuit contre le paludisme (Cité des Sciences)

25-29 October 136th APHA Annual Meeting: Public Health Without Borders

27 October All-Party Parliamentary Group: an Evaluation, shrinking the map of malaria & an alternative to DDT

30-31 October MMV 19th Board Meeting

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