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Global Leaders commit to ending malaria at World Economic Forum

Davos, 31 January 2009: In spite of the worldwide financial crisis and grim economic outlook, global leaders met at the World Economic Forum this week ever more committed to ending malaria. At a special session entitled Completing the Malaria Mission, business magnates and public sector leaders discussed progress, upcoming challenges, and new initiatives to continue engaging the private sector in the implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan. Participants included Peter Chernin, President of the News Corporation, Rex W. Tillerson, Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil, Luis Dias Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, Daniel Vasella, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis, Rajat K. Gupta, Chairman of the Global Fund Board, and Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
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RBM applauds Obama's commitment to malaria
Statement by the Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Geneva, Switzerland, 20 January 2009: On the occasion of today's US presidential inauguration, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes Barack Obama for stating his intention to "step up US focus on prevention and treatment around the world" in order to "rid the world of death from a disease that doesn't have to take lives."
Read the full Statement
View Barack Obama: A Pledge to End Deaths from Malaria by 2015


UPDATES:

Independent Evaluation of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership

Request for Proposals RFP Number 4986
The Board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) wishes to arrange for the services of an evaluation team to undertake an appraisal of the performance of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership: its governance; management; ability to convene, coordinate and harmonize RBM partners and stakeholders; and its impact on malaria efforts at country level.
Sealed Proposals must be received by 11:00 a.m., Geneva time on 25 February 2009.
View Request for Proposals


RBM partners launch a new malaria medicine to save children

Basel, 27 January 2009: Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and Novartis launch the first pediatric malaria cure that is dispersible, sweet-tasting and approved by a stringent regulatory authority. Coartem ® Dispersible was developed to meet a critical medical need. With the launch of this new child-friendly medicine MMV and Novartis have demonstrated the power of partnership.
View Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture press release
Coartem Dispersible - Saving Children's Lives Video clip


MSF calls on UNITAID to address shortage of artemisinin raw material

Lausanne, 27 January 2009: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on the UNITAID Board to address the shortage of artemisinin raw material in 2010 that puts the global scale-up of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) treatment at risk. Experts estimate a shortfall of approximately 40 tons of artesiminin starting material to produce an expected 240 million treatments needed in 2010.
Read the Letter to the UNITAID Board


RECENT EVENTS:

RBM clears ground for future malaria elimination

Barcelona 28-30 January 2009: As the RBM Partnership prepares to implement the Global Malaria Action Plan, partners from RBM's Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) gather to discuss ways to strengthen data collection and routine monitoring of malaria. Key discussion topics include survey and research needs, mapping malaria risk and global reporting with a view to elimination.
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Nigeria strengthens Partnership to combat malaria

26-28 January, Enugu State, Nigeria: Nigerian National Malaria Control Programme Managers, Members of Parliament, government health officials, and Roll Back Malaria partners from within and outside Nigeria met to review progress and develop workplans to achieve scaling up for impact by 2010. Participants included the adviser to the UN Special Envoy on Malaria, the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, the Global Fund, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, the media, and many more.
Nigeria has 144 million people at risk of malaria, and shares borders with numerous other countries, making malaria control in this country essential to achieving regional and global Roll Back Malaria targets by 2010.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

2-3 February RBM PSMWG Annual Meeting

4-5 February The Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) Meeting

7 February RBM MAWG Annual Meeting

12-14 February AMFm Workshop

For information on upcoming events please check the RBM online Calendar of events and submit your events to the Calendar.

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