RBM EUpdate


Prof Coll-Seck, EXD of RBM Partnership, selected TED Fellow

Dr Coll-Seck, EXD of RBM Partnership, selected TED Fellow Los Angeles, 4 February 2009: TED, a conference bringing together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more, today welcomed Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck as one of its speakers. As a former Minister of Health, medical doctor, mother of four, and now Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr Coll-Seck delivered short talks on the power of giving and the possibility for change, using as examples Ethiopia's progress in reducing malaria deaths and her own experiences in mobilizing the will and the funds to combat the disease.
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Malaria Capital Campaign Puts Business to Work

$100 Million Corporate Effort to Spur Progress in the Fight against Malaria
Davos, 2 February 2009: Leaders in the global business community announced today a private-sector initiative to apply sophisticated business skills to help end a global health crisis. The Malaria Capital Campaign will raise $100 million from the business community, philanthropists and sovereign states to help provide everyone at risk in Africa with anti-malaria tools by the end of 2010.
View MNM and GBC Press Release



Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium renews commitment to Roll Back Malaria until 2010

HRH Princess Asrtid Brussels/Geneva, 13 March 2009: - Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium announced her commitment to continue as Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Special Representative and scale up her activities to support the global fight against malaria--one of the world's three major killer diseases.
View RBM Press Release [in English]
Statement by Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck

RBM and Princess Astrid of Belgium visit Gulf royalties and leaders to strengthen the region's commitment to the global malaria effort

Geneva 27 March: - A high-level RBM delegation, led by Prof. Awa Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director and Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, RBM Special Representative, begins a visit to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates today to make malaria a higher priority on the political agenda of the region.
Supported by Vestergaard Frandsen, the United Nations Foundation and Qatar Airways, the RBM delegation will meet with royal families and other key leaders and decision makers in the three Gulf countries to discuss the implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan, the globally agreed strategy for achieving control, elimination and eventually eradication of malaria.
Over the past two decades, the countries of the Gulf region have successfully reduced and, in several cases, eliminated malaria using an effective combination of prevention and treatment. Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan are the three countries in the region that are still focusing on ensuring effective malaria control.
RBM partners are working to maintain, share and spread successes from the Middle East elsewhere in the world, particularly in Africa, where the vast majority of malaria deaths occur.


The Islamic Development Bank and the Global Fund join forces in the fight against malaria and other major diseases

The Islamic Development Bank Tehran 8 March 2009: - The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly support activities of IDB member countries aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and especially MDG 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
View IDB and The Global Fund Press Release


The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Mr Ray Chambers, for exceptional commitment and leadership after his first year in office

Mr Ray Chambers On 14 February 2009, Mr Ray Chambers completed his first year as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria. Mr Chambers has proven to be an invaluable advocate and strategist in the global malaria response. Mr Chambers played a key role in the development and launch of the UN Secretary General's call to achieve universal coverage by 2010; he also organized and hosted the MDG Malaria Summit in September 2008, which saw the unveiling of the Global Malaria Action Plan and garnered wide media attention and unprecedented political commitments. In addition, Mr Chambers was influential in the Global Fund Board's decision to invite countries to accelerate interventions and submit proposals that sought universal coverage by 2010. He regularly speaks to heads of government, other leaders, and an array of audiences, encouraging them to focus on obtaining rapid results and to treat the 2010 target as a deadline, not an aspirational goal. He also serves as an ex officio member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates Mr Ray Chambers for his tireless commitment and efforts.
View UN Press Release
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Commemorating World Malaria Day 2009: "Counting Malaria Out"

The second World Malaria Day – 25th April 2009 – marks a critical moment in time. The international malaria community has merely two years to meet the 2010 Abuja targets and achieve universal coverage with all malaria interventions as called for by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) has articulated clearly what needs to be done and how Partners must collectively go forward to meet short, medium and long term goals.
Visit World Malaria Day 2009 web site in English in French


Sumitomo Chemical donates 20,000 nets to citizens of Moheli, Comoros Islands

Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed SambiAn ambitious mass drug administration pilot project aiming at malaria elimination on the island of Mohéli was carried out by the Federation of the Comoros in 2008. In a step to safeguard the reductions in malaria endemicity, Sumitomo Chemical has donated 20,000 Olyset nets, sufficient to provide universal coverage for all the inhabitants of Mohéli. The nets were received in a ceremony attended by the President of the Comoros Islands Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, as well as the Minister of Health, Bouchrati Abdoulhalim.



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RBM partners seek to strengthen community systems as a step to expanding delivery of malaria prevention and treatment

RBM partners seek to strengthen community systems as a step to expanding delivery of malaria prevention and treatment Geneva, 23 March 2009: - Nearly 50 participants from community and faith-based organizations, UN institutions, NGOs and the private sector, will gather in Geneva for a  three-day meeting to discuss how to strengthen community systems and improve malaria prevention and treatment in communities.  Lead by World Vision International (WVI) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),  the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will highlight the impact that strong community systems have on malaria control efforts and will offer a platform for sharing good practice from this field of work.
View Draft Agenda, Provisional List of Participants and Concept Note


SADC countries launch "E8" a cross-border partnership to eliminate malaria

SADC 2-3 March 2009. Windhoek, Namibia: - Ministers of Health in Southern Africa today launched a new sub-regional partnership that aims to eliminate malaria in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The E8 - (Elimination 8) - initiative brings together Ministers from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, four low-burden countries which have been targeted for elimination by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), to work closely with their counterparts in neighbouring Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, where malaria still has a serious impact on health and livelihoods.
View Statement by Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership


RBM partners meet to strengthen global advocacy on malaria

Malaria advocacyGeneva, 7 February 2009: More than 20 RBM partners representing different partnership constituencies met in Geneva for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG). Discussions focused on two key areas: streamlining the global malaria advocacy effort and developing a unified advocacy strategy for promoting the Global Malaria Action Plan, adopted in September 2008.
View Draft agenda


RBM partners align efforts to scale up net distribution and use

Bednet productionGeneva, 4-5 February 2009: Expanding mosquito net ownership and use is the commanding theme of a two-day working meeting, organised by the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP), a subgroup of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
More than 90 RBM partners, including government, business, faith-based, humanitarian and UN organizations will gather in Geneva to report on progress in the mass distribution of long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs), as well as address challenges related to reaching the 2010 malaria targets.
Key discussion topics include identifying country needs, tracking net distribution, recuperating old nets, and putting in place communication strategies to support the Partnership-wide scale-up effort.


RBM partners seek solutions to commodity bottlenecks at country level

PSMWG Meeting Geneva 2-3 February 2009: More than 30 RBM partners from UN agencies, the private sector, NGOs, academic institutions foundations and donors gathered in Geneva today to scope out RBM's contribution to the resolution of bottlenecks in procurement and supply chain management at country level.
Key discussion topics include LLIN and ACT bottlenecks, quality assurance of malaria commodities and the provision of continued RBM assistance to countries seeking Global Fund grants. The meeting sets in motion the development of a work plan for procurement and supply chain management for 2010-2011.
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