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Reaching the First Milestone of the GMAP

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On this World Malaria Day, the international community commits itself to eliminate malaria as a major global public health problem. RBM Partners and country representatives announce new ambitious initiatives to achieve universal coverage with malaria control tools in the countdown to 2010, to reach near-zero deaths by 2015 and begin to tackle malaria elimination in more countries. On World Malaria Day 2009, we rally for a single purpose: to show our political support to the Global Malaria Action Plan and to commit with vigour to its rapid and universal implementation

View Video statement of Prof Coll-Seck Statement

Read the RBM Statement in English, in French

Joint Statement on the Occasion of World Malaria Day 2009 by H.E. the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Prof Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and The Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck in English

Counting Malaria Out for Refugees: Joint Statement on the Occasion of World Malaria Day 2009 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres and The Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck in English

RBM World Malaria Day Press Release in English


$225 Million Partnership to Bring Effective Malaria Drugs to All Who Need Them

Oslo, 17 April: - An international partnership was launched Friday to put affordable life-saving malaria drugs within reach of millions of people, especially children, in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The new initiative will reduce the price of effective malaria drugs so they can drive older, ineffective drugs out of the market. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will manage the new initiative.
The initiative, known as the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, was developed through Roll-Back Malaria – a broad partnership of public and private institutions, such as the World Bank, UNICEF, the Dutch Government, the Global Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
View the Joint Press Release
13 minutes of varied B-roll
Live Press Conference


 

RBM WEB SITE ADDITIONS:

Visit RBM Partnership New web site!

Our new design will give extra visibility to RBM's most exciting work. Please let us know what you think of our new design. We would love to get your feedback.


RBM Toolbox

We are happy to inform you that the RBM Toolbox for malaria control is now available at www.rollbackmalaria.org/toolbox/. This new resource provides a valuable arsenal of tools and methods to assist countries in their fight against malaria. The RBM Toolbox contains a wide range of proven tools and methods to plan, manage, implement, and track progress in the scale-up of malaria control activities. These tools can be adapted to specific country contexts and applied to strengthen the capacity of endemic countries to rapidly scale up and sustain malaria control activities.
Our flyer presents the RBM toolbox and includes instructions on how to submit a tool used in a country to support malaria control efforts and how to provide feedback on the RBM Toolbox. We would like to acknowledge and thank all the participating Partners who have contributed to the development of the current tools and we look forward to additional contributions in the future.
The RBM Toolbox provides opportunities for shared learning by:

  • Promoting the use of tools to improve field results.
  • Promoting best or promising practices and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Facilitating tools-sharing with partners and countries.
  • Limiting duplication of efforts.
  • Providing a mechanism for obtaining partner feedback to improve tools and website.
  • Helping identify additional tools needed to support country efforts.

The tools are organized into seven categories: Policies and Strategies, Assessing and Planning, Resourcing and Mobilization, Implementation of Interventions, Implementation Systems, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Advocacy and Communication. Some of the tools have been developed by individual RBM partner organizations; others have been developed by multi-partner collaborations. All tools have been tested in malaria-endemic countries.
We urge you to inform your colleagues about the RBM Toolbox by announcing the availability of this important new resource. In addition, you can help us promote its use by creating a link to the RBM Toolbox on the website of your organisation by putting the following code:

<a href="http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/
toolbox/"> <img src="http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/
toolbox/images/toolbox.gif" border="0" alt="RBM Toolbox" /></a>

To achieve our ambitious collective goals, laid out in the Global Malaria Action Plan, countries need access to proven methods for tackling malaria. By promoting the Toolbox, using and adapting the existing tools, and providing feedback on their use and the RBM website, you can continue to help roll back malaria.

The RBM Toolbox Task Force

UPDATES:

New guidance on Malaria Elimination launched

Malaria Elimination Group Geneva, 24 April: - Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination, and its companion, Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Guide on Malaria Elimination for Policy Makers were launched by the Global Health Group of the University of California at San Francisco, on behalf of the Malaria Elimination Group.
The Malaria Elimination Group held its third meeting in Giessbach (Switzerland) this week. The agenda included updates from country and regional elimination initiatives, a celebration of the publication of the Shrinking the Malaria Map documents, and planning for MEG's next phase of work. The meeting was co-hosted by the Swiss Tropical Institute.
Visit Malaria Elimination web site


 

Organization of Islamic Conference Calls on Its Members States to Tackle Malaria

Organization of Islamic Conference Secretary Jeddah / Geneva, 22 April: - The Organization of Islamic Countries is concerned that 43 of its Member States are currently at risk from malaria. In this group 23 are rated as high burden countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that are in dire need of continued support to scale up for impact and achieve high levels of coverage with effective anti-malaria interventions. At least 14 OIC Member States are working towards malaria elimination based on the resolution adopted by the recently held Second Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers in Tehran.
View the Joint Statement of the OIC and RBM

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

4-7 May AMP Training workshop for LLINs scale up

5-6 May Nineteenth GFATM Board Meeting

11-12 May RBM Harmonization Working Group Meeting

13-15 May Sixteenth Board meeting of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership

12-15 May Micronutrient forum: Micronutrients, health and development

18-20 May Fifth Annual BioMalPar Conference on Biology and Pathology of Malaria

18-20 May 19th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

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

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