RBM EUpdate


World's Largest Malaria Conference Opens with Research Aimed at Eradication
1 November 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

The world's largest malaria conference opened today with a call for substantial and sustained support for research to guide evidence-based policies and the development of new malaria tools, which together could save countless lives. The 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Conference brought together 2,000 researchers, health workers, public health officials, policymakers and activists from across Africa and around the world. Kenya's Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka opened the conference. The first MIM conference in four years, it highlighted the latest research in malaria prevention and treatment.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recently announced 76 grants of US$100,000 each to researchers in 16 countries, including South Africa and Uganda, for innovative ways to diagnose and fight malaria, as well as deliver more effective vaccines.
View MIM Press release
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Discuss the conference on the Civil society World Malaria Day website


Call for Nomination: RBM Southern NGO constituency
15 October 2009

Call for Nomination: RBM Southern NGO constituencyThe Communications Focal Point, Southern NGO Board Member and Alternate will be selected from within the Support Delegation in mid-November 2009 through a ballot process.
Closing date for all letters of interest: 15 November 2009.
Please send nominations to: rbmboard@who.int
View Call for Nomination


RBM publishes endemic country roadmaps to reaching universal coverage in Africa
12 October 2009

Roadmaps Malaria-endemic countries in Africa have developed 42 roadmaps to achieving the 2010 Universal Coverage Targets, the RBM Partnership announced today. The roadmaps summarize and quantify country needs for commodities and technical assistance and highlight existing gaps. Developed through the support of the RBM's subregional networks and the RBM Secretariat, the country roadmaps will guide the Partnership's country support strategy for delivering malaria prevention and treatment interventions to all populations at risk by the end of 2010.
View 2010 roadmaps



"United Against Malaria": using football to fight malaria
Zurich, 18 October 2009

SMS for LifeRBM revealed a new campaign to fight malaria through football to an audience of 185 national football associations at a FIFA Medical Conference in Zurich. The campaign "United against malaria" will be officially launched in November. It has already gathered a global team of supporters, including multilateral organisations, NGOs, foundations, governments, corporations, football stars and celebrities. It aims to reduce malaria deaths and cases through raising awareness through football during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond.
View UAM/RBM Press release


Leadership interview: "A leader anticipates and prepares for change"
October 2009

Mikkel Vestergaard FrandsenCEO of Vestergaard Frandsen S.A. has just accepted the Economist's Social and Economic Innovation Award for developing low-cost health devices for the world's poor at an Awards Ceremony in London.
Read the interview


Global Fund grant helps put bednets in every home in Nigeria
Geneva, 23 October 2009

Global Fund grant helps put bednets in every home in NigeriaThe Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria announced today that a newly signed agreement will provide the resources for 30 million bednets, half the number needed to meet universal coverage by December 2010. Together, the newly signed malaria grants amount to the largest single malaria initiative ever signed by the Global Fund.
View the Global Fund Press release
Nigeria 2010 Roadmap


MMV receives $115 million from Gates Foundation
1 September 2009, Kigali, Rwanda

MMV receives $115 million from Gates FoundationMMV has received its fifth and largest grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fund its Research and Development pipeline with an additional $115 million over the next 5 years. The grant supports MMV's ability to discover, develop and deliver affordable, safe, effective and innovative antimalarial drugs for vulnerable populations.
View MMV Press Release



RBM Harmonisation Working Group Meeting
29-30 October 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

RBM Harmonisation Working Group MeetingRBM partners gathered in Nairoby for the semi-annual meeting of the RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG). The meeting improved coordination across the HWG and enabled effective information-sharing on country progress towards the 2010 target of universal coverage.
More info on HWG


PSM LLIN training workshop
13-15 October 2009

PSM LLIN training workshop

Participants from 25 malaria-endemic countries worldwide and global partners have gathered for a three-day workshop on procurement and supply chain management issues related to LLINs. Organised by the Roll Back Malaria PSM Working Group and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, this workshop gave the opportunity to country teams to explore practical solutions to various LLIN procurement and supply chain management bottlenecks as well as share country experiences in this area of work.
For more info please contact P Verstratae



3rd Inter-Agency Meeting on Coordination and Harmonization of Hiv/Aids, TB and Malaria Strategies
28-30 October 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

3rd Inter-Agency Meeting on Coordination and Harmonization of HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria StrategiesTheme “Progress Towards Achievement of Abuja Call for Universal Access to HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria Services by 2010: The Final Push for Action”.
View Concept note


Monitoring and Evaluation Workshops Organized by UNDP
30 September - 7 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

RBM Harmonisation Working Group MeetingTwo Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) workshops (English and French) for countries where UNDP is Principal Recipient (PR) of GFATM grants were held in Geneva from September 30-October 7. In line with UNDP's priority to reinforce national ownership in GFATM implementation, as well as UNDP's commitment to an exit strategy, participants included UNDP GFATM project-related staff and national M & E counterparts from 24 countries. The goal of these workshops was to strengthen the capacity of countries to best utilize the performance-based funding system of the Global Fund.
More info



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  3. Guinea Bissau [in French]
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2-6 November 5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference

3-7 November Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) First African Summit

6 November Malaria Day in the Americas

8-10 November African Launch of United Against Malaria - UAM Malaria at 2010 World Cup

8-10 November WEF - India Economic Summit

9-11 November The Global Fund Twentieth Board Meeting

10 November The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG): Elimination of malaria

10 November US Launch of United Against Malaria - UAM Malaria at 2010 World Cup

12 November South African Health Ministers Meeting

12-13 November MMV 10th Anniversary and Board Meeting

13 November SADC Malaria Day

16 November 2009 European Launch of United Against Malaria - UAM Malaria at 2010 World Cup

16-20 November 2009 Global Forum for Health Research 2009: Innovating for the health of all

18-20 November 2009 The Global Fund PSM Workshop

17 November 2009 Improving Vector Control Measures - European Conference

18-22 November 2009 ASTMH 58th Annual Meeting

24 November 2009 The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG): The Launch of the NTD Report 'The Threat of Insecticide Resistance to Public Health'


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