RBM events archive
Below, you can find RBM Partnership events that have been archived from the front page of the RBM web site. For detailed information on featured events, please reference the monthly RBM e-update.
White House Launches New Strategy for U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative; Re-commits Efforts for Elimination
25 February 2015 : -Government leaders and key development stakeholders gathered at the White House this morning to celebrate progress made against malaria through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)and to launch the program’s new strategy from 2015 to 2020. Highlighting U.S. commitment to malaria control and elimination, this strategy builds on successes that countries have achieved with PMI support, incorporates lessons learned from implementation of life-saving interventions and addresses existing challenges that threaten continued progress toward elimination.
Created in 2005 by the then president George W. Bush, PMI was established to curb the tide on the nearly 200 million cases of malaria affecting the African continent each year. Ten years later, PMI has proved to be a leading example of truly bi-partisan commitment to global health and foreign aid. Since its inception, PMI has helped distribute more than 80 million insecticide-treated nets, more than 65 million rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and more than 185 million antimalarial treatments to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria, respectively.
Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) celebrates its 15th anniversary
25 February 2015 : -Product development partnership MMV met this week in Siem Reap, Cambodia for its 13th Stakeholders’ Meeting and celebrated fifteen years of harnessing public and private sector to produce affordable solutions to defeat malaria.
Looking back to the late 1990s, speakers highlighted that it was the creation of new tools that unlocked the unprecedented investment in malaria control and resulted in significant humanitarian impact over the last decade and a half. Looking forward, under the theme, “In Pursuit of Medicines for Malaria Elimination: Strong partnerships, high impact” , partners asserted that better, smarter innovations over the next 15 to 20 years will help realize the collective ambition towards a malaria free world.
"If MMV didn’t exist, we would have to invent it,” said Dr Nafo Traoré, EXD RBM Partnership.
2nd Generation Global Malaria Action Plan 2016-2030 Public Review
17 February 2015: - "As we enter the final stages of our global consultation on this critical document, I would like to thank the Co-Chairs of the GMAP2 Task Force most sincerely for their commitment to guiding a process which has embraced collaboration, cooperation and consensus–building; the signature of true leadership. Together we can reach the 2030 malaria goals."
- Dr Fatoumata Nafo Traoré, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership
Statement from David Brandling Bennett, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Bernard Nahlen, U.S Presidents Malaria Initiative; Co-Chairs of the GMAP2 Task Force.
After months of extensive enquiry and a world-wide consultation which targeted constituencies and stakeholders in all sectors of society, we are delighted to invite the broader development community to review the penultimate version of the 2nd generation RBM Global Malaria Action Plan - "Towards a Malaria-Free World: A Global Case for Investment and Action 2016-2030".
At the close of the MDG era, this forward-looking and pragmatic perspective from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will help to guide the global malaria community as we collectively accelerate our efforts to defeat malaria.
"Towards a Malaria-Free World" is a companion document to the technical and policy recommendations in the WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030. It places the defeat of malaria firmly on the agenda of the new Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), and offers a way forward to further reduce and eliminate malaria over the next fifteen years, charting the way for the further scale-up of cost-effective malaria interventions and helping to transform the lives of the poor, the marginalized and vulnerable hard to reach groups.
"Towards a Malaria-Free World" calls on the health sector and non-health sectors alike to strengthen their engagement in the fight against malaria and build a global partnership towards the achievement of the SDGs that makes all actors ( governments, civil society and private sector) accountable, and that truly leaves no one behind.
By making the case for investing in malaria control and elimination it provides malaria advocates at all levels with a highly valuable advocacy tool, while also directing future action in critical areas for the achievement of the 2030 malaria goals.
We are honoured to have been a part of this important consultative process and invite you to contribute your views to help improve this document and advance progress in the global fight against malaria.
The English review opens to the public today, Tuesday 17 February and runs until Wednesday 18 March 2015. Draft French and Spanish versions will be offered for public review from 2-31 March 2015.
Click here to participate in the public review of "Towards a Malaria-Free World"
African Leaders adopt Malaria Elimination Scorecard 2030
4 February 2015 : -The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) forum at the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government took place on January 31 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the forum, African leaders adopted the malaria elimination agenda and several African countries were recognized for their progress in malaria control.
Efforts to improve malaria control have led to recent success across Africa. Between 2000 and 2013, malaria cases have been reduced by 34 percent, and malaria mortality has decreased by 54 percent. This translates into a 58 percent reduction in malaria deaths for children under five.
Motivated by tremendous progress, the African Union called for the elimination of the disease by 2030. The momentum helped African Leaders to adopt the malaria elimination agenda and to launch the ALMA 2030 Africa Malaria Elimination Scorecard to track progress and motivate action to ensure African countries meet the targets. African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, declared that “what we want is Africa free from malaria.”
Twelve countries were recognized for their significant progress in malaria elimination over the past year. Recipients of the 2015 ALMA Award for Excellence in three categories – Implementation of Vector Control, Most Improved in Malaria Control, and Innovation – were chosen by an independent selection of committee, representing the WHO, RBM, the private sector, civil society and academia.
10th Annual RBM VCWG focuses on Insecticide Resistance and future architecture of the RBM Partnership
3 February 2015 : -Participants in the 10th annual Vector Control Working Group meeting on 28-30 January exceeded 200 and engaged in robust discussion on emerging technical and political issues, the 2015 work plan, and the future structure of the RBM Partnership.
Insecticide resistance was a core concern and Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme in his introduction, stated, “This is the greatest current threat to the future of malaria control and to the sustainability of the achievements of recent years.” More than 50 percent of international funding for malaria control is spent on vector control commodities and prevention activities which accounts for the majority of 4.3 million deaths prevented since 2000.
Another major talking point of the meeting was the future shape of the RBM Partnership. The Task Force on Architecture and Governance, currently reviewing the structure and function of the Partnership, includes members of the VCWG and other working groups. Playing an essential role for malaria control in fostering a common vision, the VCWG has been invited to give inputs into this process.
This was the first annual meeting of the VCWG funded entirely by participants.
PMI Statement on Misuse of Bednets from Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer
26 January 2015 : -On January 24, 2015, The New York Times published an important story by Jeffrey Gettleman, their East Africa Correspondent, on fishermen using bednets in lakes and rivers in Kenya titled Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets are Used to Haul Fish In.
The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has a shared concern about the use of any long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LLIN) for anything other than their intended purpose of protection from malaria.
While the extent of LLIN misuse for fishing is unknown, the examples of misuse outlined in the article are of real concern and clearly driven by economics and food security concerns within these communities near bodies of water.
Read the full statement
Implementing the Post-2015 agenda - RBM Partnership joins the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General for leadership discussion during the World Economic Forum, Davos
22 January 2015 : -Alongside this year’s Annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Ms. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for Post-2015 Development Planning, and Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, hosted a private dinner to discuss how best to deliver the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
Government leaders, corporate executives and UN officials explored the importance of adopting a “people-centered approach” -- as highlighted by the UN Secretary-General in his recent Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda -- to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children across the development process. The discussion was moderated by by Rt. Hon. Stephen O'Brien, MP (UK), Envoy & Special Representative of the UK Prime Minister to the Sahel and RBM Global Advocate and included: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNFPA; Mr. Bertrand Badre, Managing Director & CFO of World Bank Group; Ms. Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF; Mr Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy & Country Programs, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Mr Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, among others.
SADC Malaria Day event aims to strengthen regional political commitment and leadership as well as mobilize communities and school children
20 January 2015 : -Surrounded by colourful posters, banners and a crowd of community members wearing malaria T-shirts and hats, SADC Health Ministers, senior health officials, WHO, SARN, PMI, PSMI and members of other organizations gathered at a Primary School in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on January 16 to discuss progress, challenges and success in responding to malaria in SADC countries.
The chosen theme and the slogan of the event - “Strong Partnerships Sustain Gains in Malaria Control” and “Combining Efforts: Key to Success” - promoted team efforts and collaboration as key factors in eliminating the disease. Dr Parirenyatwa, the SADC Chair, Minister of Health Zimbabwe, RBM Board Member for Southern Africa emphasized that countries should continue to invest resources and strengthen linkages with the private sector and other organizations for innovating financing in order to attain 2015 targets, provide inputs for GMAP2 and tailor new plans for post-2015. “Districts in E8 countries and SADC are moving from control to pre-elimination,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.
Speaking on behalf of RBM, the SARN Coordinator Brigadier General Dr Kaka Mudambo urged communities to take pride in their achievements and to take leadership in strengthening foundations already laid. Dr Mudambo affirmed that RBM will continue to support countries with technical assistance and evidence based business plans, strategic plans and annual work plans.
View the press release
WHO Global Malaria Programme visits Sierra Leone to assess progress of second round of malaria mass drug administration in response to Ebola
20 January 2015 : -The Ebola outbreak has created numerous challenges for the continuation of routine health services at all levels and has had adverse effects on the malaria programmes in affected countries.
After the successful completion of the first round of the malaria mass drug administration (MDA) campaign in Sierra Leone on December 5-8, 2014, the Ministry of Health started a second round on 16 January 2015, in collaboration with UNICEF, Medicines Sans Frontieres-Spain, the Global Fund, WHO, RBM and other partners.
Community in the most Ebola affected areas shun seeking health services. Therefore, the goal of the MDA campaign is to contribute to the containment of the Ebola outbreak by reducing malaria incidence – and thereby the number of suspected Ebola cases that would require screening and isolation – and to lower the risk of Ebola transmission among malaria patients.
A WHO delegation – comprised of Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, Dr Andrea Bosman and Dr Maru Aregawi – is visiting Sierra Leone on 19-21 January to provide technical support for the assessment of the MDA campaign and its impact.
Fighting malaria with football: United Against Malaria launches new PSA featuring African football stars alongside 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
16 January 2015 : -As an official social cause of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s United Against Malaria campaign (UAM) has once again partnered with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) and African football stars to leverage the power of football to share life-saving prevention and treatment messages throughout the continent.
Building on the successes achieved during the 2013 tournament, UAM has partnered with leading football players -- including Gervinho (Cote d’Ivoire), André Ayew (Ghana), Seydou Keita (Mali) and Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon) -- to bring messages to life with a new PSA that was formally launched during the official AFCON press conference on 16 February. This PSA will air in-stadium and throughout Africa on TV and radio throughout the duration of the tournament, which is being held in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January – 8 February.
The new PSA
2015 Season´s Greetings from the RBM Executive Director
1 January 2015 : -Dear partners, colleagues, friends, I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy 2015!
2015 is an important year for everyone in the global malaria community. It marks fifteen years of extraordinary effort to achieve significant improvements in the lives of the poorest and the most vulnerable.
Between 2001 and 2013 we have seen child malaria deaths cut by 53 percent. This means 4 million young lives saved as a result of your collective endeavours!
And 65 countries are on track to meet Millennium Development Goal 6 - to halt and reverse the incidence of malaria - with 55 countries having reduced malaria cases by 75 percent.
I would like to congratulate you all for the remarkable progress that has been made in the fight against malaria. As we greet the New Year and look back from where we have come, let us not forget that the MDGs remain unfinished business.
We must strive harder in 2015, to sustain these gains and move forward together toward malaria´s swift elimination.
Warm regards, Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré
Below, you can find RBM Partnership events that have been archived from the front page of the RBM web site. For detailed information on featured events, please reference the monthly RBM e-update.
The World Malaria Report 2014 was Launched This Week
9 December 2014 : -The World Malaria Report 2014 was launched in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament on December 9, 2014. The report summarizes information received from various sources, including malaria-endemic countries, and updates the analyses presented in the 2013 report.
It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47% worldwide and by 54% in the WHO African Region - where about 90% of malaria deaths occur.
View the report
27th Board Meeting updates community on RBM Partnership restructuring
8 December 2014 : -Following presentations and discussions during the 27th Board Meeting in Bangkok , Board members, the Malaria Advocacy Working Group ( MAWG) and the Secretariat have issued a communique to advise the malaria community on the proposed restructuring of the RBM Partnership.
“As we collectively develop the GMAP II, and prepare to meet the changes in the development landscape it is important that everyone is aware of the critical work being undertaken by the RBM Board and the Task Force on Architecture and Governance (TFAG) which will ensure the Partnership is able to adapt to the new environment, and maintain the fight against malaria as a universal priority,” said Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of RBM.
View a special message on the Partnership restructuring under RBM Board Meetings tab
RBM Partners Launch Report Highlighting Progress toward Malaria Elimination in the Asia-Pacific
8 December 2014 : -A new report highlighting the approach, goals and achievements of the Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) was launched the past week during the 27th Board Meeting of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN): Supporting the common goal of a malaria-free Asia-Pacific comes just weeks after the November 2014 commitment of regional Heads of State during the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to eliminate malaria from the region by 2030. In the report, authors highlight the leadership and local ownership needed to achieve such ambitious targets and identify the added value of innovative approaches the APMEN network model provides to complement existing efforts and further drive socio-economic development.
With 22 malaria-endemic countries in the Asia-Pacific, the region is home to over 2 billion people at risk of infection and accounts for approximately 32 million cases of malaria infection and 47,000 associated deaths each year. While a scale-up of interventions has averted over 80 million cases, and more than 100,000 deaths since 2000, the Asia-Pacific region continues to carry the second highest malaria burden outside of Africa. India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea bear the largest burden of the disease, accounting for 89% of all malaria cases in the region..
“Malaria elimination is vital to the continued development of the Asia-Pacific, not only helping to surpass threats like drug resistance and saving lives, but increasing school attendance, unlocking productivity and growing markets,” said Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of RBM.
View the report
RBM Global Advocate Honoured for Exceptional Achievements as Malaria Champion
2 December 2014 : -At the Malaria No More Breakfast of Champions being held this week in Washington, DC. , RBM Global Advocate Rt. Hon Stephen O`Brien MP will receive a Malaria Action Award for his role in influencing high level decisions in malaria control.
Born in Tanzania, Stephen O'Brien has a strong, long-standing and committed interest in Africa, security and development. In May 2013, Stephen O`Brien was appointed as the RBM Global Advocate to help officials in malaria endemic countries to reinforce political commitment in accelerating the fight against malaria in the current MDGs. In addition, he is currently serving as the UK Prime Minister's Special Envoy to the Sahel, having served as an International Development Minister in the Coalition Government, between May 2010 and September 2012.
Throughout his career, Stephen O’Brien has championed development issues, particularly malaria control and its eventual eradication. He founded and chaired the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases for 6 years and was the Chairman of the Malaria Consortium for over 4 years up until his appointment to the UK Government in 2010. He has also resumed his Trustee-Directorship of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and has been a Director of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium.
Recently, Stephen O`Brien visited PnG and Australia where he was instrumental in drawing attention to issues of malaria elimination in Asia Pacific.
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27th Annual RBM Partnership Board meets in Bangkok
28 November 2014 : -The RBM 27th Partnership Board Meeting will take place on 2-4 December in Thailand. The main agenda of the three-day meeting will be to develop consensus on the way forward for the RBM Partnership within the context of the new Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) and the post MDG development environment.
Deliberations will explore new Partnership architecture to ensure countries continue to be supported in their malaria control and elimination efforts; a new Progress & Impact Report on APMEN will be launched; and Board members will review the outcome of the redesign which has reduced the Secretariat capacity by 50 percent.
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The 32nd Global Fund Board Focuses on Impact and Discusses the First Learnings of the NFM
25 November 2014 : -The 32nd Global Fund Board Meeting was held in Montreux, Switzerland the past week to assess progress of NFM and make crucial decision points regarding governance, market dynamics, ethics, risk management and a new funding stream.
The Board indicated the need for targeting impact and ensuring greater simplicity within the NFM`s processes and procedures. It was concluded that the country concept notes should focus on more and better data and analysis of needs, as well as more precise application of TGF`s methodology.
The Board also agreed on a framework for reducing financial risk, ensuring cost efficiencies and savings. Such measures may allow covering the USD $1.3 billion need for countries to finance the second bednet replacement campaign within the current replenishment period.
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Leaders at East Asia Summit Commit to a Malaria Free Asia Pacific by 2030
14 November 2014 : -Leaders of the 18 East Asia Summit countries have committed to an ambitious goal of eliminating malaria from the entire Asia Pacific region in the next 15 years. The region-wide commitment builds on strong political and technical leadership provided by the co-chairs of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance - Prime Ministers of Australia and Viet Nam.
The Asia Pacific region has an estimated 32 million cases of malaria each year and 47,000 associated deaths. Around two billion people in the region currently remain at risk of infection and are developing resistance to the drug artemisinin.
“Some countries and international organizations are cutting funds just when we need to go the final mile – to avoid the risk of malaria resurgence,” said Dr Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and former Minister of Health of Indonesia. “We have asked regional leaders to recognize the risk, to provide vision and commitment, and to take action to counter it effectively.”
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9th Annual Meeting of HHA Regional Directors to be held in Congo
14 November 2014 : - Regional Directors of Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) will hold their 9th annual meeting at the end of November in Brazzaville, Congo to discuss interventions for strengthening health systems in Africa and optimization of universal health coverage.
The three-day meeting is hosted by WHO AFRO and will gather the Steering Committee members from various organizations, including newly added RBM and GAVI, as well as long-time members, such as USAID, the Global Fund, PNMCH and others.
The key topics proposed for discussion and approval are the 2015 Action Plan, communication strategies and implementation of funding, Ebola outbreak and strengthening the health systems in affected countries as well as improved coordination and harmonization of partners at regional and country level.
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13 November 2014 : - The RBM Partnership`s Harmonization Working Group (HWG) will hold a three-day Concept Note mock TRP Review Workshop 19-21 November 2014 at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Expected outcomes from the Workshop include recommendations for improving country concept notes and developing a rapid response strategy for addressing urgent country support needs prior to concept note submission.
Nine countries, Angola; Burundi; Benin; CAR; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Madagascar, Mauritania and Togo, are invited to participate. Each country will have an opportunity to review and discuss the concept notes as well as provide feedback to other participant countries.
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Advocacy for Resource Mobilisation Workshop planned in Harare, Zimbabwe November 11-14
12 November 2014 : - Following the successful deployment of the Advocacy for Resource Mobilization (ARM) Workshops in Sierra Leone and Gabon, Zimbabwe has approached the RBM`s Malaria Advocacy Working Group to support the country in carrying out the ARM Workshop in mid-November.
It is expected that the three-day Workshop will support Zimbabwe`s efforts to market the Malaria Control Business Plan, which was formally announced in the annual malaria conference in August. The main objectives of the Workshop include building the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders in Zimbabwe to advocate for resource mobilization from traditional and non-traditional sources. In addition, further feedback on the ARMM toolkit design will help refine content, process, templates and training for future use.
Interest in the tool is growing, and there are multiple requests to deploy ARM in Nigeria, Uganda, Congo, Mozambique and Ghana by the end of the year or early next year. Essential follow up is also planned in Gabon this year to support the development of an advocacy plan.
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Malaria Partners top the bill at 63rd ASTMH as Gates Foundation flags the challenges ahead
7 November 2014 : - A myriad of RBM partners, including MMV, MVI, PATH, MEG , Malaria Consortium, and WHO will lead critical discussions on the future of malaria control and elimination during the five day American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene`s Annual Meeting in New Orleans this week. This ASTMH flagship event is the premier forum for the exchange of scientific advances in tropical medicine and global health.
Speaking during the symposium “Malaria 2025: Accelerate to Eliminate” on the Global Malaria Technical Strategy and Global Malaria Action Plan II - two important publications for the future of malaria control and elimination - Dr. Pedro Alonso, the new Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme will join David Brandling-Bennett, BMGF Senior Advisor; Dr. Eric Mouzin, RBM Secretariat and Dr. Bernard Nahlen, the Deputy Coordinator of PMI.
The Global Technical Strategy describes the global direction of malaria reduction and elimination over the next decade and articulates a comprehensive plan that brings together current policy recommendations and anticipated innovations for WHO Member States to use in developing their national strategies. The Global Malaria Action Plan II will use the Global Technical Strategy as a foundation and will provide guidance on how more than 500 RBM partners can help support endemic countries in a multi-sectoral approach.
Link to ASTMH
6 November 2014 : - In commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the PAHO Foundation are organizing Malaria in the Americas Forum 2014 on November 8th to discuss acceleration of malaria elimination in the region.
The one day forum in Washington D.C., will feature videos, presentations and discussions on the work of “Malaria Champions of the Americas 2014” and perspectives on eliminating malaria in the Americas. For those unable to attend the meeting in person, PAHO offers the possibility of connecting virtually and following live web coverage of the event.
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DRC Malaria Advocates and RBM Partnership establish links between the Public and Private sector malaria response
4 November 2014 : - More than 95 malaria advocates and stakeholders gathered in Kinshasa, DRC at the beginning of the week to participate in a public-private forum hosted by the RBM Partnership.
Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi, Health Minister in DRC, and Dr. Joris Losimba Likwela, National Director of the Health Ministry in DRC, recognized the efforts of 45 companies who provide ongoing quality health care and support the malaria response. Such initiatives, even though substantial and vital in protecting and caring for workers, families and communities, are frequently not recognized by society and are not included in the public health statistics. The goal of the forum was to discuss ways to increase coverage and provide ongoing support in malaria endemic areas.
The two-day forum was moderated by Herman De Croo, the Belgian Minister of State, and co-sponsored by Victor Makwenge, Minister of Health and Honorary Chairman of RBM, as well as Michel Lastschenko, the Belgian Ambassador, in hope of establishing collaboration between the Ministry of Health and national businesses.
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3 November 2014 : - A member of the Cuban health team responding to Ebola in Guinea died of malaria on October 26. Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez, a 60-year-old economist, was initially treated for diarrhoea, a symptom of both malaria and Ebola, before he got diagnosed with cerebral malaria, a complication of the parasitic infection that severely and often fatally damages the brain.
"Due to his economic duties within the brigade, he had no contact with the Centres for Ebola Treatment or with patients," the Cuban Ministry of Health reported. "Despite that, two tests were done to detect Ebola and the results came in negative." Unfortunately, the diagnosis for malaria had been made too late. If malaria prevention and testing would have been executed with the same care as for Ebola, this and many other deaths could have been avoided.
Cuba has sent 256 medical workers to Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, in response to a UN call for greater international involvement in fighting the deadly epidemic. So far, Ebola virus has left about 5,000 people dead and over 10,000 others infected since its outbreak in West Africa.
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The Thirty-Second Global Fund Board will assess progress of NFM.
24 October 2014 : - As the 32nd Global Fund Board Meeting approaches, the RBM Partnership is expecting to impact and to collectively review how the Global Fund channels and distributes its resources and makes strategic allocations for the coming two years.
Even though the RBM Harmonization Working Group has done remarkably well in assisting countries access funds under the New Funding Model, several countries still expect shortfalls in funding to implement much needed bednet replacement campaigns in 2015 up to early 2017.
Through its representation in the meeting, the RBM Partnership plans to seek an increase in the level of available resources for continued provision of essential services to malaria endemic countries.
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23 October 2014 : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership is pleased to support the first Global Day of Action for the Right to Health and its aims to empower people, mobilize sustained funding and promote a just, rapid transition to universal health coverage. A rights-based approach to health makes the world a better place for all, including those vulnerable to malaria. In Africa alone, malaria-related illnesses and mortality cost regional economies an estimated US$12 billion per year. Investment in health helps protect the right to health, prosperity and socioeconomic development.
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MAWG Steering Committee meets in London this week to review plans for 2015
20-21 October 2014, London, UK : - In light of the recent downsizing of the Secretariat , the MAWG Steering Committee meets this week to assess the implications for advocacy and outline plans for 2015. Key activities proposed include additional Advocacy for Resource Mobilization Workshops as well as ongoing support to malaria endemic countries to build effective advocacy coalitions for health.
Moving into the post MDG environment, malaria messaging will be critical in 2015 as will ensuring the RBM GMAP2 and WHO Global Technical Strategy are promoted to guide malaria control efforts under the new Sustainable Development Goals.
MAWG Co-Chairs Meg de Ronghe and Lisa Goldman will present MAWG recommendations to the Architecture Task Force of the Board who are also in London this week for face to face discussions on the future shape of the RBM Partnership and it's mechanisms.
View meeting agenda
Business Leaders and Health Experts Gather in Yangon for First Regional Meeting on Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific
29 September 2014, Yangon, MYANMAR : - - More than 100 leaders from the health, development and corporate sectors have gathered in Yangon to participate in the seminal regional forum on Opportunities for Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific. In advance of the 2015 enactment of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and broader ASEAN economic integration, this one-day meeting seeks to identify tangible opportunities for strengthened public-private partnerships to support regional malaria control strategies and drive progress toward country-specific development targets.
Read joint RBM, APLMA and GBCHealth press release
The MDGs were good for malaria control, says RBM Executive Director at launch of a new UN report
25 September 2014, New York, USA : - Global leaders in health and sustainable development launched today the MDG Advocates' Leaders Report, a publication by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's MDG Advocacy Group. The report shows the positive impact that the eight MDGs have so far had on the world's most vulnerable populations.
"Having an agreed global malaria target has helped enormously to achieve the impressive cuts in malaria mortality we see today," Dr Fatoumata Nafo said today. "With malaria on the retreat, malaria-endemic countries around the world have made substantial headway towards multiple development goals."
Statement from Dr Nafo
Statement by Rima Shretta, Malaria Elimination Initiative
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Universal coverage is still a long way off, RBM’s CARN meeting concludes
11 September 2014, Libreville, GABON : - The three-day Annual Review and Planning meeting of the RBM Central African Regional Network (CARN) reported that coverage with key malaria control interventions such as IPTp and RDTs is very low and made recommendations on how to handle key challenges related to both the delivery and use of commodities and the coordination of partner activities in countries.
View the meeting report [in French]
Advocacy for Resource Mobilization Workshop
15-17 September 2014, Libreville, GABON : - The Ministry of Health of Gabon, with the support of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) and the Sub Regional Network for Central Africa (CARN), organized a three-day workshop on advocacy for resource mobilization for the national fight against malaria in Libreville from September 15 to 17, 2014. Speak Up Africa facilitated the workshop, which brought together over 30 people from the National Malaria Control Program, the TB control program, the HIV control program, the Parliament, the Ministries of Economy and Agriculture, WHO, UNDP, NGOs and from civil society organizations. Several private sector companies such as Shell, Total, Water and Electricity National Company and OLAM also joined the discussions and activities.
View the meeting report [in English]
Confederation of African Football (CAF) highlights Commitment to Fight Against Malaria during Annual Meetings in Addis Ababa
16 September 2014, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA : - United Against Malaria(UAM), a campaign of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, commends the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) for its ongoing commitment to malaria control in Africa. Today, as part of the agenda of its annual meetings held at the African Union headquarters from the 12 to the 20th of September, CAF renewed its commitment to the four social causes for 2015 OrangeTM Africa Cup of Nations tournament, including the UAM campaign. This pledge builds on CAF's designation of UAM as an official social cause of the 2013 AFCON tournament, which resulted in an estimated 1 billion people reached with life-saving messages about prevention and treatment of malaria.
Read UAM press release
General Assembly Resolution Calls for Accelerated Efforts to Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly Africa, by 2015
11 September 2014, New York, USA : - - In the last days of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Member States adopted Resolution A/68/L.60, "Consolidating Gains and Accelerating Efforts to Control and Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa, by 2015". Recognizing progress made through political leadership and a broad range of national and international actions to scale-up malaria control interventions, this annual resolution urges governments together with United Nations agencies, private organizations and foundations to work together to overcome challenges and accelerate efforts toward the targets set out in Roll Back Malaria Partnership's Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) and the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The resolution calls for donor and endemic governments alike to support global malaria control efforts, including through the secretariat of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and to intensify efforts to secure the political commitment, partnerships and funds needed to continue saving lives. Increased financing will be critical to further advancements, as current international and domestic financing for malaria of US $2.5 billion in 2012 amounts to less than half of the US $5.1 billion which RBM estimates is needed annually through 2020 to achieve universal coverage of malaria control interventions.
RBM experts support malaria-endemic countries to raise funding for health through the Global Fund
3 September 2014, Kampala, UGANDA : - Teams from 9 African malaria-endemic countries (Angola, Burundi, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi and Zanzibar), supported by RBM partners have come together for a 3-day meeting in Kampala to review their draft Concept Notes to be submitted within the October 15 window of the New Funding Model of to the Global Fund.
View meeting agenda [in English] [in French]
RBM deploys staff to Ebola-stricken countries on a fact-finding mission
28 August 2014, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - As fragile healthcare systems in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone struggle with one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership has mobilised its global Secretariat to support efforts to restore the provision of essential health services in the affected countries. Several RBM staff are being deployed to assess existing country capacity to ensure that malaria cases are being properly detected, and not going untreated in the haste to identify the Ebola disease. Ebola and malaria share common symptoms, including fever and vomiting, and it is critical that malaria cases be diagnosed and treated effectively.
"Testing, treating and tracking malaria in these countries will help significantly in the management of Ebola cases" says Dr Thomas Teuscher, Acting Executive Director of the RBM Partnership. "Without basic health services, including malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the health and economic gains that have been built up in the region through more than a decade of investment in disease management may be lost."
In the coming weeks, Dr Teuscher will travel to West Africa to work with RBM partners and experts from the sub-regions on strengthening case management of both diseases.
More on the Ebola outbreak
Strengthening National Climate Data and Information for Malaria Decision-Making in Africa
5 August 2014 : - The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership has recently supported an executive briefing and national stakeholder consultation with partners in Ethiopia and Tanzania on "Strengthening National Climate Data and Information for Malaria Decision-Making in Africa" held August 4-5, 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Roll Back Malaria Partnership - Development of a Programme Management Tool
31 July 2014 : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership is looking for qualified companies to develop RBM Programme Management Tool.
Bid Reference RBM 2014 - 1
Submission deadline: 21 August 2014 12 midnight CET
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The RBM Partnership congratulates Dr Pedro Alonso and Mr Lelio Marmora on their new appointments
30 July 2014 : - The RBM Partnership welcomes the WHO Director General’s recent nomination of Dr Pedro L. Alonso as Director of the Global Malaria Programme and Mr Lelio Marmora as UNITAID Executive Director.
More info from GMP and UNITAID websites
View biography of Dr Pedro L. Alonso
Country and Community Consultation Toolkit for GMAP2 now available
21 July 2014 : - The process of country consultations for the 2nd Global Malaria Action Plan is moving ahead and consultations have now been held in Myanmar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India and the Philippines. The in-country process starts off by talking with affected communities, community development workers, first line health workers, district and regional staff. The views of these key stakeholders are put at the centre of national level consultations that involve a broad multisectoral audience including civil society, the private sector, academia, donors and Government representatives from different sectors and levels.
Between 23-27th June, the Myanmar Health and Development Consortium convened a series of constituency consultations, including community level consultations in Mon State, which included discussions with workers at a rubber plantation arranged in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration. The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute convened a similarly rich mix of stakeholders at rural and urban consultations in Menkao and Kintambo in the same timeframe.
Countries from different regions and at various stages on the pathway to elimination are all being encouraged to take part.
Click here to access the toolkit of materials for arranging a consultation and participate in the process of creating the GMAP2 document. The toolkit is available in French, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. Papua New Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Tajikistan are set to hold consultations soon.
View GMAP2 Myanmar country consultation photo slide show on RBM Flickr
Strengthening and accelerating programming for Malaria in Pregnancy
15 July 2014, Accra, GHANA : - The Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group (MiP WG) is meeting to provide the RBM Partnership with strategic advice on best practices for scaling up interventions for the prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy towards the achievement of RBM targets and MDGs. The meeting objectives include the review of country progress in terms of adoption and implementation of IPTp policy, discuss new technical evidence and promising programming practices, how to better integrate MIP programming into RMNCH services, and review and update MIP working group work plan.
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Central African Sub Regional Network looks for evidence based data to improve malaria programme decision making
14 July 2014, Duala, CAMEROON : - Anthropologists, socio-economists, parasitologists, entomologists, and clinicians from DRC, Congo, Chad, Gabon, Cameroon, as well as WHO national offices and inter-country teams, met with National Malaria Control Programme managers and their staff in Doula, Cameroon. They focused on improving malaria programme design with vital evidence collected by research institutions. Together they drafted a declaration of collaboration to strengthen links between researchers and programme planners.
Read the Duala Declaration [in French]
More info on CARN
Latest report in RBM's Progress & Impact Series launches at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
10 July 2014, New York, USA : - Against the background of the annual High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, health and development leaders from the UN and diplomatic communities launched a new report, titled "The Contribution of Malaria Control to Maternal and Newborn Health." This latest report in the RBM's Progress & Impact Series is co-authored by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and shares evidence that intermittent preventive malaria treatment during pregnancy and the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) can reduce by 18% the risk of dying from malaria within the first 28 days of life. Malaria control interventions have a profound impact on maternal and newborn health, averting an estimated 94,000 newborn deaths between 2009-2012. Contributors used the report to encourage greater partnership between health areas to expand access to services, maximize impact and increase value for money.
Partners and experts also discussed the importance of investing in malaria control interventions to drive socio-economic development under the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Remarks were provided by representatives of the governments of Canada, Ethiopia, South Africa, UK, and the U.S.
View RBM press release [in English] [in French]
Download the report [in English]
Radical action to eliminate malaria in endemic zones
6 July 2014, Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE : - Ministers of Health from Malaria-Endemic Countries have adopted the Victoria Falls Declaration in which they commit to eliminate and expand malaria control to hard-to-reach migrant and mobile communities.
Health ministers recognize that malaria continues to be an obstacle to economic progress especially to the poorest of the poor in the world. The Victoria Falls Declaration includes a ten-point action plan as a radical new approach to put in place measures to sustain the good work on malaria control and elimination until all targets are met.
Read The Victoria Falls Declaration Ten Point Action Plan summary and RBM / IOM press release
Malaria-Endemic Countries Unite to Extend Malaria Control to Hard-To-Reach Migrant and Mobile Communities
5 July 2014, Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE : - Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has invited Ministers of Health from Southern Africa, Asia and other malaria-endemic regions, as well as the private sector to discuss the impact of migration on malaria control and elimination and address jointly the challenge of providing adequate health services to crossborder, mobile and migrant communities.
Read RBM / IOM press release [in English] [in French]
CAMA Workshop Proceeds with Full Partner Support
2 July 2014 : - The Federal Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Elimination Program and the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) together with GBC Health, announce the 2014 Annual Technical Workshop, Capitalizing on Competencies: Partnering to Eliminate Malaria and Accelerate Impact on Maternal and Child Health on Wednesday, July 2nd at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria.
The Workshop will highlight the importance of dialogue between public and private sectors to advance malaria and maternal child health targets in Nigeria. This first collaborative CAMA workshop is expected to catalyze a more coordinated dialogue among critical stakeholders and help activate engagement across all sectors.
More info from GBC
Second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) moves into a higher gear
The process of developing the second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the period 2016-2025 picks up speed. The phase of regional level consultations has been completed. The focus is now on country consultations to ensure the GMAP2 is responsive to country needs and realities. The in-country process starts off by talking with affected communities, community development workers, first line health workers, district and regional staff. The views of these key stakeholders are put at the centre of national level consultations that involve a broad multisectoral audience including civil society, the private sector, academia, donors and Government representatives from different sectors and levels.
Between 16-20th June Caritas-India convened a successful community consultation in Nagoan District in Assam, and a national level consultation in New Delhi. The Pilipinas Shell Foundation and Deloitte Consulting convened a similarly rich mix of stakeholders at consultations in Rizal and Palawa provinces and Manila in the same timeframe.
Countries from different regions and at various stages on the pathway to elimination are all being encouraged to take part. Click here to find out more and participate in the process of creating the GMAP2 document.
OIC member states account for almost half of all malaria cases worldwide
23 June 2014 : - A new study by Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership on Sunday revealed that 238 million malaria cases, nearly half of malaria cases worldwide, are found in member states belonging to the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The study said 12 OIC countries are among the 20 most malaria-affected nations worldwide that account for nearly 80 percent of global cases, including Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Niger, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Cameroon.
Read Rolling Back Malaria in member states of The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
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UNDP/RBM video calls for support to end one of the deadliest diseases on earth
10 June 2014, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : -As millions of people across the globe tune in to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UNDP and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership launch a video that features footballer Didier Drogba, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and a United Against Malaria champion to raise awareness about the importance of stepping up malaria control to save lives and ensure sustainable development in malaria-endemic countries.
Read UNDP/RBM press release
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RBM Global Advocate commends private sector initiatives in Papua New Guinea
2 June 2014 : - Global Advocate, Rt. Hon. Stephen O'Brien, MP (UK), visiting the Southern Highlands Province with Oil Search Health Foundation, commended Papua New Guinea for its approach to malaria control which also supports local women to generate income. After meetings with PNG government and representatives of the National Department of Health, Mr O'Brien will continue to Canberra, Australia, to join officials at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Members of Parliament, and diplomats in Canberra.
This is Hon Stephen O'Brien's first visit to Australia with the RBM Secretariat in his role as RBM Global Advocate.
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Partnerships in health in PNG's southern highlands
24 health ministers from malaria-endemic countries call for malaria control to remain as critical component of post 2015 agenda
16 May, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - 24 health ministers from malaria-endemic countries said malaria control would remain critical for their countries after 2015 and urged that specific indicators be included in the post-MDG global agenda. The ministers engaged in a rich discussion about the future of malaria control beyond the MDG deadline at a special ministerial meeting organised by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership at the close of the 26th RBM Board meeting.
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The 26th RBM Board Meeting opens today
14-16 May, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The Board of Roll Back Malaria Partnership is holding its first meeting this year. Representatives of all RBM constituencies have come to Geneva to participate in informational and decision-making sessions that will help the RBM Board give direction to the Partnership's work over the year and beyond.
SARN press release: Endemic Countries RBM Board Members Meet In Geneva to Plan for a Strategy Development and Positioning Meeting for Endemic Countries Health Ministers in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on 06 July 2014
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26th RBM Board Decision Points
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RBM Board slide show
United Against Malaria named global brand of the year
16 May, Barcelona, SPAIN : -The United Against Malaria initiative received the distinction "Global Brand of the Year" at the PRWeek Global Awards ceremony in Barcelona. The selection acknowledged UAM's activities as an official social cause of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The Roll Back Malaria Partnership and KYNE - a public relations agency for health, received the award on behalf of all UAM partners.
RBM's Communication Community of Practice meets in Geneva
12 May, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - Communication experts and practitioners from diverse RBM partner organisations came together today to discuss how to best use social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) to strengthen malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. At part of its two-day annual meeting, RBM's Communication Community of Practice (CCoP) will exchange experiences and good practice and discuss advocacy strategies for increasing investment in SBCC. CCoP aims to empower RBM partners in countries to develop, implement and evaluate effective malaria communication activities to ensure that malaria interventions are used correctly by both suppliers and users.
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15th Meeting of the RBM Harmonization Working Group
12 May, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - RBM's Harmonization Working Group meets today to discuss the technical support it provides to endemic countries applying for funding through the Global Fund's New Funding Model. The group will agree a process for supporting countries to fill outstanding funding gaps, will share experiences and outline opportunities for collaboration.
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More info on HWG
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RBM and the Global Fund train endemic countries to better manage supply and distribution of health commodities
5-8 May 2014, Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO : - National technical experts from Haiti and 28 Sub-Saharan African countries have begun developing action plans to improve national logistics and management information systems (LMIS) at a three-day workshop, organised jointly by RBM and the Global Fund. A robust LMIS allows countries to avoid stock-outs and overstocking and ensure that the right health products are continuously available.
View the meeting concep note [in French]
meeting slide show on the RBM Flickr
Malaria exhibition opens in Abu Dhabi
5 May, Abu Dhabi, UAE : - Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears, a photo exhibition that tells the human story behind the global malaria fight, has opened at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, United Arab Emirates Minister of International Cooperation & Development, and H.R.H. Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the exhibition has already attracted much public interest. The opening ceremony included remarks from Professor Jeffrey Sachs, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of RBM. Developed by renowned photographer Adam Nadel and produced under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the exhibit explores malaria's history, the people affected by the disease and the science behind today's control efforts. The exhibition will remain open to the public daily through 18 May.
Round Table on Private Companies and malaria in the DRC
30 April, Brussels, BELGIUM : - Under the impressive chairmanship of Minister of State of Belgium Herman De Croo a Round Table in Brussels gathered 20 private companies operating in the DRC for a discussion with the RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, the Minister of health of the DRC Dr Felix Numbi, the Belgian Minister of development cooperation Jean-Pascal Labille and a dozen public health experts on the role of public-private partnership in the fight against malaria and for health care delivery.
The companies reported on the quality healthcare they are delivering, the harm done by malaria and their efforts to fight it: insecticidal nets, diagnostic testing of all fevers and treatment of confirmed malaria. A rich discussion displayed the different views and expectations of public and private partners. The participants agreed on a roadmap including an inventory of health activities, a seminar with all companies in Kinshasa to establish a public-private partnership and a Round Table in 2015 with all European private partners of the DRC. This Round Table was a joint initiative of the RBM Partnership, the Embassy of the DRC in Brussels and the Benelux Africa Center.
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RBM and partners urge more investment in health and malaria
25 April, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - At a World Malaria Day working lunch at the Geneva United Nations' headquarters, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) urged ambassadors of malaria-endemic and donor governments and diplomats to lobby for increased health investments and more political support for the global malaria control effort and national malaria programmes. Speakers included Permanent representatives to the UN of both donor countries and endemic countries from different regions. A wide range of technical questions were addressed by partners from WHO, the Global Fund, the UK Department for International Development.
View the event slideshow on the RBM Flickr
World Malaria Day 2014
25 April 2014 : - World Malaria Day is a chance to shine a spotlight on the global effort to control malaria. Each year, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partner organisations unite around a common World Malaria Day theme. Invest in the future: defeat malaria is a three-year theme partners chose for the period of 2013-2015 to call attention to the need to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and defeat malaria in the future.
"Every malaria-related death is unacceptable because today we have all the available means at our disposal to put an end to malaria: this is the feasible goal the international community and stakeholders of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership have set for themselves. We must nurture investments, innovation and political will in order to secure a long-term success and prevent malaria resurgence," concluded Nafo-Traoré.
Visit RBM World Malaria Day site
Read RBM Press release [in English] [in French]
Read Financial Times Special Report on Combating Malaria 2014
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Opinion by RBM Partnership Executive Director Dr Nafo-Traoré: Managing malaria in changing times
Development of the Second Global Malaria Action Plan
23 April 2014 : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership has initiated the process of developing the second Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the period 2016-2025. The crafting of the GMAP2 is taking a highly participatory approach involving stakeholders from across the RBM constituencies, including Governments, Bilateral & Multilateral Agencies, Foundations, Research & Academia, Civil Society and the Private Sector. Regional consultations are already underway, whilst key informant interviews and country level consultations are set to commence soon. The process is being overseen by the GMAP2 Task Force, and closely coordinated with the elaboration of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria. The GMAP2 will provide a global framework for action around which partners can coordinate their efforts to control and eliminate malaria. It is being developed to guide the financing and implementation of the Global Technical Strategy. Click here to participate in the process of creating the GMAP2 document.
The first joint RBM and STOPTB civil society workshop
16 April, Harare, ZIMBABWE : - More than 30 Civil society and CCM representatives from Botswana, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Sudan, Namibia, Rwanda, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia , and Nigeria examined human rights, gender and community systems strengthening in the first joint RBM and STOPTB civil society workshop in Harare. They identified barriers to equitable access to malaria and TB services and reviewed the challenges of their meaningful participation in Country Coordinating Mechanisms CCMs and the New Funding Model processes.
Southern Africa starts a race against malaria
14 April 2014, Lilongwe, MALAWI: - South Africa is once again gearing up for the "Racing Against Malaria" initiative (RAM 2), a car rally that passes through eight countries in the South Africa Development Community (SADC) to promote malaria control and elimination efforts in the region. Between April 14 and April 25 (World Malaria Day), the race from Lilongwe to Odnjiva (Angola) will bring together all malaria control programme teams from the region, as well as their key partners and stakeholders. At various stops in cross-border districts, partners will stress the importance of testing for, treating and tracking malaria cases in cross-border initiatives, aimed at malaria elimination.
Global Health Partnerships GAVI, RBM, and UNAIDS co-host discussion on role of Partnerships in Post-2015 development era
10 April 2014, New York, USA: - Alongside a Thematic Debate by the UN General Assembly in New York, over 120 guests from the diplomatic and UN community took part in a joint GAVI, RBM and UNAIDS gathering on April 9th to reflect on the successful collaborations that have advanced development priorities worldwide. Amongst the speakers, Dr Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, cited the UN Secretary-General's Every Woman, Every Child campaign as a successful model which had drawn together a number of health Partnerships to amplify the cause. He added that there were transferable lessons to be appreciated as we move into the last 700 days of the MDGs and consider a new era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). H.E. Ambassador Rishchynski of Canada noted the role of partnerships helped to coordinate efforts, and increasing complementarity and accountability; while H.E. Ambassador Manongi of Tanzania highlighted the impact of health partnerships at the country-level, noting the reduced malaria burden in Tanzania thanks to partnerships like RBM and ALMA. Several Permanent Representatives and distinguished guests commented on the need for donor and implementing country engagement, accountability frameworks, better data and stronger cooperation with civil society and the private sector to better shape public-private partnerships for full, more sustainable implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
View photo slide show of the event on the RBM ER Flickr
French private sector convenes key stakeholders to advance malaria fight in Francophone Africa
8 April 2014, Paris, FRANCE : The French Business Confederation MEDEF holds a conference in Paris today to mobilize Francophone private sector organizations in controlling malaria in Africa. Under the high patronage of the French President François Hollande, the French Foreign Ministry, Santé en Entreprise and RBM have invited more than 100 corporate stakeholders to present their respective initiatives in tackling the disease. The main objective of the meeting is to sensitize businesses operating in Africa about the benefits of investing into malaria control through their respective Social Responsibility Programs.
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World Health Day 2014: small bite, big threat
7 April 2014 : More than half the world's population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases.
Read WHO News release
Visit WHO World Health Day 2014 page
African Leaders & United Nations Secretary-General Highlight Malaria as Exemplary Investment for Development alongside EU-Africa Summit
3 April 2014, Brussels, BELGIUM: - African leaders and Heads of State highlighted the importance of health for Africa's development while gathering for the 4th EU-Africa Summit in Brussels just days before World Health Day (7 April). During a side-event hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) speakers, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, RBM Executive Director, and Presidents of Liberia, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania, Comoros and Ghana, among others, called for health to remain prominent on the development agenda to meet the 2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for the foreseeable future.
Addressing approximately 150 leaders from developing and donor countries speakers showcased the importance of health investments to drive development progress, encouraging political leadership, domestic ownership and partnership to save lives and create more stable environments. Drawing on malaria control as an exemplary health investment, many noted the impressive gains made against the killer disease in recent years.
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon noted, “Healthy communities create more vibrant, inclusive societies that allow people and economies to thrive. Malaria clearly illustrates this. Since the Millennium Development Goals were launched, we have seen proof that fighting malaria is a good investment that saves lives and speeds up economic progress […] I call on all partners to contribute to health interventions now that will save costs and lives in the future.”
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United Against Malaria (UAM) Named Global Campaign of the Year
21 March 2014, New York, USA : - UAM was named as the winner of the PRWeek Awards "Global Campaign of the Year." The announcement was made at an awards ceremony in New York which gathered more than 900 leaders from the communication, PR, advocacy and advertising industry. The PRWeek Awards are the premier awards within the communications industry. UAM is one of the first UN-affiliated initiatives to receive such an award.
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Race Against Malaria planning ramped-up in Southern Africa
7 March 2014 : Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, URT-Zanzibar, Zambia and Zimbabwe are ramping up their plans to launch the second “Race Against Malaria” – which will link Southern African communities together to commemorate World Malaria Day in April 2014. The private sector, the countries' national malaria control programmes and the military are mobilizing vehicles, personnel and collateral to build racing teams that will cover the over 4,000 kilometres of roads and tracks to penetrate remote villages and cross border communities and raise awareness about malaria and its possible elimination in the region.
Global companies are rushing to support the race ; LABIOFAM (Cuba) , Sanofi-SA (France), Tianjin Yorkool International Trading Company (China) and Hudson Pumps (USA) are sponsoring vehicles and Southern Region (Zimbabwe) will support motorbikes to tackle rough terrain.
To find out more about RAM and sponsoring opportunities, please contact the Southern African Regional Network (SARN-RBM): Col (Dr) Kaka Mudambo - email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 126774248399 or +26776525357
Fight the Fakes campaign
3 March 2014: - We are proud to announce Roll Back Malaria as a new Partner of the Fight the Fakes campaign! Fake medicines are a threat to public health and put patients at risk of drug resistance, prolonged illness, disability and even death. Their negative impacts can undermine entire public health initiatives and patient trust in healthcare systems and providers. A comprehensive strategy to combat fake medicines requires multi-stakeholder collaboration at local and global levels.
Please visit www.fightthefakes.org and follow us on Twitter (@FightTheFakes) to learn more about our involvement.
RBM Partners to strengthen in-country advocacy efforts
24 February 2014, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - More than 50 organizations meet at the Global Fund Secretariat in Geneva today to shape the future course of RBM's in-country advocacy. Changes in the development landscape and resource mobilization discussions place countries and regional institutions centre-stage. Partners will address one persistent challenge in mobilizing domestic resources for malaria at the country level, which is a lack of national-level advocates who can consistently work on the ground in endemic countries to build networks and reach out to decision makers.
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National Malaria Control Program Managers Meeting
24 - 26 February 2014, Dakar, SENEGAL : - The four RBM Subregional Networks and Malaria Control Managers in the African Region and Yemen will all meet together for the first time, to discuss their works plans for this year and future collaboration with RBM. The meeting aims to build on current practices to develop a stronger collaboration with RBM towards achieving better health outcomes in 2015 and beyond.
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Ninth Vector Control Working Group meeting
19-21 February 2014, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - 192 experts from 44 countries, including net manufacturers and distributors, researchers, academics, behaviour change communication specialists, and representatives from donor and malaria-endemic countries, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies, met to discuss recent developments in the vector control landscape, and to review the draft 2014 VCWG workplan. Topics of discussion included insecticide resistance, continuous LLIN distribution systems, durability of LLINs in the field, capacity building for indoor residual spraying, larval source management , optimizing evidence for vector control interventions, entomological monitoring, and malaria and housing.
More info on Vector Control Working Group
Roll Back Malaria Partnership Calls for Consultants to Support the NFM
12 February 2014 : - The Global Fund is launching its New Funding Model in March 2014 which aims to enable strategic investment for maximum impact.
RBM will be supporting countries to develop and submit Concept Notes to the Global Fund to ensure that countries can make the best possible technical case to mobilize funding for malaria programmes. RBM will be deploying technical experts to a variety of African countries to provide support in 2014.
In addition RBM will aim to support country dialogue process, maintain malaria and health high on the domestic agenda, strengthen the malaria voice on the CCM, and support countries to develop evidence based strategies to overcome behavioural barriers and improve the uptake of interventions.
View RBM Call for consultants [in English] [in French]
Background information [in English] [in French]
Farewell to Dr Robert Newman
3 February 2014: - After four and half years at the helm of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, Dr Robert Newman is moving to the GAVI Alliance to become the organization's new Managing Director for Policy and Performance. Dr Newman has been a long-standing member of the global malaria community and during his tenure he has built highly effective collaborations and a robust WHO policy-setting process on malaria.
"Dr Newman's visionary leadership has been critical. His engaged participation in the work of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board has helped build consensus, identify innovative approaches and contributed to strengthening the public health impact of this global partnership's work," says Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of RBM.
Read the full statement of the RBM Executive Director
RBM Highlights Health & Development at Davos: World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting
22 January 2014, Davos, SWITZERLAND : - On the occasion of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) hosted a private gathering to highlight the intersection between health and the broader development agenda. Against the backdrop of preeminent global leaders, approximately 70 guests – including diplomats, private sector executives, NGO leaders and UN officials – discussed how best to engage the private sector and civil society in the Post-2015 development process and the role of health in the advancement of broader development targets. Remarks were provided by Ms. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advisor for Post-2015 Development Planning, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advisor for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
For more information on the WEF Davos meeting
Global Malaria Action Plan 2 (GMAP2) Task Force Meeting
20 January 2014: - The Global Malaria Action Plan 2 (GMAP2) Task Force met last week to agree on core components of GMAP2, the timeline for its development, and the process to engage outside stakeholders. The GMAP2, the second generation of operational consensus document that was launched in 2008, will provide the global framework for coordinated action by all malaria stakeholders to ensure that the excellent progress achieved to-date is sustained.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat is working closely with WHO's Global Malaria Programme to ensure that the GMAP2 is being developed in parallel with the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria Control and Elimination (GTS), the technical foundation for the GMAP2. Developed and coordinated by WHO's Global Malaria Programme, the GTS will articulate the goal, global targets, and policy recommendations for malaria control and elimination over the next decade.
World Malaria Report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria, calls for sustained financing
11 December 2013: - Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the World malaria report 2013 published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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World Malaria Report 2013
4 December 2013: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes the pledges announced at the fourth replenishment conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria held in Washington on December 3. The financing mechanism has received new commitments of USD 12 billion for the next three years, providing substantive funding beyond the 2015 MDG deadline. "The Global Fund is one of the main pillars of the international development architecture," said Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, " We must all take collective responsibility to do what it takes to defeat malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS." The commitments made in the US capital represent a 30 percent increase over the pledges secured at the third replenishment of the Global Fund in 2010. The financing gap for the 2014-16 period is estimated at USD 26 billion. Approximately 95 percent of financial support to the Global Fund has come from donor governments; the remaining 5 percent from private foundations, corporate donors and individuals.
Read Global Fund press release
3 December 2013, Bern, SWITZERLAND: - -- The Swiss Malaria Group (SMG) presents its 2013 landmark malaria photo exhibition in the Swiss Capital from December 3 to 5. The exposition is supported by the Bern municipal council and sponsored by the 17 members that form the SMG, including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the Swiss Malaria Group is to raise awareness of malaria and its impacts among decision makers and the public and to increase Swiss support for organisations that are actively involved in the fight against malaria.
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2 Deecember 2013, Nairobi, KENYA: - The Harmonization Working Group convenes endemic country representatives in Nairobi, from December 2 to 6, to prepare them for the Global Fund New Funding Modality (NFM) that will be launched in 2014. Countries will be assessed on their capacity to establish a country level dialog and to develop technically sound concept notes. The state of ‘country readiness’ will be mapped and technical support needs be identified for each country. Participating countries include those with the most urgent funding gaps in sub-Saharan Africa in the next three years, as well as selected countries from Asia.
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25-26 November 2013, Yangon, MYANMAR: - The first-ever Myanmar Malaria Forum to engage the corporate sector was held in Yangon. Two-thirds of the more than 130 participants represented the private sector to discuss actionable steps to assist in reducing and treating malaria infections, with a focus on addressing emerging cases of malaria infections resistant to treatment. Myanmar carries one of the highest burdens of the disease in the Asia-Pacific region, with approximately 400,000 cases of malaria reported each year, and more than half of the population at risk of infection. The Forum was supported by the Ministry of Health and Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), and organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), in association with the Myanmar Health and Development Consortium (MHDC) and Myanmar Business Coalition on AID (MBCA).
22 November 2013, Abidjan, COTE D'IVOIRE: - Her Excellency the Minister of Health Dr Raymonde Goudou Coffie opened the 25th RBM Board meeting in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on Wednesday, highlighting malaria control as a priority intervention to overcome the socio-political crisis in her country. "In light of the challenges we face, the President and Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire have decided to make the fight against malaria a national urgency," the Minister explained to her counterparts and the 100 technical experts attending the conference. In Côte d'Ivoire, malaria accounts for 43% of all consultations in public health facilities, and for 26% of all hospital deaths. More than 90% of the 660,000 global malaria deaths occur in Africa.
Participants in the meeting addressed key Board issues, including the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm), the revision of the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP 2), an External Evaluation of the Partnership, and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure the fight against malaria will be maintained as a health and development priority.
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19 November 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomed acclaimed UK film writer and director, Mr. Richard Curtis, to Geneva to screen his film, Mary and Martha, which chronicles the epic journey of two mothers tragically affected by malaria and united in their resolve to combat the disease at home and abroad.
The screening was attended by over 100 guests, including Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva, diplomats and guests from partnering organizations. While in Geneva, Mr. Curtis also participated in a press briefing at the UN Palais to highlight the role of the creative community to raise the profile of key UN priorities, and met with key malaria stakeholders. Mr. Curtis is also known for his works Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Knotting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, and most recently About Time, among others.
More info from AFP
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On Wednesday November 13, during the opening of the 62nd Annual Meeting, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene the ASTMH President, David H. Walker, MD, chairman of the pathology department at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston honored Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer (ret.), U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) with an award for Extraordinary Leadership in the Fight Against Malaria.
This special award recognizes the outstanding leadership of Admiral Timothy Ziemer and also acknowledges the achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), one of the most successful U.S. government programs. PMI, which was introduced by former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, and endures under the Obama administration, underscores the shared belief that fighting for the health and wellbeing of people around the world is a bipartisan issue.
More info on ASTMH 2013 Awards
Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1
14 November 2013: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership has launched a communications package summarizing "Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1". French and English copies are now available at RBM Subregional Networks. The Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) was designed by RBM and, with funding from UNITAID, DFID, B&M Gates Foundation and CIDA, piloted by the Global Fund nation-wide in seven African countries. In just twelve months, it resulted in large increases in the availability of ACTs, decreases in prices, and increases in market share in the private sector, including in most remote settings. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership invites all malaria programmes and stakeholders to consider seriously the role of the private sector in their country as a source for care-seekers of antimalarials. They should also consider the possibility of introducing subsidy programmes or similar initiatives aimed at increasing the availability and affordability of ACTs (and possibly RDTs) through private channels. The RBM Case Management Working Group will shortly publish reports on the current knowledge about how to best introduce diagnostic testing into the private sector. To receive hard copies of the brochure and the flyer, please contact your Subregional Network Coordinators.
Read "Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1" [in English] [in French]
"Summary of Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1" [in English] [in French]
More info on AMFm
WARN Annual planning and review meeting
4 November 2013, Abidjan, COTE D'IVOIRE : - NMCPs of sixteen West African countries have gathered in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to assess their national roadmaps for malaria control. Joined by stakeholders from the private sector and academia, as well as principal recipients, participants appraised the implementation status of PMI and Global Fund grants and prepared for the New Funding Model. The 2013 annual peer review of WARN countries featured an analysis by the Republic of Benin which presented its experience in applying the RBM Roadmap Tracking Tool to detect bottlenecks at an early stage.
Read the summary of Benin experience
Malaria Day 2013 in the Americas
5 November 2013: - The seventh Annual Forum to commemorate Malaria Day in the Americas will be organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and George Washington University (CGH) on November 6 in Washington DC. The meeting will gather health authorities and experts, academics, and the general public to raise awareness about recent progress made in combating the disease on the American continent. Of the 21 malaria-endemic countries in the region, 13 have achieved a reduction in malaria incidence rates of more than 75% between 2000 and 2011. Another 3 countries are on track to achieve a reduction of 75% by 2015.
RBM launches communication campaign to boost action towards 2015 malaria goals and targets
INVEST IN THE FUTURE, DEFEAT MALARIA is a three-year communication campaign aimed at boosting action towards 2015 malaria-related goals and targets. By highlighting and benchmarking against critical milestones, the campaign provides a window on political commitment, new investments and action taken to overcome new and ongoing challenges.
Malaria Fight Needs OIC Support
22-24 October 2013, Jakarta, INDONESIA : - The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation held its 4th session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers. Malaria figured squarely on the agenda of the conference, with a panel discussion on malaria eradication. Successful examples of malaria control and elimination in OIC states were showcased, including Turkey, Morocco, and Mozambique.
Dr Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, described global and natinal challenges to malaria elimination including the need for predictable funding, long-term human and technical capacity, and sustained vision, leadership and effort. She also highlighted a few additional examples of successful malaria control and elimination examples in OIC states showing the impact of working with the private sector, multisectoral inititatives, well-integrated malaria control interventions, and cross-border approaches. At the end of the session, an OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2013-2022 (OIC-SHPA) will be adopted along with its Implementation Plan. These two documents will provide a complete roadmap with specific measures and performance indicators for national actions and international cooperation to address the health related challenges in the Member States.
For more info view Oped by Dr Nafo-Traoré in the Jakarta Globe
RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka Honored in South Africa and Washington, D.C. for Humanitarian Work
On Wednesday evening,23 October, H.E. Ms Amina S. Ali, Ambassador of the African Union to the U.S., and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) co-hosted, in partnership with Diplomatic Connections magazine, a private dinner to honor South African singer and RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka for her work against malaria. The dinner, held at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., drew an intimate gathering of African Ambassadors to the U.S.
While celebrating the work of Ms Chaka Chaka, African Ambassadors in attendance also took the opportunity to recognize the U.S. commitment to malaria in Africa, including through the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer (ret), Global Malaria Coordinator for PMI, led diplomats and guests in a private discussion on the topic. Dr. Maryse Pierre-Louis, Lead Specialist for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank also highlighted its commitment to global malaria control efforts, while Dr. James Winship of Diplomatic Connections noted the importance of global health diplomacy to help drive progress against malaria.
This dinner comes just days after Yvonne Chaka Chaka was also featured on SABC3's 21 Icons South Africa program, celebrating the lives of extraordinary people who have helped create a better, more prosperous and just South Africa.
PSM Working group held their tenth meeting
16-18 October 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The Procurement & Supply Chain Management Working Group of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership met in Geneva from 16 to 18 October 2013 to review progress with 2013 PSM priority activities and to develop an implementation plan for 2014.
76 meeting participants attended plenary sessions and received updates on PSM Workstream and partner activities including the new Procurement strategy of the Global Fund and the PSM approach related to the New Funding Model.
The meeting had the following objectives : 1) find a common Logistic Management Information System and requirements for commodities and develop a repository of LMIS tools, 2) refine opportunities and challenges for RDT harmonization, 3) identify ways for improving quality and value for money for insecticides/LLIN and options for enhanced global demand forecasts for LLINs 4) identify ways for improving and accelerating access to new ACTs and other antimalarial medicines and options for improving time span and accuracy of ACT/RDT forecasts.
View photos of the meeting on RBM Flickr
Public-private partnership success on malaria lauded at GBCHealth Africa Regional Conference
15 October 2013, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : - Malaria control investments bring such a high rate of return that they are an easy business choice for Southern African companies, according to business leaders who were sharing their experiences of tackling malaria at the Inaugural GBCHealth Africa Regional Conference, which opened in Johannesburg today.
“Malaria interventions give an internal return of 28 percent and are quite cheap compared to other business projects so there is not really any opposition from management. It makes business sense”, noted Elton Dorkin, Group Medical Consultant for Illovo sugar, the biggest sugar producer in Africa and one of the top 5 worldwide.
Boi-Betty Udom, Roll Back Malaria Secretariat, commented that establishing public private partnerships at local and national, as well as international, levels can help countries develop a strong and resilient network of partners to support sustainable programs that are partly insulated from unpredictable changes in global funding steams. This approach also helps to develop grass-roots community engagement that is essential for successful malaria control.
Other discussion topics at the GBCHealth Conference – the first Africa Regional Conference to bring regional business leaders together with UN agencies, government officials, and other partners to discuss concrete ways for business to increase their impact on health, particularly the MDGs – included how private sector and international organizations can work together to limit transaction costs for government in dealing with malaria and other diseases, including through use of WHO's one health tool.
“The private sector is the unsung hero of service provision because private individuals or small businesses are the first point of contact for most people for health care. Most governments have not made the most of this fact. It is time to mobilize the processes, products and skills of the private sector to properly support national health efforts. This [GBCHealth Africa] meeting should help us to start connecting the dots for improved collaboration and coordination,” noted the Dr Christine Kabesa, First Lady of Zambia.
Visit RBM Flickr Photo Galleries: GBCHealth Conference [Day 1] [Day 2] [Special session on SADC Elimination E8 Initiative, 15 Oct 2013]
Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series Focus on South Africa
9 October 2013, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA : - Today the South African Department of Health and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) released a new report, the RBM Progress and Impact Series – Focus on South Africa. The report documents South Africa's decades long and successful fight against malaria and highlights SA's leading role in the goal to eradicate this disease which claims over 600,000 lives globally every year. SA's sustained and dedicated action has greatly contributed to the country meeting the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG 6), which calls on countries to reverse the incidence of malaria. Over the period 2000-2012, malaria morbidity and mortality declined by a remarkable 89% and 85% respectively from 64,500 cases to 6,847 cases and from 460 deaths to 70 deaths.
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Francophone Parliamentarians consider integrating malaria into HIV network
3-4 October 2013, Dakar, SENEGAL : - Dr Victor Makwenge Kaput, Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, was invited to provide a keynote speech on malaria at an annual meeting of the HIV/AIDS network of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie. The RBM Board Chair updated participants on the burden of malaria in Africa and the role of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and described how interactions between malaria and HIV/AIDS exacerbate morbidity and mortality of affected populations. “This is the first time an official body of la Francophonie has included malaria on its agenda, which opens up great potential for collaboration. Our partnership at the local level requires parliamentary support to sustain our work”, said Dr Makwenge at the end of the meeting.
Dr Makwenge's presentation prompted the network of parliamentarians to consider extending the scope of their work. A concept note proposing an expansion of their mandate to include malaria and tuberculosis will be developed and presented to the authorities of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie.
In recent years, the RBM Partnership has worked with parliamentarians in Nigeria, Mauritania, Zambia and Mali. Parliamentarians have a key role to play in the fight against malaria: they influence governmental decision making, endorse the budget, and can spearhead efforts to eliminate counterfeit drugs.
In July 2013, the RBM Partnership, together with UNDP launched a framework to encourage malaria policy makers and other practitioners to adopt a more holistic response to the disease and engage all sectors to take action against malaria.
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6th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria opens in Durban
7 October 2013, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA : - – Leading malaria experts and policy makers have gathered at the sixth Pan-African Conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) that opened on Sunday in Durban, South Africa. More than 1'500 researcher, public health officials, civil society activists and health workers will evaluate the state of the malaria epidemic in Africa and discuss the future course for malaria research. Briefing the wide range of malaria stakeholders present at the conference, the international product development partnership IVCC announced today it has identified new compounds that can counter insecticide-resistant mosquitos.
Visit 6th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference website
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See Huffington Post: Putting Science at the Service of Humanity by Yvonne Chaka Chaka
RBM's United Against Malaria Campaign selected as Social Cause of Soccerex Africa Forum
30 September 2013 : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership will join leaders from the football industry at the Soccerex Africa Forum in Durban (1-2 October) to highlight the power of football in the fight against malaria. Selected as an official cause of the forum, RBM's United Against Malaria campaign will be showcased through various activities, including a panel discussion on "Tackling CSR in Africa." RBM Goodwill Ambassador and UAM Champion, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, will also provide remarks at a private, high-level dinner with leading football industry executives and stakeholders on Monday evening, before the conference begins.
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RBM Partnership welcomes UK's £I billion commitment and calls for full replenishment of the Global Fund
1 October 2013 : - This week, as global leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the UK pledged a further £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) to the Global Fund over the next 3 years (2014-16). UK's pledge is the second-largest made by any government so far. It affirms UK's leadership in global health and sets an example for other current and prospective donors who will participate in the Global Fund's replenishment in December this year.
UK's contribution to the Global Fund will ultimately depend on other governments and donors pledging sufficient funding to meet the overall replenishment target of US$15 billion.
Earlier this month Nordic countries, including Sweden and Norway, pledged US$750 million for the 2014-16 period. In July France announced a contribution of US$1.4 billion to the Global Fund, while in April the U.S. announced a request for US$1.65 billion for the Global Fund in the budget for 2014, by far the largest commitment made by any country.
“We welcome the strong commitment shown by the UK, the US and France and encourage other key donors, as well as political and private sector leaders in endemic countries to work together to fully replenish the Global Fund in Washington D.C. this December,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. “Thanks to the Global Fund, millions of lives have been saved and transformed. A strong Global Fund can ensure the success of the fight against the three most pernicious diseases of our time.”
Responsible for over half of international funding for malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the Global Fund has supported countries to treat 260 million cases and deliver 340 million nets to those at risk of malaria, providing protection for 640 million people around the world.
Read Global Fund press release
Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria launched alongside 68th United Nations General Assembly
24 September 2013, New York, USA : - World leaders gathered today alongside the 68th United Nations General Assembly to launch an inclusive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which - despite tremendous advances - still kills an estimated 660,000 each year and poses a major challenge to development.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria calls for greater coordinated action among different development sectors to tackle the disease, which exacts its deadliest toll in sub-Saharan Africa.
View / download Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria
Read RBM / UNDP press release [in English] [in French]
More info on multisectoral approach to malaria
Leaders in margins of the UN General Assembly celebrate successes and call for increased commitment and resources for malaria control
22 September 2013, New York, USA : - More than 200 partners and guests gathered on the eve of the 68th United Nations General to reflect on the remarkable progress made in malaria control and recommit to accelerate the fight against the killer disease to meet the 2015 MDG deadline.
Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Mr Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and Malaria, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, H.E. Dr Mustapha Kaloko, African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, who read a statement on behalf of H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, called on assembled guests and dignitaries to increase domestic investment, sustain international support and develop innovative financing mechanisms to ensure endemic countries have the resources available to fight malaria.
The evening concluded with a live musical performance by RBM Goodwill Ambassador and Senegalese Singer, Youssou N'dour.
There can be no development without malaria control, global leaders say
16 September 2013 : - Global leaders from UN agencies and NGOs shed light on the vicious cycle of disease and poverty that malaria sets in motion in more than 104 malaria-endemic countries and territories in the world.
In short taped interviews, captured in New York in June 2013, thought leaders and malaria experts make a strong case for continued investment in malaria control as the path to defeating poverty and driving development. In the past decade, malaria control has yielded remarkable results but the progress that has been achieved so far can be undone quickly, if investment stalls. This is a time of opportunity: the lives and economic prosperity of nearly half of world’s population can be greatly improved, if defeating malaria remains a global priority.
RBM at Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
4 September 2013, Brazzaville, CONGO : - - On the occasion of the 63rd session of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), RBM Board Chair Victor Makwenge convened African Ministers of Health to review the 'Geneva Declaration on Strengthening Malaria Surveillance Systems' that 42 African governments adopted in May 2013. Country representatives from Mozambique, Malawi, Gabon, Congo and the Central African Republic used this opportunity to present their respective strategic plans for malaria control.
RBM Board Members and WHO/AFRO also discussed the preparation of the upcoming 25th RBM Board meeting that will take place in Cote d'Ivoire in November this year.
More info on Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
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RBM contributes to multisectoral ministerial consultations on maternal, newborn and child health
2 August 2013, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : - The RBM Executive Director, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, and the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, chaired a session on the role of international organizations in multisectoral action in the context of the African Union's International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, held on 1 to 3 August in Johannesburg.
The session was part of a series of consultations with African ministers of health and other ministers to promote multisectoral policies on maternal, newborn and child health in Africa and take forwards the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health multisectoral strategy that the Africa Coalition on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health adopted in August 2011. In her remarks, Dr Nafo-Traoré reiterated the importance of multisectoral action in achieving maternal and child health objectives and informed the Ministers about the work that the RBM Partnership is taking forwards with key actors from non-health sectors to develop and implement an action framework for a multisectoral approach to malaria, following a consultation with various stakeholders that the RBM Secretariat and UNDP organized in July 2013.
Read African Union communiqué
Annual RBM planning meeting in Central Africa
29 July 2013, Duala, CAMEROON : - As the 2015 deadline approaches, national malaria control programme managers and partners from malaria-endemic countries in central Africa gather to review progress to date and develop strategies and plan for achieving the ambitious 2015 targets in a situation of reduced access to international donor funding.
More info on CARN
View Recommendations of 2013 CARN NMCPs annual review and planning meeting [in English], [in French], [in Spanish], [in Portuguese]
DRAFT Agenda of the Meeting [in French]
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New malaria intelligence gathering unit for 10 hardest-hit African countries
13 July 2013, Abuja/Geneva : - The Malaria Situation Room, a joint initiative that will provide critical malaria intelligence in support of ten African countries, was launched today at a special African Union (AU) Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Situation Room is spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, together with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Malaria, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The initiative offers urgent, strategic support to the 10 hardest-hit countries in Africa - Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Niger- as they strive to achieve the health-related MDGs and ambitious RBM targets of a 75% reduction in the number of new malaria cases, and near-zero malaria deaths before the end of 2015.
For more info read RBM press release [in French]
View Agenda of Malaria Side Event, Abuja 2013 [in French]
The Malaria Situation Room - Briefing Note [in French]
RBM highlights malaria fight at Abuja+12 Special Summit
10 July 2013, Abuja, Nigeria : - In the run-up to the Abuja+12 Special Summit of the African Union, to be held from 12-16 July, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners supported civil society’s inputs into a high-level political declaration, which is expected to reaffirm Africa’s commitment to health and the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.
To highlight achievements in the fight against malaria since the 2001 Abuja Summit and rekindle political will to step up ongoing malaria control efforts, RBM will represent the malaria community at an event, addressing heads of state and will present concrete initiatives for speeding up progress to ministers of health and heads of agencies.
The Abuja+12 Summit will review the status of African governments’ investment and national response to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other related infectious diseases and will adopt actions to intensify the fight against these diseases, including by ensuring universal access to services and strengthened health systems, especially for the poor and marginalized people.
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Global consultation on developing a multi-sectoral approach to Malaria
1-3 July 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND (UNDP/RBM) : - Leading international development experts meet in Geneva from 1-3 July to establish new schemes to include malaria control and elimination efforts into broader development activities. Experts from education, housing and urbanization, water management, food security and climate change will review what role their respective field can play in expanding the fight against malaria.
For more info read RBM/UNDP Media Advisory
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FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Supports 'Football Combating Malaria' Project
28 June 2013, Saly, SENEGAL : - FC Barcelona and Argentinean football star Lionel Messi arrived in Senegal to support the Aspire Academy's 'Football Combating Malaria' project, a humanitarian programme endorsed by the Leo Messi Foundation, which will see an initial 400,000 anti-mosquito bed nets handed out to young people and their families across Africa - helping to reduce malaria infection across the continent. The number of free bed nets distributed in Africa will then increase to one million every year.
Read SpeakUpAfrica press release
Read Messi's blog
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M&E expert community meets at 21st MERG meeting
27 June 2013, New York, USA: - Partners in RBM's Monitoring & Evaluation Group (MERG) hold their 21st annual meeting in New York to discuss country-level reporting on MDGs and Household Survey Indicators. Malaria surveillance systems currently detect only 10% of cases estimated to occur annually. Case detection rates are lowest in countries with the highest numbers of malaria cases. In 41 countries around the world which account for 85% of estimated cases, it is presently not possible to make a reliable assessment of malaria trends due to incompleteness or inconsistency of reporting over time.
Read Agenda of Twenty-first Meeting of the RBM Partnership Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG)
RBM supports effective malaria control at meeting of the Global Fund Board
18-19 June 2013, Colombo, SRI LANKA : - The 29th Global Fund Board met today to discuss its new Funding Model and the lessons learned from the first pilot countries, as well as address key governance issues. At a special panel discussion, dedicated to translating the latest scientific evidence into effective country-level malaria response, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM Executive Director, highlighted the importance of strong surveillance systems, quality data and rigorous and consistent implementation. She also urged flexibility in adapting to changes and new developments in malaria control. Together with Stop TB and UNAIDS, RBM hosted a reception in support of the Global Fund Replenishment and to welcome the new leadership of the Global Fund Board.
RBM partners to forge a way forward on malaria advocacy post 2015
10 June 2013, New York, USA : - A two-day high-level consultation, organised by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, aims to generate consensus about a common strategy to position the malaria fight in the global development agenda post 2015. The consultation includes representatives from across the Partnership's key constituencies and is expected to help generate stronger, evidence-based malaria advocacy. It will also guide partners on how to speak with a unified voice about key issues in the run-up to the 2015 malaria targets and in the context of a new post-2015 framework.
Read Message to Roll Back Malaria Meeting, Expresses Concern over Funding Gap Threatening Progress ‘Across the Board’ by UN Secretary-General
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Ministers sign the Declaration of Nouakchott to accelerate malaria fight in six neighboring countries
10 June 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: : - Six Ministers of Health have signed the Declaration of Nouakchott, agreed at a high-level meeting held in May in the presence of Dr Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director Deputy of the WHO African Region. The Ministers of Health of the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad commited to accelerating efforts to combat malaria. The declaration calls on RBM to provide advocacy and strategic support to this initiative, urges WHO to provide strategic and technical guidance, and asks sub-regional organisations and Regional Economic Communities to help increase funding for health, as well as further explore opportunities for South-South cooperation.
Read Declaration of Nouakchott [in English] [in French]
New report analyses progress in rolling back malaria in Madagascar
6 June 2013, Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR : - The national Madagascan Roll Back Malaria Partnership has launched a new report that highlights the efforts made in the fight against malaria on this island state. The deployment of anti-malaria interventions in recent years has led to a significant increase in coverage of malaria prevention and treatment tools. At the national level 80% of households now own at least one mosquito net, which is an increase of 43% in three years. In the 91 districts covered by mass distribution campaigns (of the 111 in total), this percentage rises to 94%. Today, malaria is no longer the first cause of morbidity and mortality in Madagascar which is reflected in the improvement of national health indicators.
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Read the report online [in English] [in French]
RBM at TICAD V: "Malaria is a development issue"
3 June, Yokohama, JAPAN: - At a side event, cohosted by RBM, the Global Fund and other partners during the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré and the Global Fund's Dr Mark Dybul highlighted the role of malaria control in Africa’s social and economic development.
The United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, who delivered a keynote speech at the event, acknowledged the progress made to date and encouraged continued commitment to malaria. "Roll Back Malaria has proven the power of partnerships to produce sustainable results" Ban Ki-moon said. "The Global Fund has demonstrated that strong and predictable support can ensure progress. […] Malaria must remain high on the global agenda in this final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals and as we look ahead to a post-2015 framework."
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RBM extends collaboration with the Confederation of African Football on malaria
29 May 2013 Mauritius: - At a FIFA Congress, held in Mauritius today, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) renewed its long-term commitment to the fight against malaria by signing an agreement, which designated the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign as one of the social causes for future football tournaments, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
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Roll Back Malaria Board Chair appoints Rt Hon Stephen O'Brien MP UK as Global Advocate for Malaria
17 May 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Roll Back Malaria Board Chair, Hon Victor Makwenge today designated the Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien, Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, as Global Advocate for the RBM Partnership. In this new role Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien MP will work with parliamentarians and other elected officials in malaria endemic countries to help reinforce political commitment to accelerating the fight against malaria in the countdown to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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RBM Board to discuss accelerating anti-malaria fight to meet the MDGs
15 May 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Representatives of all eight constituencies of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership have gathered in Geneva today for the 24th meeting of the Partnership’s Board. Determined to make a tangible difference in the 900 days that remain to the MDGs and 2015 malaria targets, the Board will discuss strategic choices for boosting scale-up efforts in countries and ensuring that malaria control programmes remain appropriately funded and effective post 2015.
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RBM commits to improving management of malaria in pregnancy
13 May 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - At the two-day annual meeting of the RBM Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group, RBM Partners will plan for an expanded coverage with interventions that specifically target malaria in pregnancy (MiP). Despite clear gains in malaria control, use of MiP interventions, such as preventive treatment (IPTP-SP) and pregnant women sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) remains low. RBM partners participating in this meeting will focus on optimizing the delivery of key MiP intervention through the dissemination of technical guidance, fostering partnership between reproductive health and malaria control at country level and engaging key global and country partners in efforts to increase nation-wide coverage.
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Business leaders gather in Cape Town to promote the role of the private sector in fighting malaria in Africa
8 May 2013, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, together with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Friends Africa (and in cooperation with ONE) co-hosted a reception and corporate executive dinner in the margins of the World Economic Forum Africa in Cape Town to highlight the role of the private sector in advancing progress against malaria control in Africa. “We must ensure that private sector is on board as a sustainable partner in leading the innovation and funding necessary to fight combat malaria in Africa’’ said Dr. Brian Brink, Chief Medical Officer of Anglo American and Private Sector Delegation Lead on the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Amongst many others, guests included business leaders from Standard Chartered Bank, Coca-Cola, Ashanti Gold, Boston Consulting Group, Access Bank PLC and Nandos.
For more info read The business of malaria by H Verhoosel
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Malawi malaria report makes the case for investing in public health infrastructure
02 May 2013, Lilongwe, MALAWI: - A new report shows that recent investments in malaria control efforts in Malawi have helped reduce significantly malaria deaths and cases among children under five years of age. Launched by RBM partners, under the auspices of Malawi’s vice-president, H.E. Mr. Khumbo Kachali, the report reveals that malaria parasite prevalence dropped from 62% in 2001 to 20% in 2009. Between 2000 and 2010 under-five mortality decreased by 41%, from 188 to 112 deaths per 1000 live births.
Successes in the malaria fight have been attributed, in part, to the existence of a public network of antenatal care clinics, where preventive treatment for pregnant woment (IPTp) became part of antenatal care services (FANC). Another contributing factor was Malawi’s sound capacity to conduct operational research.
Malawi was the first country in Africa to start treating pregnant women with SP in 1993, nearly a decade ahead of the initial WHO recommendation, issued by in 2002. More than 10,000 health surveillance assistants (HSAs) have been trained to date to provide integrated community case management. These health workers live in the communities they serve and provide a broad range of health services including immunization, growth monitoring, disease control and investigation and water and sanitation, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.
Today’s report is the sixth country report in the RBM Progress and Impact series, dedicated to tracking progress in the global malaria fight. In addition to quantifying the successes in Malawi’s malaria control efforts, the report provides an analysis of how they were achieved and documents and shares good practice.
Flipbooks available on line: [in English], [in French]
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RBM applauds Australia’s leadership in the Asia-Pacific Malaria Alliance (APLMA)
29 April 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates the Australian government for the commitment it has shown to fighting malaria in Asia. RBM welcomes the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as co-chair of the newly formed Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and looks forward to contributing to its success.
Last year Australia sponsored a declaration about malaria at the East Asia Summit and leaders committed to a strengthened regional response to the urgent challenge of drug-resistant malaria. The decision to take a leadership role in the Alliance helps deliver on the declaration and the commitments made at Australia's Malaria 2012 conference.
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HRH Princess Astrid Commemorates World Malaria Day in Cambodia
25 April 2013 Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA: - In her capacity as Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium is commemorating World Malaria Day in Cambodia, at the invitation of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). On 25 April, the Princess participated in World Malaria Day celebrations with more than 2,000 community members and partners including H.E. Dr Mam Bun Heng, Minister of Health of Cambodia, and Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western-Pacific and Asia, in Beng Village (Kg Speu Province). Later in the afternoon, the Princess also participated in the launching of WHO's "Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in the Greater Mekong sub-Region" in Phnom Penh.
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RBM Partnership calls for smart investments in malaria
control to meet 2015 targets
Filling the US$3.6 billion gap for Africa alone needs strategic investments at all levels
25 April 2013 Geneva, Addis, Japan: - Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, speaking on behalf of hundreds of organizations in the global health partnership fighting malaria, called on donors to fully replenish the Global Fund in 2013 and on endemic countries to increase their domestic contribution to malaria control and use their malaria funding wisely and strategically.
The RBM Partnership’s Executive Director, Dr Nafo-Traoré highlighted the World Malaria Day Theme “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria“ and urged audiences in Geneva, Addis Ababa and Tokyo to help fill the global malaria funding gap of approximately US$2.8 billion each year and make extraordinary efforts to meet the 2015 targets for rolling back malaria.
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RBM Urges More Asian Investment in Malaria
HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium Visits Japan & Cambodia in lead-up to World Malaria Day
22 April 2013, Tokyo, JAPAN: - During a two-day visit in Tokyo, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), and Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM’s Executive Director urged leading government officials and members of the private sector to contribute to greater regional coordination in the Asia fight against malaria and increase investment in malaria-control efforts in the Asia-Pacific and Africa.
The Princess will also meet with members of the imperial family. This visit comes in the lead-up to the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), 1-3 June in Yokohama, where Japanese and African leaders will converge to tackle pressing African development issues.
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Leaders Gather at United Nations in New York for Malaria Lunch & Panel Discussion in Commemoration of World Malaria Day
18 April 2013, New York, USA: - In the lead-up to World Malaria Day, commemorated annually around the world on 25 April, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing Health MDGs and for Malaria, Mr Ray Chambers, co-hosted a malaria lunch and panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Attended by the diplomatic community, including Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, UN partners, members of the private sector, journalists and global health experts, this roundtable discussion addressed the critical funding needed to sustain the gains made in recent years against malaria and accelerate progress towards malaria targets and broader development agendas. Panelists included: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor for MDGs and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Mr Simon Bland, Chair of the Board, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Ms Joy Phumaphi, Executive-Secretary of ALMA; and Dr Thomas Teuscher, RBM Coordinator of Policy, Strategy & Governance and Senior Advisor for Policy. The panel was moderated by Ms Pamela Falk, UN Resident Correspondent for CBS News.
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RBM applauds the release of updated guidance on managing severe malaria
17 April 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The World Health Organisation has released its revised guidance on diagnosing and treating severe forms of malaria and managing complications. The new publication, Management of severe malaria: A practical handbook, addresses clinical professionals in malaria-endemic countries, physicians in non-endemic countries, as well as health personnel in hospitals and health centres with inpatient facilities.
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RBM partners and the diplomatic community in Geneva commemorate World Malaria Day
16 April 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - On the occasion of World Malaria Day (25 April), leaders in the global malaria fight addressed ambassadors, diplomats and international civil servants at a working lunch, organised by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM).
The event called for more political and financial support over the next 3 years to achieve the 2015 malaria targets and the health-related MDGs. RBM Executive Director, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, H.E. Mr Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UNOG and Dr Hiroki Nakatani, WHO Assistant Director General urged participants to lobby for a fully replenished Global Fund in September 2013, as such an investment would enable sustained progress and help avoid disease resurgence. The panelists highlighted ongoing partner efforts to promote better use of existing funding and increase return on investment.
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RBM Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka calls for a fully replenished Global Fund
10 April 2013, Brussels, BELGIUM: - As the Global Fund's first replenishment meeting draws to a close, Roll Back Malaria Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, calls on international donors to accelerate the fight against the three global diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. From the digital pages of the "Big Push," Chaka Chaka also urges African leaders to "make good on promises to invest more in the health of their people."
Chaka Chaka has long used her music to fight malaria and other preventable diseases. She performed "Hearts on Fire," her malaria anthem, at the closing ceremony of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg. It is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. 70% of the proceeds will go to the United Against Malaria Campaign (UAM), which has already contributed half a million dollars to the Global Fund.
Read "Why back the Global Fund Now" by Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Download "Hearts on Fire" for $1 on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon today.
Artist Karen Mok becomes RBM Champion in Asia
9 April 2013 SINGAPORE: -: Renowned singer and actress Karen Mok announced today that she intends to lend her celebrity voice to the global fight against malaria. During a press conference held alongside the World Health Summit Regional Meeting – Asia (WHSRMA) in Singapore, Ms. Mok was named a Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Champion. She will help ensure that malaria remains a priority on key international development agendas, particularly in her native Asia.
World Malaria Day is less than a month away
On World Malaria Day each year, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partner organisations unite around a common theme. Invest in the future: defeat malaria is the theme partners chose for the next three years to call attention to #thebigpush needed to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and defeat malaria in the future.
For more info visit new World Malaria Day website
Show your support: Add the World Malaria Day Button to your website
Let the world see your event: Share your plans for World Malaria Day for everyone to see on the World Malaria Day events map
UN Secretary General appoints Ray Chambers to secure financing for the health-related MDGs
01 March 2013 New York, USA: -The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds the UN Secretary General’s decision to appoint Ray Chambers of the United States as the Special Envoy for Malaria and for the Financing of the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In his new capacity, Mr. Chambers will collaborate with the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to promote and secure increased investment by the public and private sectors to achieve the health-related MDGs of child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases by the end of December 2015, the internationally agreed deadline for achieving the goals.
Islamic Development Bank to expand malaria elimination efforts
13 February, Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA: - The President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, met with Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at the bank's headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this week to explore investment opportunities to eliminate malaria in selected countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the founding institution of the IDB. Dr Traoré was a guest of the IDB together with Professor Ogobara Doumbo, Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center at the University of Bamako, Mali.
Several OIC Member States have successfully embarked on malaria elimination programs in the past, including Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Likewise, some of the sub-Saharan OIC countries where malaria risk is geographically limited and seasonal have recently reported fewer cases. At least 14 OIC countries are today working towards malaria elimination.
Universal malaria elimination in all OIC Member States was a target set by the 'First Islamic Conference of Health Ministers' (ICHM), held in Malaysia in 2007.
"Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria"
World Malaria Day Theme 2013 – 2015
13 February, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - World Malaria Day (April 25) is fast approaching. Each year, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners unite their advocacy efforts around a common World Malaria Day theme. As RBM zeros in on achieving the malaria MDG by 2015, partners have agreed on a 3-year theme to call attention to the big push needed in countries to end malaria: “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.”
The WMD theme provides a common platform for Partners to showcase their successes in malaria control, and unify efforts in the changing global context. As always, Partners are invited to add their own specific messages to reflect their particular area of focus.
This year Partners are also invited to support #thebigpush campaign by linking it to their World Malaria Day messaging and communications
Africa Cup of Nations ceremony sends life-saving malaria messages to millions
11 February, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: - As the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations drew to a close on Sunday evening, United Against Malaria (UAM) - an official social cause of the tournament - kicked off the closing ceremony with a debut performance of "Hearts on Fire" by RBM Goodwill Ambassador and UAM Champion Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Ms Chaka Chaka has donated this track to UAM and it is being promoted globally as the signature song linking malaria and football. Ms Chaka Chaka was joined by dancers from the South Africa Mzansi Ballet company, as well as 150 children from local townships, and traditional dancers from Lesedi for an exciting performance that celebrated Africa's progress against malaria and encouraged viewers to protect themselves from the deadly disease. The South African football legend Mark Fish joined Ms Chaka Chaka on the stage where they shared their personal experiences and commitment to the fight against malaria.
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AMP zeros in on continued net distribution in malaria-endemic countries
31 January, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - As funding shortages slow down the distribution of life-saving mosquito nets in a number of African countries, the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) is convening members of the RBM Partnership to strategize how to ensure the continued flow of nets to endemic areas. Discussions will focus around improving efficiency gains, extending net durability and planning for providing optimal international support to malaria control programmes in countries. RBM Partner institutions will identify needs in countries and coordinate roles and responsibilities.
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RBM to back better malaria vector control in endemic countries
28 January, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - A two-day annual meeting of the Vector Control Working Group at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) spotlights the latest evidence on effective malaria vector control management and provides RBM partners with a platform to develop plans for supporting effectively country efforts in 2013. Topical issues for discussions include capacity building for indoor residual spraying (IRS), insecticide resistance and entomological management.
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Global leaders in Davos promote accountability & transparency in advancing progress against malaria and other global health challenges
24 January, Davos, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the Center for Global Health & Diplomacy (GHD) co-hosted a reception and dinner in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos to highlight the importance of accountability and transparency to advance global health progress. HE Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium and RBM Special Representative, together with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on MDGs made keynote remarks. Guests included the Honorable Ministers of Health of Senegal and Nigeria, Honorable Minister of the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom, Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunication Union, and Executive Director of UNFPA, alongside distinguished participants from governments, businesses, NGOs, the UN and international global health community.
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RBM’s Princess Astrid of Belgium and FIFA President share views on vital link between football and malaria control
24 January, Zurich, SWITZERLAND: - HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), met with FIFA President Mr. Joseph Blatter and Secretary-General Mr. Jerome Valcke at FIFA headquarters to thank FIFA for lending its support to the fight against malaria. Together they explored opportunities for collaboration with RBM’s United Against Malaria campaign to harness the power of football to reach millions of people with lifesaving messages. “Football is much more than a game – it promotes team spirit and has the power to influence behavior and create lasting social change in all corners of the world,” said HRH Princess Astrid. “Football brings communities together… and can send a message of hope.”
FIFA interviews Princess Astrid of Belgium
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Campaign gets ready to kick malaria out at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
18 January, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - As millions get excited about this year’s 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that will kick off tomorrow, "United Against Malaria" - a powerful campaign driven by Roll Back Malaria Partners – joins forces with African football stars and heads of state to distribute life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages throughout the tournament. As an official social cause of AFCON 2013, UAM has enlisted football icons including Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Pienaar, along with African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) heads of state including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Of Liberia, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Blaise Compaoré Of Burkina Faso, President Alassane Ouattara Of Cote d’Ivoire and President Yoweri Museveni Of Uganda, to lend their voices to the cause. PSAs featuring messages from these leaders and set to the African debut of RBM Goodwill Ambassador and UAM Champion Yvonne Chaka Chaka's "Hearts on Fire" single will air in 10 countries, and 75 billboards have been placed in 13 countries, ensuring millions will be reached with life-saving messages about malaria as they tune-in to see their favorite stars play in the tournament.
More info from "United Against Malaria"
Malaria monitoring and evaluation efforts gather pace
16-18 January, Harare, ZIMBABWE: - Strengthening the capacity of countries to conduct monitoring and evaluation of malaria in different transmission settings was at the heart of a two-day meeting of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners, participating in RBM’s Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group. National malaria programme managers from Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland gave updates on ongoing system strengthening efforts. Data collection tools and approaches were reviewed in view of addressing the current and future needs of malaria-endemic countries. A review of global indicators was followed by a discussion of the RBM Progress and Impact Series, launched in 2009 to keep track of the headway countries were making towards the 2015 malaria targets.
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Artemisin conference strengthens dialogue within supply chain to maintain malaria medicines on the market
15-16 January, Nairobi, KENYA: - Aligning the global demand for ACT medicines with the supply of artemisinin will be the commanding theme of a two-day international conference, organized with Roll Back Malaria Partners UNITAID, The Global Fund and the World Health Organisation. Launched in 2005, the International Artemisinin Conference convenes yearly the full spectrum of actors involved in the process of producing and delivering medicines for malaria. This year, 140 participants from 21 countries will discuss ways to shorten the lead time between assessing needs for treatment at country level and making the needed medicines available on the market.
Since 2004, more than 300 million treatments have been delivered to malaria-endemic countries each year. In early 2012, the number of ACTs delivered to countries reached a billion, half of which were delivered over the last two years.
"Thanks to this unprecedented scale-up, thousands of lives are being saved daily in endemic countries," said Dr Fatoumata Traoré, RBM Executive Director. In her opening remarks, she conveyed RBM's commitment to working closely with the Global Fund to ensure stability in the donor-driven artemisinin market.
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World Malaria Report 2012 signals slowdown in the fight against malaria
UN Press Briefing on the Occasion of the Launch of the WHO World Malaria Report 2012
Mr Ray Chambers, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General, and Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Roll Back Malaria Partnership Executive Director, at UN Press Briefing.
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UN Press Briefing on the Occasion of the Launch of the WHO World Malaria Report 2012
17 December 2012, Monrovia, LIBERIA/Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - During the past decade, a concerted effort by endemic countries, donors and global malaria partners led to strengthened malaria control around the world. The scale-up of malaria prevention and control interventions had the greatest impact in countries with high malaria transmission; 58% of the 1.1 million lives saved during this period were in the ten highest burden countries.
However, after a rapid expansion between 2004 and 2009, global funding for malaria prevention and control levelled off between 2010 and 2012, and progress in the delivery of some life-saving commodities has slowed. According to the World Malaria Report 2012, these developments are signs of a slowdown that could threaten to reverse the remarkable recent gains in the fight against one of the world's leading infectious killers.
Download World Malaria Report 2012
Read WHO News Release
World Malaria Report 2012 Fact sheet for journalists
View photos of the Information session on RBM Flickr
RBM Partnership calls for US$2.4 billion to avert potential malaria resurgence in sub-Saharan Africa
7 December 2012, Dakar, SENEGAL: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Board concluded its 23rd meeting in Senegal with an urgent call to governments of malaria endemic countries and development partners to secure the US$2.4 billion needed over the next two years to maintain high levels of coverage with life-saving malaria prevention and treatment interventions in eight African countries. This call follows a decade of success where malaria deaths have fallen by over one-third in sub-Saharan Africa.
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More info on RBM Board
RBM Harmonization Working Group 13th Meeting
3 December 2012, Dakar, SENEGAL: -The Harmonization Working Group (HWG), a mechanism of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, convened priority malaria-endemic countries and their international partners to review country needs for technical and financial support and assess the implications of the current funding gap, the changes in the Global Fund and the new funding modalities. Participants will agree on priorities and activities for 2013.
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Princess Astrid of Belgium and Dr Nafo-Traoré visit the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Anvers
28 November 2012, Anvers, BELGIUM: -Princess Astrid of Belgium, a goodwill ambassador of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and Dr. Nafo-Traoré, RBM Executive Director visited on Wednesday the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Anvers. They were received by Cathy Berx, governor of the province of Anvers and Bruno Gryseels, Director of the ITM. The working meeting concluded with a presentation on the ongoing malaria control efforts before a student audience.
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RBM briefs Ministers attending WHO Regional Committee for Africa
23 November 2012, Luanda, ANGOLA: - Addressing the 62nd assembly of WHO’s Regional Committee for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, Regional Director, reported to ministers that malaria morbidity and mortality was reduced by 50% in at least 12 countries of the region. RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, congratulated countries for their impressive achievement and emphasized the need for sustaining the gains, including through increased domestic financing.
Representatives of nine central-African governments participated in the expert briefing that the Partnership organized on the side-lines of this assembly (Angola, Cameroun, CAR, Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome & Principe).
For more information read RC62 Daily journals
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East Asia leaders agree to malaria alliance
21 November 2012, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA: - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, speaking in Phnom Penh at the East Asia Summit, committed $1 million to support the establishment of an Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance. Policymakers adopted an Australia-initiated declaration, committing countries to working collaboratively to address malaria control and resistance to antimalarial medicines. The Alliance will assist the implementation of this commitment.
Read the AusAID news release
RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group meets in Geneva
19 November 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Procurement & Supply Chain Management Working Group of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership started its ninth meeting today. Participants will review challenges and solutions reported by 31 endemic countries in September during the RBM-Global Fund PSM Workshop in Tunis and mobilize aligned support from partners to resolve outstanding issues by the end of 2012 and in 2013.
More info on RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group
RBM welcomes Mark Dybul as new Global Fund Executive Director
15 November 2012, Geneva,SWITZERLAND: - The RBM Partnership welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Mark Dybul as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).
"Ambassador Dybul has a wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership in global public health. As the former United States Global AIDS Coordinator, he has a deep appreciation of country level programs, including those for malaria control. The RBM Board looks forward to working with him and to continuing its close collaboration with the Global Fund Board that has enabled millions of people to access lifesaving malaria prevention and treatment," said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Read RBM Statement
Community health workers help reduce child deaths in Africa, new evidence shows
13 November 2012: - Comprehensive evidence has been published that shows how using community health workers to diagnose and treat the three most common killers of African children - pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria - can increase access and reduce deaths.
Read AJTMH Special supplement on integrated community case management
Read also Joint WHO/UNICEF Statement on integrated community case management (iCCM)
RBM's Goodwill Ambassador speaks at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda
12 November 2012, Dubai, UAE: - Yvonne Chaka Chaka, RBM's Goodwill Ambassador, is among the guest lecturers at a World Economic Forum Summit, focused on the role of art, culture and education in propelling societies forward. The event was organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
PAHO commemorates the 6th annual Malaria Day in the Americas
9 November 2012,Washington, D.C., USA: - Three government-supported anti-malaria programs from Paraguay, Brazil, and Ecuador were named Malaria Champions of the Americas this week for their success in reducing the burden of malaria through improved diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance. The winners were honored during an event marking the 6th annual Malaria Day in the Americas, at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
The top Malaria Champion of the Americas award went to the National Malaria Control Program of Paraguay, which has reduced the burden of malaria by focusing on the elimination of local transmission and the use of a systematic model for testing, treating, and tracking malaria cases that emphasizes community volunteers, strategic supervision, support of personnel, assurance of quality services, and effective use of local resources.
The 1st Meeting Roll Back Malaria Partnership Communication Community of Practice at the Country Level
8 November 2012, Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE: - National Malaria Control Programs, Partners and Donor Agencies meet to develop a new road map for enhancing the impact of communication in malaria control efforts at the country level.
Read RBM Announcement
Progress and impact of malaria control in Swaziland
8 November 2012: - A new Roll Back Malaria report, entitled "Focus on Swaziland" documents the successes of malaria control efforts in the Kingdom of Swaziland and points to the key factors that enabled them.
Swaziland is well on track to become malaria-free over the next few years. If the country reaches its ambitious goals, it will become the first mainland sub-Saharan African nation to have eliminated malaria.
Read the Global Fund Statement
GHS News release
Download the report Focus on Swaziland
View photos from the Report launch on RBM Flickr
Malaria conference ends in consensus for action in the Asia-Pacific
5 November 2012: - Collective regional action to reduce malaria cases and deaths by 75 per cent and contain artemisinin resistance in the Asia-Pacific region could save an estimated 70 000 lives and prevent 50 million cases of malaria by 2015, says consensus document, agreed at Malaria 2012: Saving lives in the Asia Pacific, a conference held from 31 October to 2 November 2012 in Sydney Australia.
Representatives from over 30 countries and 130 organisations in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond reviewed strategies to ultimately eliminate malaria from the region and identified priority actions to achieve global and national malaria targets in the Asia-Pacific region by 2015.
These actions echoed the recommendations of a new report by the World Health Organisation, released at the conference under the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Progress and Impact Series. The RBM report is the first to shine a light on progress and challenges in the fight against malaria in other regions of the world. The Asia-Pacific region is the second most-affected region in the world and accounts for approximately 88% of the cases and 91% of the deaths, caused by malaria outside Africa.
View Consensus on Malaria Control and Elimination in the Asia-Pacific
Download the report Defeating Malaria in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific
Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Commends Australia's Pledge to Fight Malaria in Asia-Pacific
2 November 2012, Sydney, AUSTRALIA: - The RBM Partnership welcomes the commitment made by Australia to save lives and boost economic development in the region by pledging AU$ 100 million over the next four years to scale up malaria control, contain the spread of drug resistance and advance malaria research.
Read RBM Statement
Consensus on Malaria Control and Elimination in the Asia-Pacific
New Roll Back Malaria report highlights malaria burden in Asia-Pacific
Australia urges accelerated action against malaria in the region
2 November 2012, Sydney, AUSTRALIA: - Launching a new report "Defeating malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe," the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and the report's author, the World Health Organization (WHO), briefed regional leaders on the impact of malaria on development and health systems in countries outside of Africa. Malaria is a potentially fatal disease which threatens over 2 billion people each year in the Asia-Pacific Region - approximately 67% of the world's total population of people at risk of malaria.
Key facts of the report
Download the report Defeating Malaria in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific
Press release [in French]
31 October 2012, Sydney, AUSTRALIA: - In response to financial challenges and emerging drug resistance in areas of the Greater Mekong subregion, the Australian government has gathered key stakeholders in Sydney for a 3-day conference to evaluate progress against malaria in the Asia-Pacific and identify opportunities to overcome pressing challenges. Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, welcomed participants via video-conference and encouraged collaboration and increased action to tackle the killer disease. During the first plenary session, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, highlighted the important role of partnership to achieve effective regional coordination and cross-border collaboration, and address emerging resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). With 14% of global malaria cases and 7% of global deaths, the Asia-Pacific bears the largest burden of malaria outside of Africa.
View RBM video UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opens Australia malaria 2012 Conference
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Malaria in the Asia-Pacific (INFOGRAPHIC)
Find out how your country is doing from the infographic, which shows the estimated number of malaria cases each year, the "probable and confirmed" cases, as well as the current phase of the malaria response in each contry.
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RBM: Saving lives in the Asia-Pacific
29 October 2012 - View the short RBM video news release produced in the lead-up to the Malaria2012 conference, hosted by the Australian Government (31 October - 2 November 2012).
Thai-Myanmar Cross-Border Collaboration to Strengthen Malaria-Control Efforts and Contain Artemisinin Resistance
28 October 2012, Bangkok, THAILAND: - Emerging resistance to artemisin-based combination therapies (ACTs) along the Thai-Myanmar border will be a commanding theme at the AusAID's Malaria 2012: Saving lives in the Asia-Pacific summit, starting in Sydney on October 31. In an effort to address this challenge, the government of Thailand hosted a bi-lateral meeting this week with officials from Myanmar's Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. The meeting highlighted best practices and identified opportunities for cross-border collaboration in control activities along the Thai-Myanmar border.
In Bangkok, officials highlighted their intention to increase collaboration, including through technical support, and to strengthen malaria control efforts and contain the emerging resistance in the area. Addressing participants and media during the opening session, Dr Nafo-Traoré, RBM's Executive Director, stressed the importance of partnerships to help sustain fragile gains made in the region and welcomed strengthened collaboration between the two countries.
Journalists joined a field visit in the Sai Yok District in the Kanchanaburi Province, just 10 km away from the Thai-Myanmar border, to investigate the issue of resistance and highlight Thailand's efforts to contain it.
View photogallery on The Nation
France's First Lady and Development Minister join RBM on a mission to malaria-endemic Congo (DRC)
13 October 2012, Kinshasa, DRC - France's First Lady Ms. Valérie Trierweiler, accompanied by Mr. Pascal Canfin, French Minister of Development and Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi, Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, visited a children's hospital in Kinshasa to highlight the importance of tackling malaria through prevention, treatment and case management.
Malaria continues to kills approximately 650,000 people each year, mostly African children under the age of five. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one the most affected countries in the world. Its large geographic size and poor infrastructure complicate tremendously ongoing efforts to protect, diagnose and treat people at risk. The French Government provides approximately 16% of the global budget to combat malaria.
View photogallery French First Lady and Minister visiting a pediatric clinic in Kinshasa with RBM
Leading malaria researchers and policy-makers discuss progress towards elimination
10 October 2012, Basel, SWITZERLAND : - The path to malaria elimination will be a commanding theme at a two-day malaria research conference that gathers internationally renowned exports for a discussion around key challenges in combatting malaria, including artemisinin resistance, reliable diagnostics and vector control, development of new drugs and vaccine development. The event is hosted by BioMed Central, in conjunction with its journals Malaria Journal and Parasites & Vectors.
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RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré Urges Political Leadership and Regional Collaboration in Fight Against Malaria
26 September 2012, New York, USA : - In a series of high-level bilateral meetings at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré urged stronger political leadership and increased investment in the fight against malaria to address key challenges to malaria control in Africa and the Asia Pacific region, including the threat of spreading drug and insecticide resistance.
The Executive Director and her delegation met with African leaders from endemic countries, including President Boni Yayi of Benin, Chair of the African Union, as well as other African leaders to highlight current progress and urge continued investment to sustain the gains made to date.
Dr Nafo-Traoré also met with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health of Thailand and Ministers from Cambodia and Myanmar, as well as the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to encourage continued regional coordination and increased support for the implementation of resistance containment strategies, developed by the World Health Organisation, including the Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment (GPARC) and the Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in malaria vectors (GPIRM).
Dr Nafo-Traoré and her delegation discussed the importance of supporting regional collaboration with leading donors in the region, including the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
In a month's time AusAID will host a high-level malaria conference, entitled "Malaria 2012: Saving Lives in the Asia-Pacific" in Sydney, Australia to strengthen political will to combat malaria in the Asia-Pacific region.
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World Leaders Gather for High-Level Meetings at the United Nations General Assembly
24 September 2012, New York, USA : - In the days following the opening of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders are gathering in New York for high-level meetings to tackle some of humanity's most pressing issues. Heads of State and the world's preeminent decision-makers will participate in a dialogue to drive cohesive action on a variety of development issues, including peace and security, climate change, human rights and global health. Side events will leverage the convening power of the meetings to highlight the need for sustained political and financial commitment to global health challenges, including malaria, as the 2015 deadline approaches to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). RBM Executive Director, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, and members of the RBM Partnership will attend these events, as well as high-level bilateral meetings, to help advance discussions and intensify action on global malaria control.
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RBM partners discuss ways to remove barriers to accessing malaria health products
12 September 2012, Geneva / Kuwait : -18 September 2012, Tunis : -In a two-day workshop, jointly organized by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Fund, representatives of 31 African countries discussed the major issues countries face in the area of procurement and supply chain management. The participants exchanged their countries' experience on resolving specific issues so that effective solutions can be replicated in appropriate contexts throughout the region.
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Kuwait Invests in the Fight Against Malaria
Kuwait grants Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Secretariat US $3 million to help coordinate global control efforts
12 September 2012, Geneva / Kuwait : - The State of Kuwait has pledged to contribute US$3 million to the global fight against malaria through a grant to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Secretariat. This contribution comes at the behest of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to help coordinate the global response to a leading killer disease. In June 2012, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development also committed US$1 million to the RBM Partnership Secretariat to support the global malaria fight.
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General Assembly Calls for Accelerated Efforts to Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly Africa, by 2015, in Consensus Resolution
10 September 2012, New York, USA: - A United Nations Malaria Resolution, led by the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Liberia on behalf of the UN Africa Group, was adopted by the General Assembly yesterday. With guidance from the RBM Partnership, the recommendations in the resolution urge governments, together with United Nations agencies, private organizations and foundations to accelerate efforts to achieve by 2015 the targets set in Roll Back Malaria's Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The resolution recognizes the progress made in the fight against malaria and calls upon endemic and donor countries to increase predictable resources for malaria and scale-up control programs. More than $3 billion is needed annually to bridge the current funding gap and implement the GMAP.
More info on "Consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015" [in English] [in French]
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Mauritania Commits to Eliminate Malaria by 2015
6 September 2012, Nouakchott, MAURITANIA : - In her first country visit as Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré met with HE Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, who outlined his country's plan to ensure that Mauritania achieves the MDGs ahead of the 2015 timeline.
Malaria is the primary cause of mortality in Mauritania's southern region and is cited as the most frequented health concern among people seeking medical services. Given the severity of the disease, the Government of Mauritania has committed to emphasize malaria control as part of the country's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) roadmap and recently allocated US$ 20 million to support the scale-up of MDG-related initiatives, including for malaria, MDG 6.
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RBM Launches New Country Level Communications Strategic Framework
5 September 2012, Arusha, TANZANIA: - The RBM Partnership is today launching The Strategic Framework for Malaria Communication at the Country Level, a key reference document for policy makers and a road map for enhancing the impact of communication in malaria control efforts at the country level to improve the uptake and use of malaria prevention and treatment.
Speaking at the RBM Partnership East African Sub Regional Network annual meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, where the report is being launched, Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, United Republic of Tanzania said "The Strategic Framework is the result of more than six years of work by countries, partners and other stakeholders to chart out a framework for better integrating communication into malaria control as well as scope out a research, implementation and evaluation agenda for the next five years.
I would like to say thanks to all of the National Malaria Control Programs and other members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership - President's Malaria Initiative, FHI360/C-Change Project, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Malaria No More, Population Services International, UNICEF and others - for your support in controlling malaria in our countries. We look forward to working with you on this."
Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership and Dr Elizabeth Fox, Director, Global Health Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development, concurred on the importance of improving vital country level communications. Dr Nafo-Traore said "At this point in the almost fifty year fight against malaria, we need to focus on ensuring that evidence-based communications is positioned as a core component of global and national malaria control policy and is allocated the resources necessary to contribute to health impact."
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Twenty-nine countries in the East and West African RBM networks review country roadmaps and progress towards RBM targets
3 September 2012: - Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, the East African Sub-regional Network (EARN) is gathering to discuss the implementation of the partnership work plan, review all thirteen of the sub region's country roadmaps and identify bottlenecks and obstacles that could prevent countries from achieving goals. The meeting was addressed by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, who welcomed the addition of a new resource for countries' malaria control efforts, The Strategic Framework for Malaria Communication at the Country Level, which will be launched this week.
In parallel, the West African Sub Regional Network (WARN) annual meeting in Praia, Cape Verde, brings together the National Malaria Control Program managers of a further sixteen West African countries, WARN partners to conduct a similar evaluation of 2012 roadmaps and plan the way forward for the sub-region in 2013.
More info on EARN
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AUSAID commits new funding to malaria elimination in Solomon Islands
20 August 2012, AUSTRALIA: - As part of its long-term effort to eliminate malaria in the Solomon Islands, Australia will provide additional $14.75 million over four years to support the distribution of treated bed nets, mosquito spraying and community education, particularly for children and pregnant women.
Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr, announced the funding commitment while visiting Tulagi hospital in Central Province, Solomon Islands. Australia's additional four-year anti-malaria funding in the Solomon Islands would commence later in 2012. Australia will also host a regional anti-malaria conference in Sydney from October 31 to November 2, 2012, to better co-ordinate Asia-Pacific campaigns to fight the disease.
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Vietnam to Tackle Ending Malaria with Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network
20 August 2012: - In an important step toward achieving malaria elimination, Vietnam officially joins the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN). APMEN brings together countries in the Asia Pacific that have adopted a national or sub-national goal for malaria elimination, and connects them with a broad range of regional and global malaria partners to develop best practices for eliminating malaria and to efficiently address region-specific challenges, like Plasmodium vivax.
Read APMEN press release
RBM Partner in the UK raises awareness of malaria on World Mosquito Day
20 August 2012, London, UK: - To mark World Mosquito Day, Malaria No More (UK) invites passengers on board a fictitious airplane for a trip to malaria-endemic regions. An interactive infographic shows travelers countries affected by malaria in the past and today and shares key facts and compelling stories.
20 August went down in history as World Mosquito Day when British doctor Ronald Ross made the link between the bite of female mosquitoes and malaria's transmission from human to human 115 years ago. In 1902, Ross's discovery earned him the Nobel prize for medicine and laid the foundations for scientists across the world to better understand and protect humanity against malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
RBM elects new Board members
15 August 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - : Two of the 7 constituencies, represented on the RBM Partnership Board have recently elected new Board members and alternates. The constituency of malaria-endemic countries has elected Indonesia as RBM Alternate Board member at the margins of the 11th ASEAN Health Ministers meeting. Indonesia will be represented by Prof Dr Tjandra Yoga Aditama, Director General of Disease Control & EH, Ministry of Health of Indonesia.
The constituency of non-governmental organisations has re-elected Dr Akudo Anyanwu as Board member and Dr Esther Tallah as Alternate, both representing Southern NGOs. Mrs Rima Shretta, former Alternate member, has been elected Board member, representing Nothern NGOs. Elections for the Alternate seat are ongoing.
More info on RBM Board
Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria concludes official visit to WHO Regional Office for Africa in Congo Brazzaville
10 August 2012, Brazzaville, CONGO: - The Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria (RBM), Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, ended a two-day official visit to the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville.
The aim of the visit was to reinforce collaboration among RBM, WHO and ALMA (African Leaders Malaria Alliance) to support countries in Africa.
More info on WHO AFRO
RBM and Malaria No More Support Global Festival to End Extreme Poverty
8 August 2012, New York, USA: -The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, together with Malaria No More, is proud to support the Global Poverty Project's Global Festival, which will celebrate the progress made in the fight against extreme poverty and other related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly in September, the festival could bring as many as 60,000 change makers to Central Park on Saturday, 29 September for an iconic concert that will call on leaders and the public to increase commitment to overcoming extreme poverty and associated global health issues like malaria.
The Foo Fighters, Neil Young, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and Somalia-born K'Naan are among the artists that have signed on to perform at the inaugural advocacy concert. Through the Global Festival, organizers hope to secure at least US $100 million in new commitments from governments and donors to benefit the world's poorest, as well as mobilize thousands of ambassadors for change.
Beyond the attention the headlining bands will bring to the issues, a unique ticketing system will create greater engagement among the public on a variety of pressing development issues. Through the Global Poverty Project's online platform, called Global Citizen, fans will have the chance to earn tickets to the concert while gaining knowledge about global issues and supporting a cause through financial donations.
Malaria will be among the many poverty-related issues featured at the Global Festival. Its cause will be lead by Malaria No More and The Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
RBM SARN Annual Constituencies Consultative Meeting
23 - 27 July 2012, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: - The Southern Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (SARN), supported by the RBM Secretariat and partners, will hold the SARN General Assembly Annual Constituencies Consultative Meeting to review progress in the implementation of the SARN Work Plan and country road maps. Participants will also discuss the SADC Malaria Strategic Framework (2007 - 2015) and the SADC Malaria Elimination Framework and share best practices in achieving progress towards the RBM targets and the MDGs.
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Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré Takes Office as RBM Executive Director
19 July 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: -A few days after having taken up the post of Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré congratulated RBM partners for having galvanised unprecedented progress in the fight against malaria over the past decade.
"Working in Africa as a medical doctor, WHO Representative, and Malian Minister of Health has allowed me to appreciate just how successful the RBM Partnership has been," she said, referring to the massive efforts, which brought malaria into the global limelight and led to the significant reduction in malaria cases and deaths.
"But I am also acutely aware of the difficult task we have ahead of us," she added, referring to the ambitions goals laid out in the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). RBM's GMAP calls for reducing global malaria deaths to near zero and global malaria cases by 75% by 2015, setting 2000 levels as a baseline. It also calls for eliminating malaria in at least ten new countries by 2015 and for effectively containing the risk of drug and insecticide resistance.
"This is a huge job and getting it done will require a great commitment from all," Dr Nafo-Traoré said. "To reach our goal, we need to open new channels of communication and engage a wider range of actors in our fight. Securing sufficient resources is key to ensure that all efforts continue to be translated into effective action in countries."
"RBM partners are the planners, thinkers, advocates, donors and implementers," Dr Nafo-Traoré said. "I look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas and insights, so that, together, we can shape the new decade of malaria control efforts with the sense of urgency and level of excellence required for us to meet our ambitious goals."
View Dr Nafo-Traoré biography [in English]
US Senate Agrees on New Malaria Resolution
11 July 2012, Washington DC, USA / Geneva, SWITZERLAND: -The Senate of the United States of America agreed to a new resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, including the target of ending malaria deaths by 2015. It reaffirmed US leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President's Global Health Initiative.
The resolution commends the progress made toward reducing global malaria prevalence and deaths, particularly through the efforts of the President's Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Recognizing the goals to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, the Senate encourages members of the international community to sustain and scale up their support for efforts to combat malaria.
The concurrent resolution was sponsored by 12 Senators, referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and agreed to in Senate on 10 July 2012 with an amendment and with a preamble.
In the United States Congress, a concurrent resolution is a resolution passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate but is not presented to the President. It does not have the force of law. Concurrent resolutions are generally used to address the sentiments of both chambers or deal with issues or matters affecting both houses.
Read the full resolution
RBM CARN Annual Meeting
10 July 2012, Yaounde, CAMEROON: - Representatives of more than 60 RBM partner organisations gathered for the two-day long annual meeting of RBM's Central African Regional Network (CARN). Participants reviewed progress in malaria control in the region, identified bottlenecks and discussed strategies for their rapid resolution. CARN's performance as a platform for synchronised action in the region was reviewed, as well as progress against the objectives and milestones of the 2012 work plan.
More info on CARN
Tunis Declaration Calls for Increased Domestic Financing for Health
6 July 2012, TUNIS: -African Ministers of Finance and Health met in Tunis this week to review strategies for investing in the continent's health sector during the coming years. Addressing the ministers, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership's Board Chair, Victor Makwenge urged the uptake of public-health and financing policies that demonstrate impact on maternal and child health.
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ASEAN political commitment critical to sustain malaria gains
4 July 2012, Phuket, THAILAND: - As the ten member countries gather at the ASEAN Health Ministerial Meeting, the Government of Thailand and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) convene a high-level consultation during the event to urge greater political support for on-going malaria control efforts in the region.
Evidence of emerging resistance to the most effective antimalarial drugs has recently put the region in the global spotlight. Experts fear that if resistant malaria strains spread to other regions and continents, the only treatment currently available against the deadliest form of malaria – the artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) – may lose its efficacy and that many of the significant gains of the past decade could be reversed.
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RBM supports African countries to secure funding for malaria control
19 June 2012, Dakar, SENEGAL: -37 malaria-endemic countries gathered today for a four-day RBM workshop to develop comprehensive malaria programmatic gap analysis and to enhance countries' understanding of the current donor environment.
The workshop, organised by RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG), has prioritised countries that are in urgent need of filling their funding gaps in the next three years. Participants will identify the type of technical support countries need to prepare sustained financing plans for malaria.
Advocacy features is a key component of the workshop. An advocacy track, organised by RBM's Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) will empower priority countries to effectively use modern advocacy techniques in future efforts to mobilise resources and fill existing gaps.
View RBM Press Release [in French]
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RBM reviews progress in malaria control in West Africa
18 June 2012, Dakar, SENEGAL: -Representatives from 15 countries in the RBM West African Regional Network (WARN) gathered to review progress on RBM country roadmaps and discuss their needs for technical assistance. They also reviewed the new gap analysis methodology, elimination strategies and the need for seasonal malaria chemoprevention. These discussions are taking place in advance of a two-day workshop where funding gaps in countries will be analyzed and new funding opportunities presented.
RBM's New Executive Director Appointed
14 June 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Dr Nafo-Traoré brings to the Partnership over twenty five years of relevant expertise and leadership experience. After working as a Health Specialist at the World Bank in Bamako, Dr Nafo-Traoré served as Minister of Health, Social Affairs, Solidarity and the Elderly of Mali from 2000 to 2002. She was appointed as the first Executive Secretary of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership in 2003. Dr Nafo-Traoré subsequently held office as the Director of the WHO Roll Back Malaria Department and as WHO representative to the Congo and Ethiopia.
RBM and International Aid Organizations Honor United Nations Deputy Secretary-General for Contributions to Global Health
12 June 2012; New York, USA: -As Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, finishes her six-year mandate, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) gather at the UN headquarters in New York to acknowledge her contributions to global health. At a reception, co-hosted by RBM, UNAIDS and UNFPA on Thursday evening, hundreds of guests from the UN community, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the private sector and the NGO community came to celebrate the progress that Dr. Migiro, a Tanzania native, has helped forge against global health and development targets during her tenure.
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Sixth Meeting of the RBM Partnership Case Management Working Group
Geneva, 11th-13th June 2012: -Nearly 50 experts, representing 16 RBM partner organizations and the national malaria control programs of Cambodia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and the island of Zanzibar gathered today to share good practice and exchange knowledge and experiences on a host of issues related to malaria case management. The participants discussed ways to improve the implementation of current strategies for managing malaria cases in endemic countries, so as to achieve the global target of near zero malaria deaths by 2015.
More info on Case Management Working Group (CMWG)
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RBM's MERG meeting focuses on tools to track progress in malaria control
6-8 June, London, UK: -The Roll Back Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (RBM MERG) held its 19th meeting to track GMAP objectives, targets and milestones and review use of malaria monitoring tools at sub-national level. In addition to providing a platform for information-sharing and coordination, the meeting allowed participants to review ongoing work and discuss priorities to be addressed in the 2013 workplan.
More info on Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group (MERG)
The Kuwait Fund to support RBM in its mission to end malaria
1 June, Kuwait City: -The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development pledged this week to contribute 1 million US$ over a period of 3 years to the activities of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat. The funding will help strengthen high-level political commitment for the fight against malaria.
Twenty-Second RBM Board Meeting
16-18 May 2012, SWITZERLAND, Geneva/Lausanne: - At its 22nd Meeting, starting in Lausanne today, the RBM Board will consider three main issues. First, the Board will deliberate over strategies for insuring uninterrupted flow of subsidized antimalarials to countries participating in the Affordable Medicines for Malaria initiative (AMfM). Second, the Board will review the implementation plan of the resource mobilization strategy for the Global Malaria Action Plan and identify priority actions for 2013 and beyond. Finally, a new RBM Executive Director is expected to be selected. A back-to-back ministerial session, to be held on 18 May, will gather 40 ministers of malaria-endemic countries in Geneva to address identification of funding for ongoing malaria control interventions in Africa.
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Swiss Malaria Group's exhibit on malaria at the Natural History Museum in Geneva
15 mai, SWITZERLAND, Geneva: -le Dr Richard N Kamwi, membre du Conseil du Partenariat RBM et Ministre namibien de la Santé, a rejoint M. Didier Burkhalter, Chef suisse du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères ainsi que le Dr Thomas Teuscher, Directeur exécutif par intérim du Partenariat RBM, lors de l'ouverture de l'exposition sur le paludisme organisée par le Swiss Malaria Group au Muséum d'histoire naturelle de la ville de Genève. Les discussions au cours de l'évènement ont principalement portées sur l'importance de la préservation des acquis de la lutte contre le paludisme.
WHO and RBM launch Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in malaria vectors
15 May, SWITZERLAND, Geneva: -The WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership have launched a global plan to tackle the emerging threat of mosquito resistance to insecticides. WHO and RBM urge affected countries and stakeholders to take action to preserve the effectiveness of current vector control tools, and to ensure that a new generation of public health insecticides is made available soon.
More info on Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in Malaria Vectors (GPIRM)
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Global Fund Forecasts $1.6 billion in Available Funds for 2012-2014
Major Shift Reflects Strategic Choices by Board, Renewed Confidence
10 May, SWITZERLAND, Geneva: - A new financial forecast by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria estimates that more than $1.6 billion in additional funding will be available in the 2012-14 period for investment in projects that save lives.
The new forecast is a result of strategic decisions made by the Board during its 26th meeting that started today. The funding will be invested in countries where demand is most pressing and a plan will be adopted to transform the Global Fund as to create multiple positive effects, including improved financial supervision and overall efficiency.
Read Global Fund press release
RBM partners strengthen community involvement in malaria control in Africa through behavior change communication
2-4 May 2012, Accra, GHANA: -Representatives of more than 13 RBM partner organizations are in Accra this week to collectively review the latest best practices and lessons learned in behavioral change communication in endemic countries. The meeting is the final step towards outlining a 5-year Global Strategic Framework for social and behavior change communication (SBCC) on malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. RBM has been systematically investing efforts in developing an SBCC strategy to create an enabling environment for sustainable positive change in malaria control practices.
View Provisional Consultative Meeting Agenda.
WHO urges endemic countries and donors to scale up testing, treatment and surveillance for malaria
24 April 2012, SWITZERLAND, Geneva: - On World Malaria Day 2012, WHO hails global progress in combating malaria but highlights the need to further reinforce the fight. The Global Malaria Programme's new initiative, T3: Test. Treat. Track, urges malaria-endemic countries and donors to move towards universal access to diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment, and to build stronger malaria surveillance systems.
For more info read WHO news release
Just published: Disease Surveillance for Malaria Control & Elimination
T3: Test. Treat. Track brochure
View T3: Test. Treat. Track infographic on YouTube
$3.2 billion extra funding needed to meet the 2015 malaria goals in Africa
23 April 2012, USA, New York: - An RBM round-table discussion gathered leading global financiers and decision-makers to discuss new strategies for securing both more domestic funding in countries and sufficient external development aid in low-income countries. Thanks to improved access to malaria prevention, malaria death rates have fallen by over a quarter worldwide and by a third in Africa over the past decade.
"When it comes to saving child lives in Africa, malaria control is our best investment," said Dr. Thomas Teuscher, speaking at a round-table discussion in New York, which focused on raising the $3.2 billion extra funding needed to achieve universal coverage in sub-Sahran Africa, which carries 91% of the global malaria burden, and save 3 million lives by 2015. African Health Ministers, the UN Special Envoy for malaria and the heads of major donor institutions - the Global Fund, US President's Malaria Initiative and UNICEF - discussed how to ensure a predictable flow of funding for control interventions in endemic countries and intensify progress towards the 2015 goal of near-zero malaria deaths.
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Malaria: Blood, Sweat and Tears photographic exhibition in Ghana
20 April 2012, GHANA, Accra: - Malaria Consortium launched today Adam Nadel's Malaria: Blood, Sweat and Tears photographic exhibition at the National Museum of Ghana in Accra. Organized under the umbrella of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and in collaboration with Vestergaard Frandsen, this collection of photos is being shown in Africa for the first time. The launch is part of the commemoration of the World Malaria Day in Ghana and will be open to the public from April 21 for one month. Previously held at the United Nations in New York and at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, the exhibition will be shown at the Mairie de Paris on 18 May 2012.
For more info read Malaria Consortium Press release Malaria Consortium press release
United Nations / Roll Back Malaria Partnership video of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
19 April 2012, New York, USA: - "Let us build and strengthen our partnership. Let us Roll Back Malaria and realize our vision of a malaria-free world. "
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
View the full statement on RBM YouTube
RBM's Princess Astrid of Belgium to Highlight Fight Against Malaria in Indonesia in lead-up to World Malaria Day 2012
12 April 2012, Jakarta, INDONESIA: - RBM's Special Representative, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium, has undertaken a tour of Singapore and Indonesia to encourage greater political commitment to global malaria control efforts. The Princess, who has served as Special Representative for RBM since 2007, has visited malaria research centers and met with government officials and business leaders in Singapore before arriving at the Republic of Indonesia to highlight the successes the government and partners have made in the fight against malaria. While in Indonesia (April 12-15), HRH Princess Astrid will participate in the launch of a national RBM Partnership under the leadership of Vice President Boediono and the Minister of Health, Dr. Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih. She will meet with Vice-President Boediono, First Lady Madam Kristiani Herawati and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa to discuss the important role Indonesia will play in overcoming critical challenges in malaria control. Indonesia is a key member of the G20, Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Princess will also meet with the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Surin Pitsuwan to help strengthen high-level political support for malaria control in the region.
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Hong Kong Popstars – Janice and Jill Vidal – lend their voice to fight malaria in Asia and beyond
5 April 2012, Hong Kong: - Hong Kong actresses and singers, Janice and Jill Vidal have teamed up with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to bring attention to the plight of millions who needlessly suffer from malaria every day. The celebrity twins reached out to their fans in Asia and around the world to raise awareness of the issue. At a press conference in Hong Kong today they also announced their plans to join the Roll Back Malaria Partnership on a field visit of malaria control programs in Indonesia. Jill and Janice were visibly excited to lend their voices to the fight against malaria, affirming that "united, the world can and will overcome the disease." Janice and Jill encouraged young people throughout Asia and the world to join the Roll Back Malaria Partnership in commemorating World Malaria Day on April 25th, 2012.
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RBM welcomes simplified procedures for Global Fund's grant administration
3 April 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes a recent announcement by the Global Fund that its grant administration process will be simplified, making it easier for countries to access funding and continue operations in the field. France's Board member, Mireille Guigaz, said the Global Fund needs to get back to allowing countries to scale-up treatment and prevention programs and should not wait until the next donor replenishment cycle begins in 2014 to do so. "The Global Fund is back and that is very important for us," she said. The recent funding contributions to the Global Fund by Japan and Germany show increasing donor confidence in an organization that is currently undergoing substantial transformation. "These reforms are putting the Global Fund on a firm footing to save more lives and to deliver on our new strategy of engaging more effectively with our partners at country level," said the Global Fund's Board Chair, Simon Bland.
Read full press release by the Global Fund
DFID to fund winning proposals for health research
26 March 2012, London, UK: - Developing new technologies to address diseases of poverty is at the heart of a competition DFID launched earlier this month to boost health research. While the competition is open to all areas of work, malaria drugs, in particular for P. vivax and malaria in pregnancy, diagnostics and insecticides are topics of particular interest. Applications are being accepted until April 23 2012.
More info on DFID web site
RBM publishes 2012 "roadmaps" for tracking progress in malaria-endemic countries
6 March 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - New "roadmaps" will allow RBM partners to track progress in malaria control in countries for the year 2012. Published yesterday, the 17 roadmaps will assist malaria-endemic countries in continuing the scale up of malaria control interventions. The country roadmaps were first produced in 2009 and have since become an essential tool for guiding donors and implementation partners. They have also enabled advocates to leverage support and produce comprehensive reporting on country progress. Additional 31 roadmaps will be published by the end of March 2012, bringing the total number of endemic countries using this tool to 48.
View 2012 RBM roadmaps
12th RBM Harmonization Working Group Meeting
5-6 March 2012, Nairobi, KENYA: - At a technical meeting, organized by the RBM's Harmonization Working Group, RBM international and country partners and malaria national control programme managers will review challenges in malaria-endemic countries and assess country needs for external support. One of the key expected outputs of the meeting is developing concrete strategies for resource mobilization in a changing global context.
More info on Harmonization Working Group
Dr Thomas Teuscher takes office as ad interim Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)
1 March 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - With the departure of Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck today, Dr Teuscher stepped into the position of Executive Director ad interim of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. The appointment of a new Executive Director is expected to be announced in May 2012.
Dr Teuscher joined the Roll Back Malaria Cabinet Project as a Senior Adviser in 2000. During his tenure, Dr Teuscher helped to facilitate RBM's transition from a partnership built on the strength of loose ties to a well-structured, accountable, and internationally recognized body for the coordination of global and regional malaria control efforts. He has played a key role in strengthening RBM's governance and decision-making processes, in setting increasingly ambitious goals and priorities for the Partnership, in expanding the reach of the Partnership by forging strategic alliances, and in developing the strategic planning processes for the Partnership so it can reach its global goals.
Before joining RBM Dr Teuscher worked for twenty years in rural Africa as a physician, public health specialist, project manager, planning and policy adviser, and director of health research consortia. Dr Teuscher has authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers on public health topics focused on generating evidence that informs public health policy, and quality of care in developing countries.
Theme for World Malaria Day 2012: "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria"
27 February 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Every year the malaria community commemorates World Malaria Day on 25 April. The theme for World Malaria Day 2012 - "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria" focuses on the critical need for continued investment in malaria control to safeguard the gains that have been made over the past decade and to promote health and development in malaria-endemic countries. RBM Partners are invited to add their own slogan and key messages under this umbrella theme to reflect their areas of engagement and shed light on particular aspects of malaria control.
For more guidance, information and resources visit World Malaria Day 2012 website
RBM Procurement & Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSMWG)
27 February 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The RBM Procurement & Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSMWG) is gathering today for its 8th international meeting (PSM8) to discuss current and upcoming challenges that should be addressed by the PSMWG in 2012 and 2013. Workplans for each workstream will be developed to increase coordination, avoiding duplication and fill current gaps.
More info on RBM Procurement & Supply Chain Management Working Group
View 8th PSMWG Meeting Agenda
Delivery of child-friendly antimalarial hits the 100 million mark
22 February 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - One hundred million treatments of Coartem® Dispersible (artemether-lumefantrine), an antimalarial developed especially for children with Plasmodium falciparum malaria, have been delivered by Novartis to 39 malaria-endemic countries, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) announced today.
Read MMV Press Release
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One step closer to blocking the transmission of malaria: Pioneering MMV research published in PLoS Medicine compares the activity of antimalarial medicines at every step of the parasite's lifecycle.
Pyramax® receives positive opinion from the EMA: This new antimalarial is indicated for P. falciparum and blood stage P. vivax malaria.
Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck reflects on her tenure as Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership
20 February 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - After eight years at the helm of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck decided that she would not renew her mandate as Executive Director. She stated: "I am particularly happy and proud of the work accomplished, but the time has come for me to consider new horizons."
At a ceremony held in Geneva, Professor Coll-Seck was warmly congratulated by a number of public figures and directors of international organizations.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, transmitted a personal message to Dr Coll-Seck: "You have made an invaluable contribution to the fight against malaria (...). I have been profoundly inspired by your dedication to this cause, (…) and I am heartened by how much Roll Back Malaria has progressed with you at its helm".
Professor Coll-Seck's departure date is set for 29 February 2012. A selection process for a new RBM Executive Director is currently underway, and the RBM Board will announce the new appointment at its 22nd meeting in May 2012.
Read Leadership interview with Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck
View RBM Flickr Photo gallery on Prof Coll-Seck Farewell Party at WHO
Malaria Advocates Identify Priority Messages and Targets for 2012
6 – 7 February 2012, London, UK: - RBM advocates and members of the RBM Partnership's Malaria Advocacy Working Group are gathering in London today to identify opportunities for malaria advocacy and prioritize key activities that organizations within RBM could jointly undertake in 2012.
More info on RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG)
View Agenda of The Eighth Meeting of the RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group
7th Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) meeting
6 – 8 February 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Member of the RBM Vector Control Working Group have gathered for their 7th Annual Meeting to discuss urgent and emerging issues and establish a work plan for 2012.
More info on RBM Vector Control Working Group (VCWG)
View Agenda of The 7th Annual Meeting of RBM Vector Control Working Group (VCWG)
Health actors get training on resource mobilisation for malaria
5 February 2012, London, UK: - Against the backdrop of diminishing financing for global health and at a time when malaria-endemic countries scale-up their efforts to meet the 2015 MDGs, members of the malaria community gathered in London to participate in a training, focused on the current funding landscape and opportunities. The event, organised by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, featured a session on the funding mechanism of the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA). Guest speakers include representatives of the African Union Commission, the Office of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.
View the training agenda and presentations
The Global Fund: 10 Years of Impact
31 January 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - In 2012, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is celebrating 10 years of saving lives. Over its lifetime the Global Fund has made a major contribution to reducing dramatically malaria in Africa and the world.
Yesterday in Paris, Friends of the Global Fund Europe, the Global Fund and its partners held a meeting to commemorate 10 years of partnership with the Global Fund for more impact.
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More info on A decade of European support to the Global Fund
RBM's Good Will Ambassador Becomes First African Woman
to Receive World Economic Forum's Crystal Award for humanitarian work for women and children, in particular for malaria control
25 January 2012, Davos, SWITZERLAND: - Yvonne Chaka Chaka, renowned singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, has become the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award. The Award is given each year to successful artists who have used their art to 'improve the state of the world', according to the Forum.
View press release
Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Prof Awa Coll-Seck thanked African Union Ambassadors in Geneva for their commitment to global malaria control and urged continued efforts.
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18th meeting of the Roll Back Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (RBM MERG)
24-26 January 2012, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA : - The Roll Back Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (RBM MERG) meeting brought together RBM MERG partners to discuss endemic country needs for strenthening monitoring and evaluation systems. Key discussion themes also included challenges and innovations in measuring case management, recent disease burden estimates, and measurement of malaria in low-endemicity or elimination settings. Participants received updates from partner organizations and reviewed the ongoing work of RBM MERG task force.
Private sector to take a larger role in fighting malaria in endemic countries
22 January 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - RBM partners have just released new recommendations for harnessing knowledge and resources from the private sector to meet global malaria targets. The new document is the outcome of an RBM workshop on Indoor Residual Spraying, conducted jointly by RBM's Vector Control Working Group and the Global Business Coalition in Johannesburg, in October, 2011. At the meeting private companies were acknowledged as major contributors to malaria control efforts in endemic countries. Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is a highly effective vector control intervention which protected more than than 78 million people Africa-wide in 2010
African football stars commit to fighting malaria as African Cup of Nations kicks off
21 January, Malabo, EQUATORIAL GUINEA - : As of tomorrow, when the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will be aired throughout Africa to highlight the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for African children. Some of football's biggest stars and champions of "United Against Malaria" have lent their voice to this initiative.
View UAM press release
RBM partners fight malaria on the football field
16 January 2012, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : Organizations from multiple constituencies of the RBM Partnership, including the private sector, foundations, NGOs and academia, joined forces ahead of the African Cup of Nations to hammer out strategies for using the popularity of football in the fight against malaria. Hosted by RBM's Southern African Regional Network, the event highlighted the unique role private sector partners can play in the United Against Malaria Initiative and in advocacy for effective malaria control.
RBM Board Chair Dr Victor Makwenge Kaput presents his New Year wishes to the malaria community in a video message
15 December 2011, New York, USA - : Video address on the RBM YouTube channel.
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2012 Season's Greetings from RBM Executive Director
14 December 2011, Geneva, SUISSE - : Dear Partners, colleagues, friends,
As we enter the holiday season this year, let us remember how much there is to celebrate. More than a million African children's lives have been saved from malaria in the past decade. More than 40 endemic countries have halved their malaria cases or deaths over the past few years. More than 25 countries are currently striving for malaria elimination.
Read the full message by Prof. Awa-Marie Coll Seck, Executive Director of RBM Partnership
RBM Executive Director, Professor Awa Coll-Seck, and U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, awarded "UNCA Citizen of the Year Award"
14 December 2011, New York, USA - : The 16th United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Awards Dinner was held in New York Wednesday (Dec 14) evening to recognize excellence in media coverage of UN activities and outstanding personalities who have contributed to humanitarian efforts around the world in the past year. This year's event gave particular focus to malaria, as both Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, Professor Awa Coll-Seck, and UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, were awarded the prestigious UNCA Citizen of the Year award for their respective leadership and commitment to the fight against this treatable and preventable disease.
The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, lauded both Professor Coll-Seck and Mr. Chambers for their significant contributions to global malaria control efforts as he presented their awards.
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RBM Workshop on Global Fund's Transitional Funding Mechanism
13 December 2011, Nairobi, KENYA: - In a three-day workshop, RBM partners will brief malaria-endemic countries on the new transitional funding mechanism, put in place by the Global Fund, as a substitute for Round 11 and will review programmatic gaps, as well as discuss potential alternative funding opportunities.
Malaria deaths are down but progress remains fragile
Launch of The World Malaria Report 2011
13 December 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000, and by 33% in the WHO African Region, according to the World Malaria Report 2011, issued today by the World Health Organization. This progress is the result of a significant scaling-up of malaria prevention and control measures in the last decade, including the widespread use of bed nets, better diagnostics and a wider availability of effective medicines to treat malaria.
View WHO News Release
Download World malaria report 2011
More info on The World Malaria Report 2011
Malaria and AIDS Communities Call for Joint Programming
6 December 2011, Addis Ababa. ETHIOPIA - : Global health Partners attending the 16th Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa – ICASA – have called upon policy makers to reap the enormous potential for synergies between malaria and HIV programmes. More than 7,000 participants from the HIV/AIDS, health and development communities are attending the conference, hosted in the Ethiopian Capital until Dec. 8.
The session on co-infection between malaria and HIV/AIDS at the 16th ICASA was convened by the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and included speakers from UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Vestergaard Frandsen, CITAM+ and RAP+ Afrique Centrale.
View RBM Press Release
The Global Fund Press Release
Adoption of GMAP Objectives, Targets, Milestones and Priorities by ECOWAS
5 December 2011 - : A special session of ECOWAS Ministers of Health adopted a 2012-2016 regional strategy plan for malaria control, which incorporates GMAP objectives and targets.
View Final communiqué of Third extraordinary meeting of the assembly of ECOWAS health ministers
GMAP Targets adopted by ECOWAS
Princess Astrid of Belgium Visits Gulf Region to Encourage Commitment against Malaria and Other Preventable Diseases
28 November 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE - : The Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, has begun her visit of the Gulf region this week to advocate for stronger regional investment in global malaria control efforts. Her partners on this mission are Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director and Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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RBM partner Novartis finds a new class of antimalarial drug candidates
17 November 2011, Basel, SWITZERLAND - : Novartis and collaborators announced today the discovery of a new dual-acting class of antimalarial compounds - the imidazolopiperazines (IZPs). While most current malaria treatments target blood infections, the new class of drug candidates inhibits both liver and blood infections in malaria models and has the potential to both prevent and treat the disease. The discovery was published in Science online, at the Science Express website today.
View Novartis Press Release
publication in Science Magazine
China hosts RBM's 21st Board meeting
16-18 November 2011 Wuxi, PR CHINA: - : In a three-day meeting, hosted by the government of the People's Republic of China, the Board of the RBM Partnership will discuss strategic priorities that will make the most pertinent contribution to achieving the targets and objectives of the Global Malaria Action Plan. The Board will also give strategic direction to RBM's efforts to mobilize additional resources, expand access to ACTs and contain emerging drug and insecticide resistance. The event will enable information exchange and discussions on China's achievement and best practice in malaria control, the challenges of controlling vivax malaria and the latest research on vaccines and drugs.
More info on RBM Partnership Board
RBM partners commemorate Malaria Day in the Americas
8 November 2011, Washington D.C., USA - : Integration of malaria programs in health systems and malaria elimination in the countries of the Americas were commanding themes of a malaria forum, commemorating the 5th Annual Malaria Day in the Americas. Organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the George Washington University Center for Global Health (CGH), the forum gathered health authorities and experts, students, academicians, and the general public and honoured the winners of the 2011 Malaria Champions of the Americas contest.
In the Americas, malaria cases declined 54 percent and malaria deaths declined 68 percent between 2000 and 2009. Eighteen of the 21 endemic countries in the Americas have experienced declines, while three have seen increases in malaria cases.
More about the event
Artemisinin Conference 2011
2-3 November 2011, Hanoi, VIETNAM - : Following the previous Artemisinin Conferences in Tanzania, Thailand, China, India and Madagascar, the 2011 Artemisinin Conference was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, a country which has been growing Artemisia annua and extracting artemisinin, for many years.
View Artemisinin Conference 2011 report
RBM Harmonisation Working Group prepares for upcoming RBM Board meeting
27 October 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : Providing adequate financial and technical support to malaria-endemic countries in a challenging global economic context was a commanding theme of a two-day meeting held by RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG) in Geneva. Participants reviewed progress against planned targets and endemic countries' needs for partner support, as well as discussed key strategic challenges and the role of HWG post 2011. The meeting generated consensus among RBM partners around key issues to be highlighted at the RBM Board meeting and inform plans for the way forward.
More info on RBM Harmonisation Working Group
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RBM Ambassadors give voice to global fight against fake medicines in INTERPOL-supported campaign
'Proud To Be' aims to raise public awareness of dangers of fake medicines
26 October 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : RBM applauds its Goodwill Ambassadors, South Africa's Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, for their engagement in INTERPOL's ongoing campaign to raise public awareness worldwide and in particular throughout Africa of the health risks, posed by counterfeit medicines. The two African singers will release a new song, entitled "Proud to be" under the auspices of INTERPOL tomorrow after a live performance by Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Nairobi. The first ever live public performance of "Proud to be" will gather senior government officials from Kenya and other countries in the region, in addition to representatives from international organizations and NGOs.
View full release
"SMS for Life" program wins 2011 WSJ Technology Innovation Award in Health-Care IT category »
21 October 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : RBM congratulates the people and organisations behind the "SMS for Life" programme for winning the Health-Care IT category of the 2011 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards. These global awards recognize game-changing innovations that break with conventional ideas or processes, go beyond marginal improvements and have a wide impact in their field. Led by Novartis, in partnership with IBM, Vodafone, the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, and under the umbrella of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, "SMS for Life" harnesses everyday technology to improve access to essential malaria medicines in rural areas. Since rolling out nationally across Tanzania in April 2011, the program has expanded to Ghana and Kenya.
SMS for Life [en anglais]
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Wide-scale trial of malaria vaccine produces promising results
19 October 2011, Seattle, USA - : First results from a large-scale Phase III trial of RTS,S, published online yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), show the malaria vaccine candidate to provide young African children with significant protection against clinical and severe malaria with an acceptable safety and tolerability profile. The results were announced at the Malaria Forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.
View MVI Press Release
PNearly a third of all malaria affected countries on course for elimination over the next decade
7 October 2011, Seattle, USA - : A new report released by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) just prior to the opening of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria Forum in Seattle, reveals that an increasing number of countries are setting their sights on eliminating malaria, with three countries already certified as malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the last 4 years.
More info on Eliminating Malaria: Learning from the Past, Looking Ahead Report
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Download the report [in English]
Global Atlas echoes findings from RBM's latest report on elimination
17 October 2011, San Francisco, USA - : A global atlas charts prospects for malaria elimination and offers a visual tool to help focus resources where they are needed most. The document, created by the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), complements RBM's latest report, "Eliminating Malaria: Learning from the Past, Looking Ahead," released at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria Forum in Seattle.
More info from USCF
RBM Applauds Liberia's President Sirleaf for Winning the Nobel Peace Prize
RBM Applauds Liberia's President Sirleaf for Winning the Nobel Peace Prize - : The Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates the Deputy Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011.
In addition to her remarkable work on peace, President Sirleaf made an important contribution to the fight against malaria. Under the stewardship of President Kikwete of Tanzania and President Sirleaf of Liberia, ALMA has grown to include 40 African countries and the African Union. African leadership under the RBM umbrella has been a critical success factor in the fight against malaria over the past decade. Since year 2000, malaria deaths have decreased by 38% and 11 African countries have registered a decline of 50% or more in malaria mortality.
View ALMA Press Release
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More info on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
7th International Meeting of the RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSM7)
27 - 28 September 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : The 7th International Meeting of the RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSM7) took place on 27-28 September in Geneva. Over 40 participants from all over the world came together to discuss current challenges in supplying the most important malaria health products: ACTs, insecticides, LLINs and RDTs. The participants reviewed the implementation of the 2011 workplan and refined the 2012 workplan. For the first time we had the pleasure of welcoming the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), represented by the IVCC Senior Executive Officer, Dr. Tom McLean.
More info Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group
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RBM Partnership Celebrates a Decade of Partnership and Progress
20 September 2011, New York, USA - : More than 400 partners and guests gathered at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York yesterday, on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly, to reflect on the remarkable progress made in malaria control over the last 10 years and the resulting impact on the lives of communities around the globe.
Heads of State, First Ladies, Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs and other endemic government representatives, leading agencies and a multitude of partners were hosted by the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Dr Asha-Rose Migiro and Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Guests were addressed by the Chair of the African Union, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea; the Chair of African Leaders Malaria Alliance, President Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania; Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; the Executive Director of the Global Fund, Michel Kazatchkine; and Mandy Moore, Yvonne Chaka and Youssou N'Dour, also Goodwill Ambassadors and stars of the screen and entertainment world.
View video news from VideoZone
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Roll Back Malaria report heralds record success and anticipates near-zero malaria deaths in next decade if efforts sustained
12 September 2011, Paris, London - : A new report released today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) finds that the world has made remarkable gains against malaria in the past ten years, increasing optimism that an end to the disease is in sight. According to Roll Back Malaria Partnership: A Decade of Partnership and Results, global malaria deaths have dropped by an estimated 38%, with 43 countries (11 of them in Africa) cutting malaria cases or deaths by 50% or more, reversing the trend of the previous decade and saving over a million lives.
View RBM Press Release
Download the Report in English: A Decade of Partnership and Results [in French]
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland looks back on a decade of progress in malaria control
12 September 2011 - : Upon the occasion of the launch of a Roll Back Malaria report describing the achievements of the malaria community between 2001 and 2010, Dr Brundtland, one of the main architects of the RBM partnership, gave the following interview to mark a decade of leadership, solidarity and collaboration in the fight against malaria.
Read Interview with Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former WHO Director-General
Anglophone West African countries elect RBM Board representatives
Two RBM Board members representing Anglophone West African countries were elected last week at a side event organized at the 61st WHO AFRO Regional Committee, held in Yamoussoukro (Côte d'Ivoire). Dr. Walter Gwenigale, Minister of Health of Liberia, was re-elected for a two-year term, while Mrs. Fatim Badjie, Minister of Health and Social Welfare for Gambia, was appointed as an alternate. In other side events, representatives from Francophone West African countries and Central African countries met with RBM Board representatives for their region to discuss malaria control challenges and how to meet 2015 targets.
More info on RBM Board
RBM and WHO convene a Round Table on ACT Supply
8 September 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : The RBM-WHO Round Table on ACT Supply was convened to bring together all the major stakeholders to discuss the situation of ACT supply and to make recommendations to address any identified challenges.
The Round Table concluded that while there was no acute shortage of ACTs, the supply situation in the rest of 2011 could become tight in some local situations. The meeting was not complacent on this matter and requested (i) that a small management team under WHO leadership develop a risk management plan and monitor and address those local situations at risk, (ii) that the Roll Back Malaria PSM working group improve intelligence on ACT demand and supply and propose strategies and solutions for the medium and long term.
The meeting also warned against poorly informed statements about the situation which would only serve to increase the problem and a vicious cycle of price rises (similar to what happened in 2004/05) could occur. The AMFm, Global Fund Voluntary Pooled Procurement and USPMI were congratulated on the open and transparent way they were publishing information on their orders and deliveries.
Read RBM‐WHO Round Table on ACT Supply Meeting report
RBM prepares its work plan for 2012
5-7 September 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND - : Reaching the 2012-2013 milestones outlined in RBM's Global Malaria Action Plan will be the commanding theme of a three-day RBM Partnership planning meeting. Participants will consolidate the outcomes and activities, proposed by the various Partnership mechanisms, and prepare RBM's workplan for implementation in 2012. The workplan will be submitted to the Board for approval in November 2011.
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Updated country roadmaps now available
1 September 2011: - Countries are now in the process of updating their malaria roadmaps to reflect progress made in 2011. The roadmaps track expenditures and coverage of malaria interventions to help identify resource needs and coverage gaps. Eleven updated roadmaps are now available, with additional roadmaps expected in the coming months. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership is supporting the process through a series of training workshops in various African countries.
View 2011 Country Roadmaps Updates
Harmonization Working Group Global Fund Round 11 Orientation Meeting
17-19 August 2011, Nairobi, KENYA: - At a training workshop, gathering participants from 13 African countries, RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG) will support national efforts to develop funding proposals for malaria and apply for Global Fund's (GF) Round 11. The workshop targets countries that have confirmed their intention to apply for Round 11 (to date: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar). Participants in the workshop include national malaria control programme staff, PRs and SRs, CCM members, international and national consultants and key RBM partners.
The workshops, facilitated by the GF and RBM HWG partners, will share knowledge and teach practical skills for preparing Round 11 (R11) proposals and will inform applicants about major changes in the R11 process, as well as provide key technical and implementation updates. In particular, the workshops will provide an overview of the revised GF application materials including its logframe table; new approach to consolidation, new CCM guidelines, new eligibility criteria; prioritization; counterpart financing and performance framework. In addition, participants will receive technical support on proposal preparation in specific proposal components drawing on key lessons learned from previous rounds and addressing new challenges. Finally countries will work to plan their Round 11 process including timelines and resource requirements.
The Global Fund launched its 11th round on 15 August 2011. The round will close on 15 December 2011.
View RBM Support to Global Fund Round 11 Malaria Proposal Development
Vestergaard Frandsen donates bed nets to Côte d'Ivoire
29 July: - Vestergaard Frandsen has teamed up with Canadian NGO Right To Play and the Chelsea Football Club to donate 2500 bed nets to Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba's foundation in Côte d'Ivoire. The donation was announced on July 23 in Bangkok, Thailand during Chelsea's Asian nations summer tour. The bed nets, which bear Mr. Drogba's image, will be produced and delivered to the Côte d'Ivoire in time for the 2012 World Malaria Day. Vestergaard Frandsen will work with Chelsea and the Didier Drogba Foundation to distribute the nets in Côte d'Ivoire. A small donation of bed nets was also made on the same day to a local Thai charity working with disadvantaged youth in the country, for the purposes of preventing other vector-borne diseases like Dengue Fever.
Expanding access to malaria medicines in Africa requires an expanded role for African pharmacists
6 July, Dakar, SENEGAL: - Today, only five years from the internationally agreed deadline for achieving near-zero malaria deaths, the malaria community is at a crossroads. While net distribution and coverage reached record levels last year, most populations at risk of malaria still do not have access to safe and effective malaria medicines. The next few years therefore call for another massive international effort, this time focused on improving the availability of high-quality malaria drugs.
Read RBM editorial
Ensemble, soutenons les pharmaciens dans leur rôle d'agents de santé et de développement" Conférence Inaugurale à l'occasion du "12ème Forum Pharmaceutique International" à Dakar, Sénégal [en français]
Case Management Working Group plans for 2012-2013
27 July, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The fifth meeting of the RBM Case Management Working Group (CMWG) got under way today in Geneva, drawing a range of representatives from national malaria control programmes, UN organizations, the private and public sector, and non-governmental organizations. The CMWG will focus on identifying key issues for 2012-2013, updating its workplan and improving its coordination with other RBM mechanisms.
More info on CMWG
View photos of the Fifth CMWG meeting on RBM Flckr
An Africa-wide communications strategy will support GMAP's rollout
26-28 July, Nairobi, KENYA: - Representatives from more than 24 RBM partner organisations met today to develop a 5-year communications strategy for implementing the Global Malaria Action Plan. The strategy will focus on removing barriers to use of malaria commodities, which is key to achieving the international targets for reducing malaria deaths and cases. This two-day consultation has gathered a host of RBM partners, including PSI, UNICEF, URC, MNM, IFRC, C-Change, JHUCCP and ALMA, as well as representatives of the National Malaria Control Programmes in Burundi, Tanzania, DRC, Zambia, Comoros, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Uganda, Liberia and Kenya.
View the 2nd Consultative Meeting on the Development of a 5-Year Global Strategic Framework for Malaria SBCC at Country Level presentations
2015 Millennium Development Goals Within Reach, UN Says
Some of the world's poorest countries have made impressive gains in the fight against poverty, but the least developed countries still lag in efforts to improve living standards, the United Nations said in a report showing significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty. Intensive control efforts have cut deaths from malaria by 20 per cent, with major advances in hard-hit African countries.
Read the report
US Senate adopts bipartisan resolution honouring World Malaria Day
A bipartisan resolution introduced by the US Senate Working Group on Malaria passed the Senate unanimously on June 27, 2011. The resolution supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day and affirmed support for US leadership to combat malaria as a critical component of the President's Global Health Initiative. Concurrent resolutions are generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers of the US legislative branch, but are not submitted to the President and thus do not have the force of law.
Read the resolution S. CON. RES. 15
Malaria research and development: Staying the course?
28 June, London, UK: Staying the Course? Malaria Research and Development in a Time of Economic Uncertainty is a new technical report from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership — authored by Australia-based Policy Cures and commissioned by the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, Innovative Vector Control Consortium, Medicines for Malaria Venture, and the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics — that shines a spotlight on recent trends in investments in malaria research and development (R&D). The report was launched at an event in the United Kingdom Parliament hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
This new report follows up on a 2005 study by the Malaria R&D Alliance to establish a baseline of global investment for malaria R&D — and using even better and more complete data — this new report charts the global community's progress toward goals laid out in the 2008 Global Malaria Action Plan.
According to the new report, malaria R&D is no longer grossly underfunded. Ground-shifting advances have moved the dial toward elimination and possibly eradication. But these gains are fragile. Without continued, modest increases in funding in the next few years, this progress could be reversed.
More info from the MVI web site
Download the full report
Read Executive summary
View Joint Press Release
Global Fund Partnership Forum
28-30 June, Sao Paolo, BRAZIL: - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) convened its 2011 Partnership Forum in Sao Paolo, Brazil on June 28-30. Some 350 participants attended the Forum, representing diverse constituencies from each of the eight regions in which the Global Fund provides funding, and representatives from the Global North.
Among other topics covered, the Forum was an opportunity to provide inputs into the Global Fund strategy for 2012-2016. Representatives of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat participated in the Forum, and reported that discussion on this item reflected a strong emphasis on partnership. Main themes included:
• Strategic partnerships: Using systematic approaches and drawing on the comparative advantages of partners to ensure drug and commodity availability, accessibility, affordability, and appropriateness. Most-at-risk populations need to be included in Global Fund processes at all levels and legal barriers need to be removed to ensure access of services.
• Sustaining gains: The importance of involving partners in helping countries in the pre-elimination phase reach the elimination phase by 2016.
• Developing an accountability framework: This involves operational types of agreements with partners, enhanced accountability mechanisms for partners at the Board level, 'surgical' revision of the accountability mechanism for country-coordinating mechanisms and ensuring that community-based accountability systems are in place.
• Integrating 'game changers': This includes a medicine patent pool, new diagnostic tools and other innovations to reduce drug prices and ensure the use of quality-assured drugs in Global Fund-financed grants.
• Strategic information systems: 10% of proposal budgets should be dedicated to strengthening strategic information systems, so that countries can make informed decisions on major issues affecting key populations.
• Human rights approaches: The establishment of civil society-based human rights watchdog mechanisms to ensure that the Global Fund is not funding country programmes that violate human rights.
In an early September 2011, the Partnership Forum Steering Committee (PFSC) will report the Forum's detailed outputs and recommendations -- mapped to one of three broad categories: operational policy, Comprehensive Plan for Reform, and inputs into the 2012-2016 Global Fund's strategy – which will be considered by the Board for inclusion in the Global Fund's strategy 2012 – 2016.
More on the Forum
Antimalaria efforts must expand in a recovering global economy
A report on Zambia, released this week by the RBM Partnership adds to mounting evidence that current anti-malaria interventions are an effective means of saving child lives and improving health in malaria-endemic countries.
Paradoxically, however, today's successes in malaria control, can spell trouble for high-performing countries. An article, entitled "Solving the Sisyphean Problem of Malaria in Zanzibar" and published today in the Science magazine paints a realistic picture of the choices and challenges countries face once they significantly reduce their malaria burden.
African members of parliament focus on malaria at upcoming health forum
13-15 June 2011, Lusaka, ZAMBIA : - Members of parliament from across Africa gathered in Lusaka, Zambia for the second Parliamentary Forum on Malaria. The forum ran 13-15 June 2011, and focused on the critical role of parliamentarians in establishing health priorities and national health strategies to address malaria. The three-day event is a joint effort of the National Assembly and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia, together with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
View the Forum programme
14 June 2011, Lusaka, ZAMBIA : - Focus on Zambia, a new country report launched at the second Parliamentary Forum on Malaria on June 14 in Lusaka, shows that Zambia's increased efforts to control malaria are generating concrete results. Authored by the Zambian Ministry of Health and produced by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the report finds that scaling up malaria interventions has saved the lives of an estimated 33,000 children under five since 2001, with overall child mortality dropping by 29% between 2001/2002 and 2007.
Read the report [in English] [in French]
View RBM press release
The Global Business Council (GBC) announced last week that Novartis has won the Technology for Health award for its role in the SMS for Life programme, which has been using mobile phone and electronic mapping technology to prevent stock-outs of anti-malarial medicines in the United Republic of Tanzania. SMS for Life is a public-private partnership involving the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Novartis, Vodacom, Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and other partners, all operating under the umbrella of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. Established in 2011, the Technology for Health award recognizes the use of new technologies or the application of existing ones in creative, ground-breaking ways to address malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
3 June 2011, New York, USA : - A panel co-hosted by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the World Bank brought together a range of public and private sector representatives at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs) in malaria control. The discussion underscored the importance of PPPs in achieving goals in the fight against malaria, while showcasing key successes and demonstrating why these partnerships are in the interest of all actors involved in malaria control.
Among the success stories highlighted by the panel were World Bank collaboration with Exxon Mobile Foundation to support countries under the Booster Program for Malaria Control, and Anglo Gold's integrated malaria control partnership in Obuasi, Ghana, which paved the way for the company to coordinate national scale-up as the first private company to take on the lead role for a Global Fund grant in Africa.
64th World Health Assemby calls on Member States to keep malaria high on development agenda and tackle drug resistance
The Health Assembly adopted a resolution on malaria calling on Member States to keep malaria high on the political and development agendas in order to sustain the tremendous gains made during the past decade, and calling on international partners to ensure adequate and predictable funding so that global malaria targets for 2015 can be met. The resolution highlighted the need for continued universal coverage with malaria vector control for at-risk persons, expanded access to diagnostic testing for suspected malaria and treatment for confirmed cases, and strengthened malaria surveillance systems. The need to implement the WHO Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment, and to develop a global plan for insecticide resistance management in malaria vectors, were also emphasized.
More on Malaria resolution submitted to the WHA (pages 29-33)
International School of Geneva pays visit to RBM-hosted Photographic Exhibition
72 children from the International School of Geneva were recently given a tour and Q&A session at the Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears photographic exhibition, being hosted by the RBM Secretariat until June 4th. Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears was conceived and produced by Malaria Consortium and photojournalist Adam Nadel to highlight the history, science and global impact of malaria. It was opened on May 4th by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan.
The group of 11-12 year-olds originated from a wide range of countries including malaria-endemic ones such as Kenya and Nigeria. They were fascinated by the exhibition and were eager to ask questions. They were particularly curious about how malaria is transmitted, what can be done to prevent the disease, and measures to be taken once someone is sick. The children all left with RBM materials to take home to their parents, many of whom work in the Geneva-based missions to the UN or in multinational companies.
View photo set on RBM Flickr
More photos on opening "Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears" photo exhibition at WHO HQ
India enforces ban on oral artemisinin-based monotherapies
A year after the call to action to remove oral artemisinin-based monotherapies from the market place, the Government of India is now taking decisive action to enforce export and production bans on these drugs. As of April 25, any company found to be manufacturing or exporting monotherapies will face immediate cancellation of its manufacturing license.
This action follows on the heels of India's 2008 decision to withdraw oral monotherapies from its market by July 2009. Until now, Indian companies have been the main source of monotherapies, which are contributing to a growing resistance against artemisinin, the drug currently used to fight malaria.
African Ministers of Health discuss key malaria issues at RBM Board meeting
13 May 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - African Ministers of Health and RBM Board members met this morning in a special RBM Board session to discuss key malaria issues, such as the banning of monotherapies, sustainable financing and the impact of Global Fund reform. In his closing remarks, the Honourable Stephen O'Brien noted that important strides forward had been made in malaria and praised the "enormous engagement and commitment" of African Ministers of Health.
View 20th RBM Board Meeting Decisions
Meeting presentations: [Day 1]; [Day 2]; [Day 3 including Ministerial Session]
Listen to the speech given by Hon Stephen O'Brien while attending Blood, Sweat and Tears photo exhibit [on RBM YouTube channel]
View photo set on Ministeral session [on RBM Flickr]
Visiting "Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears" photo exhibition at WHO HQ
Twentieth RBM Partnership Board Meeting Gets Underway in Geneva
11 May 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: -The 20th RBM Partnership Board Meeting began on 11 May in Geneva. Some 100 Board members, delegates and representatives from across the RBM Partnership attended the meeting, which ran until May 13. The meeting focused on strategic ways forward for implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan, overcoming challenges, and operational plans towards 2015 targets and objectives.
A Pre-Board Information Session allowed the participants to exchange experiences and views on current strategic issues, such as sustainable financing, health system strengthening, control in low endemicity settings, and others".
1 - Strategic interactions with health systems strengthening. The case of procurement and supply management [Summary] Presentation: [by Kaspar Wyss, Swiss Tropical Institute]
2 - Bringing malaria down through transmission reduction [Summary] Presentations: [by Kaka Mudambo, RBM Southern Africa Regional Network] [by Ana Carolina Santelli, Ministry of Health, Brazil]
3 - Maintaining the gains: sustainable financing in controlled low endemic settings [Summary] Presentation: [by Andrew Jones, Clinton Health Access Initiative]
4 - Overcoming operational bottlenecks through partnerships: achieving universal coverage with LLITNs in Kenya [Summary]
5 - Overview of potential strategies for intensifying progress in Central Africa [Summary] Presentations: [by Valentina Buj, UNICEF]
6 - Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Malaria Control Presenter: Jonathan Lines, WHO Global Malaria Programme [Summary] Presentation: [by Jo Lines, WHO]
Photos on RBM Flickr
Francophone Ministers of Health in West Africa appoint new representatives for the Roll Back Malaria Board
6 May 2011, Lome, TOGO: -In a side event to the 12th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers, Togo and Côte d'Ivoire were appointed as new representatives to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Board. The two countries were elected by Ministers of Health from ten Francophone West African countries, in a session facilitated by the West African Health Association (WAHO) and the West Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (WARN). Board representatives from Anglophone West African countries will be elected by the end of 2011.
More info on RBM Board
New Report shows that Private Sector Investment in Malaria Control saves lives, reduces costs and improves returns
Cape Town, South Africa, 5 May 2011: -Business Investing in Malaria Control: Economic Returns and a Healthy Workforce for Africa – authored and published by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and launched alongside the World Economic Forum Africa in Cape Town on May 5th – examines evidence from case studies in Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Mozambique to reveal that the benefits to companies of implementing effective malaria control programs for their workers are significant.
Download the report [in English] [in French]
View the press release [in English] [in French]
View also Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer on the role of the private sector in controlling malaria in Impact No. 6
WHO Director-General opens photo exhibition to commemorate World Malaria Day - "without victory there is no survival"
4 May 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The "Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears" photo exhibition was officially opened yesterday in Geneva by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Prof. Awa Coll-Seck (Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership) and Sunil Mehra (Executive Director of the Malaria Consortium).
Accompanied by WHO Deputy Director-General Dr. Asamoa-Baah, Dr. Chan noted in her opening speech that the phrase "blood, sweat, toil, and tears" comes from a 1940 speech delivered by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons. "That speech was a battle call that rallied the troops. As Churchill stated, the aim must be victory, however long and hard the road may be, 'for without victory there is no survival'".
Some 90 people attended the ceremony, including ambassadors from Finland, Switzerland and the United States, embassy representatives from Brazil, Gabon and Tanzania, the Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, the Executive Directors of UNITAID, STOP TB and other Roll Back Malaria partners.
The multi-media photo exhibition by Adam Nadel is now accessible to the public and will continue until 15 May.
View Opening remarks by Dr Margaret Chan
Photo slide show of the exhibition opening
A round-table on the fight against malaria
27 April 2011, Paris, FRANCE: - A round-table on the fight against malaria was co-organized by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Paris on Wednesday, April 27. This event brought together 200 representatives of the malaria community in France (researchers, public and private sector, policy makers) and representatives of the diplomatic community in Paris.
Four panels reviewed progress and challenges at the global level, the impact of malaria on maternal and child health, access to malaria treatments, and the role of France in the fight against malaria. The meeting was brought to a close by Mr Henri de Raincourt, French Minister for Cooperation. The round-table together with an exhibition in the garden of the Luxembourg in Paris marked the commemoration of the Fourth World Malaria Day in France.
Champions to End Malaria Photo Exhibition
25 April - 22 May, NY, USA, UN Headquarters: - Champions to End Malaria Photo Exhibition showcases the progress made against malaria through highlighting individuals who have leveraged their skills, talent, and platform to raise awareness and funds to save lives from this deadly disease.
View the poster
More info from NothingButNets
West Africa Commemorates World Malaria Day in Liberia
The Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with its partners in the RBM West African Subregional Network(WARN ) commemorates World Malaria Day - "Achieving Progress & Impact" - at the SKD Sports Complex,in Paynessville City.
Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf, President of Liberia accompanied by His Excellency Amadou Toumani Toure, President of the Republic of Mali, delivered a special statement in the presence of Cabinet Ministers , and representatives from the Diplomatic Corps and United Nations Mission.
View the article in Analyst
RBM Partnership marks a decade of progress on World Malaria Day 2011 and sets its sights on near zero deaths by 2015
21 April 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - Commemorations of World Malaria Day taking place in donor and endemic countries this week highlight the considerable progress reached in the last decade, with key international figures urging an extraordinary intensification of efforts and clear plans for attaining the goal of near zero deaths by 2015.
View RBM Presss Release [in English] [in French]
A display exhibition at the Jardin du Luxembourg
21-25 April 2011, Paris, FRANCE : - As part of the fourth World Malaria Day, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have organized an event for the public at the Jardin du Luxembourg. This initiative is designed to raise awareness and inform the general public about the challenges and the progress made in the fight against malaria. As the mosquito net currently symbolizes the fight against malaria, this mosquito net display is designed to be both esthetic and educational. Those involved in the fight against malaria will be available to the public to answer their questions. Activities will be presented to raise awareness among the young and the adults as well: stories, scientific demonstrations, concerts… Visitors will be provided with two exhibitions. The first is intended to better understand malaria, to discover its many impacts and the solutions to prevent and treat the disease. The second consists of a photographic exhibition focusing on people's will to live and their desire to control malaria.
St. Michel covered courtyard, Jardin du Luxembourg – Metro – RER Luxembourg open April 21-25 from 7.30 to 20.15
More info on display exhibition at the Jardin du Luxembourg
View Press Release [In French]
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes the United Nations General Assembly Resolution
18 April 2011, New Yorl, USA : - "Consolidating Gains and Accelerating Efforts to Control and Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa, by 2015" was adopted by consensus by the General Assembly.
The resolution urges Governments, together with United Nations agencies, private organizations and foundations, to accelerate efforts to achieve by 2015 the targets set out in Roll Back Malaria's Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly is a reminder of the work that needs to be done in order to meet these goals.
The resolution recognizes the progress made over the last year, while also calling upon endemic and donor countries to scale-up treatment and control programs. In the last ten years, 43 countries all over the world reduced their malaria cases by 50%; these include 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have slashed malaria cases and deaths by more than 50%. In 2010, more than 229 million artemisinin-based combination treatments (ACTs) were procured worldwide, up from only 2.1 million ACTs in 2003. While celebrating these achievements, the resolution continues to call for an increase in committed resources for malaria, at a time when the GMAP is still facing a more than $3 billion dollar funding gap annually.
View UN Resolution A/65/L.70 [in English] [in French]
"SMS for Life" rolled-out nationwide in the United Republic of Tanzania
Improving access to essential malaria treatments on World Malaria Day
18 April 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - In commemoration of World Malaria Day 2011 (25 April), organizations in an innovative publicprivate initiative announce the nationwide roll-out of a unique malaria treatment access initiative, "SMS for Life", across the United Republic of Tanzania. The roll-out follows a successful pilot project where mobile and electronic mapping technology was used to track the stock levels of anti-malarial drugs at health facilities to manage supplies of these essential treatments.
Rear Joint RBM Press Release [in English] [in French]
Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group Meeting
18 April 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The RBM Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group (MPWG) meets in Geneva from 18-20 April 2011 to address malaria in pregnancy in low transmission settings. The meeting will review existing programmatic experiences, highlight best practices and identify operational challenges and opportunities for scaling up malaria in pregnancy interventions.
More info on Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group
Oslo Malaria Conference Calls on Governments to Build Momentum Towards Zero Target
12 April 2011, Oslo, NORWAY : - More than two hundred malaria experts and Government officials convene in the Norwegian capital Tuesday to advise policy makers how to move towards the target of zero malaria deaths by 2015.
View joint press release [in English] [in French]
Oslo Malaria Conference site
Executive Director of Global Fund briefs Member States in New York
7 April, New York, USA: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership hosted a briefing with Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at the UN in New York on 7 April. UN Member States and agencies were briefed on the results and impact of Global Fund work, recent challenges and the implementation of new financial safeguards. Prof. Kazatchkine also presented a reform agenda and strategies to enhance the Global Fund's effectiveness in the years ahead. In a Q&A period following the presentation, Member States made note of the good results and transparency of the Global Fund.
10th Harmonization Working Group (HWG) meeting
31 March - 1 April 2011, Nairobi, KENYA : - The RBM Harmonization Working Group convened its 10th meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The objectives of the meeting were to review RBM mechanisms, 2011 workplans and progress to-date; to review and streamline processes for enhanced coordination between the HWG and other RBM mechanisms; to consult with partners on the types of support that the HWG can provide to facilitate their work and to identify key issues and partnership priorities post 2011.
More info on Harmonization Working Group
African Union Ministerial Dinner on Health Financing
27 March, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA : - Coinciding with the 'Fourth Joint African Union Commission and UNECA Conference of Ministers of Finance', RBM Partners convened a Ministerial Dinner on Health Financing in Addis Ababa on 27 March 2011 to encourage African Ministers of Finance to sustain public health as a national investment priority.
Defining the roadmap for Muslim philanthropy
23-24 March, Dubai : - The 4th World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists has brought together a wide range of public and private sector leaders, scholars and philanthropists to delineate a comprehensive strategy for philanthropy that will foster social and economic development and empower young people to play a constructive role in their societies. The case of malaria was discussed as an opportunity for philanthropists to save lives and reduce poverty.
View presentation by RBM Executive Director Prof A M Coll-Seck "Malaria: progress and priorities for a disease without borders
Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates renew their support to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership
10 March 2011, Dubai, UAE : - A delegation of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Secretariat was in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a meeting with senior officials to strengthen the collaboration with RBM. Building upon the support of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to the RBM Secretariat, this visit explored potential opportunities to engage with new partners in the greater UAE.
"Women Deliver" recognizes Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen
4 March 2011 : - Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka and RBM board member Mikkel Verstergaard Frandsen have both been recognized under the "Women Deliver 100" list, which honours the top 100 people who have committed themselves to improving the lives of women and girls around the world. The list was compiled by Women Deliver, a global advocacy group, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (March 8).
More info on Women Deliver 100
RBM Delegation Visits Australia
1-4 March 2011, Australia : - A delegation from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) led by Professor Graham Brown, RBM Board Member and Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne visited Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney as part of an external relations tour in Australia. Advocating on the importance of malaria control, the delegation met with government authorities, the private sector and NGOs to discuss recent successes and upcoming challenges in malaria control and Australia's expanding international role in the fight against this preventable and treatable disease.
Australia is an important partner in the Asia-Pacific region and has seen recent achievements in their aid program in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, where malaria incidence has decreased significantly. Further, Australia hosts many scientific experts devoted to advancing malaria control efforts and an engaged public and private sector. Coinciding with the RBM visit, Nando's Australia hosted an event to celebrate the success of the United Against Malaria campaign, which has sold 55 000 bracelets in Australia to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
View G Brown on ABC Radio Australia
Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee Starts Reviewing Funding Perspectives for the GMAP
1 March 2011, Washington DC, USA : - A newly formed Roll Back Malaria Partnership's Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee, chaired by Mr Alan Court, Office of the Special Envoy for Malaria of the United Nations Secretary General, and including members from bilateral donors, civil society, malaria endemic countries, foundations, multilateral organizations, the private sector and research partners, held its first meeting on 1 March 2011, hosted by the Gates Foundation in Washington DC.
The Sub-Committee has been established by the Board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to leverage the various partners' comparative advantages and guide the development of a coordinated resource mobilization strategy in support of the second phase of implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan.
Working in synergy with other Roll Back Malaria mechanisms, the Sub-Committee will lead the review of resource needs and funding gaps, analyze different financing scenarios and provide guidance to the Partnership on the most effective way to join energies to mobilize adequate, predictable and sustainable resources for malaria control, prevention and elimination in the years ahead.
WARN core group meets to coordinate support to countries
28 February to 4 march 2011, Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO : - West Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (WARN) partners are meeting in Ouagadougou to review 2011 country support needs and to plan assistance to countries. WARN partners are also meeting with the Burkina Faso National Malaria Control Programme and the national RBM Partnership.
View WARN core group meeting agenda [in French]
Work begins on new guidance framework for behaviour change communication
17 February 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - Roll Back Malaria partners working in Behavior Change Communication (BCC), vital to improve the uptake of all malaria interventions, met yesterday in Geneva to develop BCC guidelines for countries, the Global Fund and other donor agencies. Key next steps will include the development of indicators and best practices which can inform the preparation of upcoming Global Fund proposals, as well as training sessions for consultants, the Technical Review Panel and other partners.
Roll Back Malaria thanks Scott Case of Malaria No More for his important contribution
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership wishes to acknowledge Scott Case for his dedication to fighting malaria for over four years as CEO of Malaria No More. Through its innovative programmes and advocacy work Malaria No More has helped to raise awareness of malaria, particularly in the United States. In addition to building partnerships and providing technical support, Malaria No More has distributed 2.6 million insecticide-treated nets in 13 African countries, covering over 5 million people. We wish Scott every success in his new role at the Startup America Partnership.
Alliance for Malaria Prevention partners count their success stories, discuss challenges
10-11 February 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - At a meeting organized by the Alliance for Malaria Prevention, a workstream of the Roll Back Malaria Harmonization working group, over 100 representatives from partner organizations reviewed successes and established future research priorities. Participants focused on producing a clearer definition of universal coverage and on ways to increase the coverage and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs). Discussion also covered successes in behaviour change communication, monitoring and evaluation and scaling up LLIN coverage, with participants reviewing in-depth examples from six African countries.
More info on Alliance for Malaria Prevention
View AMP Meeting Agenda
High-level consultation explores the possible removal of taxes and tariffs on malaria products
9 February 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - African Union ambassadors, Ministers of Health and representatives from 26 countries met with members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat and the Malaria Taxes and Tariffs Advocacy Project (M-TAP) to discuss progress and challenges to eliminating trade barriers on antimalarial products.
Participants examined issues related to taxes, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and explored options for their removal. M-TAP will continue the discussion through upcoming in-country workshops and will develop country-specific materials to support further advocacy on this issue.
M-TAP is a two-year evidence-gathering and policy advocacy initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
View press release [in English], [in French]
Read Consultation report
Presentations: Tariffs, Taxes and Non-tariff Barriers in Uganda,
The Harmonized System (HS)
Locally Produced commoditities by Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya
Tariffs and Taxes on Malaria Commodities in Kenya
Taxing health: on the Relevance of Tariff Revenue from Anti-malaria Commodities in selected countries
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership & Malaria Taxes + Tariffs Advocacy Project
Tax and Tariff Removal: The Experience of Angola]
Tariff Removal: Opportunities and Challenges by The Global Fund
RBM Partners meet to shape future advocacy strategies on malaria
8-9 February 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - Nearly 40 participants representing Partner organizations are meeting in Geneva, at WHO headquarters, for the Seventh RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) meeting. Consultations are focusing on the review of the MAWG 2011 Workplan, on Partners' roles and responsibilities in the effective implementation of the Workplan and on the future advocacy strategies.
More info on RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group
View 7th MAWG Meeting Agenda
Vector Control Working Group plans for 2011 at 6th annual meeting
7-9 February 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - At its largest meeting to date, 120 members of the Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) gathered to discuss current and emerging issues on global malaria vector control. Representing a range of regions, national programmes and organizations, participants reviewed progress made to date by the working group's eight workstreams. A work plan for 2011 was also established, to be coordinated with WHO's Global Malaria Programme and partners.
More info on RBM Vector Control Working Group
Sixth RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group Meeting
3-4 February 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management working group held a two-day meeting that concluded today. Participants discussed issues around forecasting and quantification, pharmacovigilance, ACT and artemisinin mapping, country bottlenecks, and the use of cell phones to prevent and monitor drug stock-outs. Updates were provided on the Global Fund Market Dynamic Committee, the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, WHO's procurement guidelines for Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and the next round of RDT testing. Important topics of discussion also included implications of insecticide resistance for procurement and supply; routine net distribution and replacement; and the role of the PSMWG for Global Fund Round 10/11 support.
More info on Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group
Photos of the 6th PSMWG Meeting
African leaders attend malaria working session at 16th African Union Summit
31 January, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA : - At a working session held during the 16th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African leaders heard that although the world is on the verge of defeating malaria, redoubled efforts are needed to "get to the finish line". Organized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the meeting brought together a range of participants, including African heads of state and the UN Secretary-General. Liberia President Ellen Sirlief Johnson was elected as Deputy Chair of ALMA, and Awards for Excellence were presented to Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
View ALMA Press Release
16th Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) meeting
30 January - 4 February 2011, Siem Reap, CAMBODIA : - The 16th MERG meeting was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The meeting focused on surveillance best practices outside the African Region and reviewed current monitoring and evaluation indicators in view of providing guidance for scale up and beyond. The visit to South East Asia included a field trip to Pailin to look at the Artemisinin resistance containment project on the Thailand-Cambodia border.
More info on MERG
Photos of the trip to Pailin
"Achieving Progress and Impact" Theme for WMD 2011
27 January 2011 : - Partners are encouraged to adopt the theme for World Malaria Day in their 2011 advocacy activities and to promulgate it as widely as possible. WMD is commemorated every year on April 25 to create awareness about an ancient disease and the devastating impact it has on the lives of more than 3 billion people.
View RBM MAWG Info Note
malERA - a research agenda for malaria eradication
26 January 2011, Barcelona, SPAIN : - The malERA Leadership Council welcomes the publication in PLoS Medicine of a new multidisciplinary research and development agenda for the eradication of malaria. This sponsored collection of 12 reviews comprises three reflective pieces and nine research and development agendas.
View: Joint Statement of the malERA Leadership Council
Download: Complete Collection (3.8 MB PDF)
More info on malERA
Gender advocates meet before African Union Summit
26 January 2011, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA : - At a consultative meeting on gender mainstreaming, held in the margins of the African Union Summit, participants explored the manifold links between gender, violence, health, climate justice and the social economy. Organized by Femmes Afrique Solidarité in partnership with the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the meeting brought together more than 100 gender advocates and experts from a wide variety of sectors, who developed a common advocacy agenda to encourage African leaders to do more on gender equality.
Speakers included Mrs Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Mrs Gertrude Mongella, former President of the Pan-Africa Parliament. At the session on gender and climate change, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership was held up as a good example of partnership and coordination, with the suggestion that its successful practices be considered for replication in the area of climate justice.
More info on: 16th African Union Summit
Rethinking Malaria Leadership Forum at Harvard University
19 January 2011, Boston, USA : - Harvard University convened a Leadership Forum on "Rethinking Malaria" on 18-19 January in Boston, US. The two-day Forum brought together leaders from a variety of sectors including academia, business, government and NGOs to discuss recent successes, shortcomings and challenges in malaria control and eradication. The interactive forum drew upon the knowledge and experience of Harvard faculty, business leaders and global health experts, who collectively identified strategies aimed at removing obstacles to malaria control and eradication. Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, led a panel on how to translate global aspirations to the local level.
More info on: Leadership Forum
Urgent Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment Launched by WHO
12 January 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment released today by the World Health Organization(WHO) and Roll Back Malaria partnership (RBM) outlines the necessary actions to prevent the development and spread of drug resistant parasites. The new action plan outlines ways to contain and prevent resistance to artemisinins, which are the critical component of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), the most potent weapon in treating deadly falciparum malaria. Resistance to artemisinins has already emerged in areas on the Cambodia-Thailand border. Although ACTs are currently more than 90% efficacious around the world, quick action is essential. If these treatments fail, many countries will have nothing to fall back on.
Read WHO Press Release: [in English], [in French]
Read Global plan for artemisinin resistance containment (GPARC)
Listen to Press conference podcast
RBM country support facilitation team reviews country progress and prepares for 2011
10-14 January 2011, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The RBM Country Support Facilitation Team are meeting to review the progress achieved in 2010 by the sub-regional networks (SRNs) and to prepare the effective implementation of the SRN 2011 workplans. This involves agreeing roles and responsibilities, reviewing grant management, and strategizing on how to best support countries through discussions with funds and bilateral donors.
More info on: CARN, EARN, SARN, WARN
World Bank Credit Of USD 30 mln to Support Zambia's Malaria Booster Program
17 December 2010, Lusaka, ZAMBIA : - World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick signed a USD 30 million credit at Lusaka's Kalingalinga Township to provide additional financing for the country's efforts to overcome malaria.
View the World Bank Press Release [in English]
The Global Fund Approves USD 1.7bn in New Grants
15 December 2010, Sofia, BULGARIA : - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Board of Directors approved 79 grants with a two-year commitment of USD 1.7bn at its 22nd Board meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.
It is the tenth time the Global Fund Board approved new proposals to support programs fighting the three diseases. The total approved funding for these ten rounds is USD 21.7 billion for 150 countries since it was created in 2002.
The USD 1.7bn provides USD 574 m for malaria. The 79 proposals which were found to be of sufficient technical quality to be funded constitute a success rate of just over half of the submitted proposals.
Furthermore, the Global Fund Board decided to extend the implementation period of AMFm Phase 1 by six months. Based on the forthcoming recommendations of the AMFm Ad Hoc Committee, the Board will decide whether to expand, accelerate, modify, terminate or suspend the AMFm business line at its 24th meeting.
The Board also requested that Principal Recipients procure appropriately performing malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs).
Read the decisions of the 22nd TGF Board meeting
The Global Fund Press release [in English] [in French]
Malaria Report Shows Rapid Progress Towards International Targets
14 December 2010, Geneva / New York: - A massive scale-up in malaria control programs between 2008 and 2010 has resulted in the provision of enough insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to protect more than 578 million people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Indoor residual spraying has also protected 75 million people, or 10% of the population at risk in 2009. The World Malaria Report 2010 describes how the drive to provide access to antimalarial interventions to all those who need them, called for by the UN Secretary-General in 2008, is producing results.
View WHO World Malaria Report 2010
Statement by WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan
Statement by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Mr. Ray Chambers
Statement by the RBM Executive Director, Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Statement by the Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Andrew Mitchell
Government of Zambia Hosts the 19th RBM Board Meeting
6-8 December 2010, Lusaka, ZAMBIA : - The RBM Partnership Board is convening its 19th bi-annual meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, to address challenges around global malaria funding and emerging drug resistance. The three-day meeting, which was opened by His Excellency George Kunda, Vice President of Zambia, is being led by H.E. Kapembwa Simbao, Minister of Health of Zambia. More than 150 experts representing the seven RBM constituency groups are participating in the gathering which is being held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in the Zambian Capital from 6-8 December 2010.
View Provisional Agenda
RBM Harmonization Working Group 9th Meeting
2-3 December 2010, Livingstone, ZAMBIA : - The 9th HWG represents the final opportunity in 2010 to review country implementation progress against the 2010 universal coverage roadmaps. Although quite a few countries have achieved the 2010 universal coverage targets for at least one intervention, other countries will continue to need support to reach the targets in 2011 and beyond. Countries will still need assistance to maintain universal coverage and re-orient their programmes in order to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Given the changing environment at the global and country levels, 2010 represents an important reflection point for the HWG to review how it can best support countries going forward to meet the new challenges.
View Draft Agenda
Launch of the RBM Progress & Impact Series reports in Nigeria
2 December 2010, Lagos, NIGERIA : - Friends Africa hosted a successful launch of the Roll Back Malaria Progress and Impact Series reports at the Eko Hotel. The reports were launched by the Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The event was attended by members of the media, important Nigerian governmental, and non-governmental organizations including the Nigeria Malaria Control Program, Nigerian Youth Assembly and Association for Reproductive and Family Health.
More info on the launch on the Friends Africa site
More info on The Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Awarded by the Roll back Malaria Partnership and the UN
30 November 2010, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations in South Africa co-hosted a special evening event last night in Sandton in recognition of Yvonne Chaka Chaka for her work as RBM Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for those affected by malaria.
On behalf of RBM Partners, Her Excellency Mrs. Nompumelelo Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa and Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, together with representatives from UN agencies and the Global Fund to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, presented a special award to Yvonne.
Professor Agostinho Zacarias, UN Resident Coordinator for South Africa and The Minister of Women, Children & Disability, Ms. Lulu Cingwane talked about the importance of MDGs and women and children's health to the 400 guests in attendance, including Ms. Zanile Mbeki, Former First Lady of South Africa. Dr Tiny Mhinga, Yvonne's husband and their children spoke of how proud they were of her commitment and example to help those without a voice.
The evening event featured the screening of the social documentary The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women which documents the challenges women and girls face in Africa. "Yvonne, you are an inspiration. Your voice and leadership have contributed to put malaria, a once neglected health issue in the international spotlight and on the global health and development agenda" said Professor Coll-Seck. Yvonne thanked her family and many of her friends and renewed her commitment to the work of RBM Partners.
WHO calls on malaria-endemic countries to strengthen monitoring of antimalarial drug efficacy
18 November, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - WHO is calling on countries to be increasingly vigilant in monitoring antimalarial drug efficacy in order to allow for early detection of artemisinin resistance. This is one among several conclusions of the Global report on antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance: 2000–2010, released by WHO. The report is based on 1100 studies conducted by national malaria control programs and research institutes over the ten-year period.
The report estimates that only 34% of malaria-endemic countries are complying with WHO recommendations to routinely monitor the efficacy of first- and second-line antimalarial medicines.
Download the Report [in English]
View WHO Press Release
View Q&A on antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance [November 2010]
Mathematical Modelling report released at ASTMH meeting
6 November, Atlanta, USA: - Mathematical modelling to support malaria control and elimination, the fifth report in the RBM Progress & Impact series, was released on Sunday, November 6th, at the 59th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in Atlanta, USA. The report was presented by lead author Nakul Chitnis (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute) during the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda Symposium, which focused on defining key knowledge gaps and tools needed in order to achieve the ultimate goal of malaria eradication.
The report introduces mathematical modelling to the malaria community and public health decision-makers, and expands the dialogue on priority decision-making and when and how modelling can help. During his presentation, Dr. Chitnis discussed how key data obtained from mathematical modelling is being used to understand disease dynamics, devise control strategies, and inform policy development in the fight against malaria.
Download the Report [in English] [in French]
Senegal Achieves Significant Results in Malaria Control
4 November 2010, Dakar, SENEGAL : - Senegal's malaria control efforts have enabled the country to significantly reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality, according to Focus on Senegal, a report released today by the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) as part of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Progress and Impact series.
Senegal's health minister, the Honourable Modou Diagne Fada, summarized the results as follows: "Senegal's northern areas could be malaria-free in the next few years. Indeed, some districts have already achieved this impressive goal, with less than one case of malaria per thousand people at risk. This is the first time that our country has achieved a level of malaria control that put malaria elimination within reach."
"This improvement puts Senegal on par with Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, who have also significantly alleviated the burden of malaria. The experience of these countries shows that strong political will, adequate and predictable funding, programmatic action based on scientific evidence, and a well-coordinated multi-sectoral effort are the key factors of success" said Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, during a press conference held in Dakar.
View RBM Press Release [in English] [in French]
Download the Report [in English] [in French]
PAHO Celebrates Fourth Annual Malaria Day in the Americas, Recognizes Malaria Champions
On November 4, PAHO celebrates Malaria Day in the Americas with a forum – "Counting Malaria Out: Promoting Best Practices and Collaboration" – and confers recognition on the three finalists for the "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2010" Award.
10th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP 2010)
3-7 November 2010, Accra, GHANA The International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP) held its 10th Annual Meeting in Accra, Ghana from 3rd to 7th November, 2010 under the theme "Pharmacovigilance in the Global Village". The meeting was aimed to examine pharmacovigilance practices across the globe with a view to sharing best practices, highlighting common challenges and developing broad principles for dealing with them.
View the report
Canadian Parliamentarians support fight against Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis and call for continued commitment
November 3, Ottawa, Canada : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership co-hosted an event on the health MDGs with the Parliamentary Caucuses for Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis with UNICEF Canada in Ottawa. RBM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka presented her social documentary "A Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women" followed by a panel discussion on the health MDGs. The co-chairs of the parliamentary caucuses representing the three diseases and panel speakers expressed their shared commitment to partnership and urged the Canadian government to continue commitment to MDG 6, particularly malaria. The event was attended by members of parliament, government agencies, NGOs, academia, the private sector, community and press.
View higher resolution photo
RBM Partners meet to review global advocacy strategy on malaria
28 October, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA : - More than 50 Partners representing 29 different organizations convene in the Ethiopian Capital for the Sixth RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) meeting. Consultations will focus on the development of a global malaria advocacy strategy and on outreach efforts in developing countries.
West Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (WARN) annual review and planning meeting
25-29 October 2010, Accra, GHANA : - The WARN annual review and planning meeting is taking place in Accra Ghana from 25-29 October 2010. The meeting will bring together representatives of the 16 west African countries and partners to review progress against the 2010 Universal Coverage Roadmaps and develop new roadmaps for 2011.
5th International Conference on Artemisinin
14 October, Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR : - The 5th international conference on artemisinin, which was held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, ended today. This conference, with the theme "Artemisinin, medicine for the future" brought together artemisinin producers from China, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, as well as producers of artemisinin-based drugs which are prequalified by the World Health Organization.
The participants, all having a stake in artemisinin production, acknowledged and enjoyed the climate of growing confidence. More than in previous years, artemisinin extractors and API and ACT producers shared key information they had previously considered confidential, thereby helping to increase artemisinin market intelligence and ACT market stability.
United Nations General Assembly Debate on Malaria Confirms Need for Continued Commitment to Malaria Control
14 October, New York, USA : - The General Assembly, the U.N.’s main decision-making organ, held a joint debate on malaria and the development of Africa today.
Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th General Assembly, opened the debate. He said, "the achievement of the goals of the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) has an impact on almost all the Millennium Development Goals. The issue is critical: every year, almost 1 million people fall victim to malaria, mainly in Africa, and this is simply unacceptable".
Several delegates highlighted the success of malaria control efforts in their countries, while stressing the need to scale up efforts to eliminate this preventable and treatable disease. Donor countries were urged to continue to promote Africa’s human and economic development, and deliver on their promises.
The President of the General Assembly also championed this message. He added: "It is important to support the efforts of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which are good examples of partnership and coordination".
Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates Germany for its commitment to support R&D for diseases of poverty
10-13 October, Berlin, GERMANY : - At the World Health Summit held in Berlin this week, Dr Helge Braun, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, announced Germany's decision to fund a research and development initiative for neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases such as malaria, meningitis and diarrhea, which kill millions of children in developing countries every year. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds this commitment. Investing in the development and delivery of new, appropriate health tools for the poor is key to ending the neglect of neglected diseases and meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
View presentation of Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Central Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (CARN) meets in Kinshasa
11-15 October, Kinshasa, DRC : - Participants from 8 Central African countries and Regional Partners are attending the CARN annual review and planning meeting from 11-15 October 2010 in Kinshasa, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). The objectives of the meeting are to review progress against the 2010 Universal Coverage country roadmaps and to develop new roadmaps for 2011.
More info on CARN
More info on 8th CARN Meeting
Kigali hosts East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) meeting
4-8 October 2010, KIgali, RWANDA : - More than 120 regional participants in the fight against Malaria met in Kigali to review and plan for measures on strengthening Malaria surveillance in high and low burden countries, review progress and plan for 2011-2015.
View Meeting recommendations
More info on EARN
More info on 11th EARN Meeting
Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes US$ 11.7 billion commitment to the Global Fund, but calls for greater efforts
6 October, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes the commitments announced at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s replenishment conference in New York yesterday, but urges donors to fill the funding gap and save millions more lives.
More than 40 countries, faith-based organizations, foundations and corporations promised over US$ 11.7 for the next three years to fund health programmes for the three diseases. While these pledges are a testimony to the Global Fund's effectiveness in alleviating the burden of disease in developing countries, a funding shortfall of US$ 8.3 billion still remains, which, unless corrected, will result in millions of preventable deaths.
View The Global Fund Press Release
RBM Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) Meeting
4-5 October, Geneva, Switzerland : - The Roll Back Malaria vector control working group met to review challenges and experiences in scaling up vector control methods and to shape the scope of their work.
Workshop on Procurement and Supply Management for Malaria Products
28-30 September, Accra, Ghana : - More than 80 participants from 20 African countries met in Accra for a 3-day joint Global Fund/RBM workshop on implementation bottlenecks. Ministers of Health, National Malaria Control Programme Managers, pharmacists and procurement officers met in peer-review groups to share experiences and lessons learned on procurement and supply management processes. The country-to-country peer-review format proved to be extremely effective: participants left the workshop having acquired critical knowledge that will help them improve the impact and reach of their national malaria control programmes.
More info on PSMWG
Second Malaria Vaccines for the World Conference
28-30 September, Washington DC, USA : - Experts gathered in Washington DC on Tuesday to attend the Second Malaria Vaccines for the World Conference, where RTS,S, a promising vaccine against malaria's deadliest strain, was a major focus. Joe Cohen, a GlaxosmithKline researcher who co-invented RTS,S, said that advanced trials of the RTS,S vaccine are going "very well", and that the data from these trials will be available in 2012. He also added that the implementation of the vaccine in Africa could be delayed if funding for a wide-scale launch is not available once the vaccine has successfully completed testing.
Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes new pledges for Millennium Development Goals
Disproving expectations that the global financial crisis would erode commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), leaders attending the United Nations MDG Summit in New York last week announced new money and new strategies to reduce world poverty, hunger, and disease by 2015.
Canada, France, Japan and Norway announced major increases in their financial support to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2011-2013.
At an event gathering heads of state and other high-level decision makers, the UN Secretary-General launched The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which attracted 40 billion $US in pledges. "You can count on the United States and the Obama administration for the success of this initiative," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.
At a special MDG side-event entitled Bridging the Malaria Gap, the UK announced that spending on malaria would increase to reach 500 million GBP per year by 2014.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds these efforts, and expects firm commitments from all stakeholders, particularly donors. Delivering on these promises will help millions of people break the vicious cycle of poverty and disease, and will represent significant progress towards a more secure and just world.
Partnership Workplan Review meeting
22-24 September, Geneva, Switzerland : - A three day meeting is being held in Geneva to update and revise the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership Workplan. Twenty-five participants from all working groups, the Sub Regional Networks and the Secretariat are meeting to identify outputs that will support malaria control partners in achieving GMAP targets on universal coverage and elimination. Special attention will also be paid to enhancing means of communications within the partnership by informing the Knowledge Management Strategy development undertaken by a RBM Board Subcommittee. The meeting is being chaired by the UNDP board member, Sabine Beckmann.
United Nations Summit on Millennium Development Goals
20-22 September, New York, USA: - Although the world possesses the resources and know-how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), gaps remain in the technical, financial and political support secured so far to reach these goals. With only five years left until the 2015 target date to reduce global poverty, hunger, and disease, world leaders are gathering at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20-22 September to agree on, and commit to, concrete steps to ensure success.
Malaria advocates are playing a key role at the Summit. Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), Mr Ray Chambers, the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, Senegalese singer Mr Youssou N'Dour, and other RBM partners are participating in high-level events to convey the message that investing in malaria control is a cost-effective solution for reaching six of the eight Millennium Development Goals.
Also attending the Summit is Yvonne Chaka Chaka, RBM Goodwill Ambassador, who will show her movie, The Motherland Tour - a journey of African women, to an eminent group of First Ladies, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Chief Executive Officers, Ambassadors, heads of agencies, journalists, and other high-level decision-makers.
The Motherland Tour highlights the challenges and successes in maternal and child health on the African continent, and demonstrates how the empowerment of women is at the heart of the development goals, particularly the ones focused on poverty, health, and education. More important, Ms. Chaka Chaka, once an anti-apartheid activist, has been using the film screenings to call donor countries to replenish the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and to help redress global inequities.
Yesterday, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his decision to provide 1.4 billion US$ to the Global Fund for 2011-2013. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat applauds this pledge, and urges world leaders to follow his example.
The United Nations MDG Summit is only one stop on Yvonne Chaka Chaka's whirlwind advocacy tour, which will take her to Accra, Addis Ababa, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, Kigali, Kinshasa, London, Los Angeles, Lusaka, Paris, and Washington D.C.
More info on MDGs Summit
View The Global Fund Press Release
Annual malaria review and planning meeting for Southern African countries
13-18 September, Zanzibar, Tanzania : - Countries in the RBM Southern African subregion held their Annual review and planning meeting in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Participants shared experiences and best practices, reviewed the impact of their national malaria programmes, and finalized their national malaria action plans for 2011 - 2012.
View Meeting's concept note
Exclusive screening of Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Social Documentary
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 September 2010 : - Over one hundred special guests, including ambassadors and other dignitaries, attended an exclusive screening of the new film by RBM Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, in Geneva. The event was hosted by Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM with the support of Michel Kazatchzine, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS; Jorge Bermudez, Executive Secretary, UNITAID, and colleagues from the GAVI Alliance and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Following the screening of the film on maternal and child health in Africa, Yvonne hosted an interactive discussion with the audience on the key issues for improving maternal and child health in Africa, including the need to focus attention on the three main diseases of malaria, TB and AIDS and the replenishment of the Global Fund. The event was hosted in the week before the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York , a critical event when decisions will be taken which may well determine if the MDGs can be achieved.
New Report shows investment in malaria prevention paying off: hundreds of thousands of children's lives saved
Washington DC, 14 September 2010 : - A new report confirms that the current global investment in malaria control is saving lives and that further increases in funding will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health. Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals – authored by Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, WHO and PATH and published today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)– reveals that the lives of almost three quarters of a million children in 34 African countries are estimated to have been saved in the past 10 years, through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy.
The report estimates that an additional 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 if the world continues to increase investment in tackling the disease.
Download the Report: [in English] [in French]
View Web Annexes: [in English only]
View LiST tool description (RBM Toolbox): [in English] [in French]
View Report Flyer: [in English] [in French]
View Technical Summary: [in English] [in French]
View Press release: [in English] [in French]
RBM meetings at the Sixtieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
30 August 2010, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea : - At the Sixtieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, Mr Kapembwa Simbao, RBM Board Chair and Minister of Health of Zambia convened with 10 African Health Ministers, members of the RBM Board to debrief the decisions recently taken by the RBM Board and follow-up on a Ministerial commitment to ban oral monotherapies.
At a separate side event, Dr Richard N. Kamwi, Minister of Health of Namibia and RBM Board member facilitated a discussion on progress of the Elimination 8 initiative, launched in 2009.
Benin pushes ahead with malaria control activities
26 August 2010, Cotonou, Benin : - A week-long, nationwide malaria awareness-raising campaign was launched by the Health Minister of Benin at the Frendship Stadium at Cotonou. Supported and attended by government and municipal authorities, technical partners, NGOs and international organizations, this initaitive seeks to draw attention to the importance of this health issue and to encourage Benin's at risk populations to actively seek and use prevention and treatment commodities and services.
Roll Back Malaria Partners in the UK highlight progress on malaria on World Mosquito Day
20 August 2010, London, UK : - On World Mosquito Day, RBM partner Malaria No More (MNM) spotlights UK’s lasting legacy and leadership in the fight to end malaria deaths.
World Mosquito Day was created on 20th August 1897 to mark a ground-breaking discovery made by Sir Ronald Ross, a British doctor working in India who first attributed malaria transmission to female mosquitoes. Dr. Ross went on to become the first British national to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for medicine in 1902.
View MNM's film about British leadership in malaria research and development
DFID launches consultations on malaria
12 August 2010 : - As part of its efforts to help reduce malaria in the developing world, the UK Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) has just launched a 12-week expert consultation on reducing malaria in the developing world. The consultation will gather the views, opinions and experiences of experts and activists around the world to help generate an accurate picture of outstanding challenges and existing solutions in different countries. The information received through the consultation process will be used to build DIFID's action plan by the end of the year.
Between 2008 and 2009, DFID spent more than £150 million on malaria. Half of this funding was channeled through bilateral country programmes. Eighty percent of the bilateral aid was focused on Africa.
The consultation will run until 25 October 2010. To participate in the consultation, please take a survey or provide specific feedback by email
H.E. Simbao, Goodwill Amb. Chaka Chaka Call Upon African Leaders at AU Summit
28 July 2010, Kampala, Uganda : - The Ugandan capital was the host city of the 15th Assembly of the African Union that saw 37 Presidents and Heads of State come together to discuss and assess progress on addressing the challenges facing the continent.
The summit's theme of ''Maternal, Infant and Child Health'' acted as a unifying element for all delegates, irrespective of which country or organization they originated from.
RBM's Board Chair H.E. Kapwemba Simbao, Minister of Health of Zambia, attended the summit and stressed the critical link between the malaria response and maternal and child health.
In his remarks to the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), H.E. Simbao expressed his support to the ‘Actions for Accelerated Achievement of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Development in Africa’, a series of actions adopted by the AU to ensure achievement of the health MDGs 4, 5 and 6 by 2015.
H.E. Simbao also suggested to further strengthen the ties between ALMA and RBM and to liaise closely with the Chair of the ALMA Board.
Renowned singer and RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka called upon Presidents to muster the political will needed to move beyond declarations and commitments to implement tangible progress on all diseases.
"You are presidents because of those women and those children. Those are the people who put you in power," Chaka Chaka declared. "Africa has been released from the shackles of slavery, and we have our freedom. And what does freedom mean? Freedom means health, education, water, sanitation. Health is an investment," Chaka Chaka reminded the presidents.
AU Social Affairs Commissioner Bience Gawanas pleaded with heads of states to find the resources to bring Africa up to par with the rest of the world in caring for its mothers and young children.
"You are once again called upon to show that Africa can also provide quality service to the women and children of Africa. We have got a collective responsibility and we have to involve all our stakeholders also to take responsibility for the lives of women and children," Gawanas said.
Read the Call from Global Health Organisations
Read the Op/Ed by Presidents Museveni and Kikwete
RBM's Central African Network Steps Up Its Control Efforts
13-15 July 2010, Yaoundé, Cameroon : - A dozen Partners of the Central African RBM Network (CARN) gathered in the Cameroon Capital to address the effectiveness of their control interventions across endemic areas of Africa.
View meeting report [in French]
Parliamentarians Join Mali Prime Minister and RBM partners to Take Action against Malaria
13-15 July 2010, Bamako, Mali : - Chaired by the Prime Minister of Mali, Modibo Sidibe, an International Malaria Forum for Parliamentarians from West and Central Africa was held in Bamako from 13 to 15 July 2010.
Participants from twenty West and Central African countries and a dozen international institutions from Europe and the United States discussed progress in the fight against malaria and ways to galvanise further action to ensure strong results in countries. The forum, organized jointly by the National Assembly of Mali and "The VOICES of Mali," and supported by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Islamic Development Bank and others gathered malaria experts and advocates who will encourage and assist Parliamentarians to play a leading role in sustaining malaria control in the region.
Key speakers from the RBM Partnership, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the World Health Organisation, the Red Cross, the Academy for Educational Development, the Lutheran World Relief and other civil society and private sector partners discussed ways to increase national funding for health, remove taxes and tariffs from malaria commodities and ban ineffective medicines and artemisinin monotherapies.
View press release
RBM tackles parasite resistance to antimalarial drugs
6 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - 45 representatives of diverse RBM partner organisations gather in Geneva for a two-day meeting to discuss solutions to the problem of emerging resistance to antimalarial drugs as part of the annual meeting of the RBM Case Management Working Group.
View Agenda and List of Participants of the Fourth Meeting of the RBM Partnership Case Management Working Group (CMWG)
More info on CMWG
Commemorating 50th Anniversary of The WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES)
24 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - WHO commemorates 50 years of its Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES), established with the approval of the World Health Assembly in 1960. The programme serves as a reference for setting norms and standards for public health pesticides and their life-cycle management.
View WHO DG's speech
50 Years of global leadership prospectus
More info on WHOPES
RBM Mock TRP
22 June 2010 : -The Mock Technical Review Panel (TRP) proposal workshop is scheduled for 29th June -1st July 2010 in Dakar, Senegal. The mock TRP will allow for a comprehensive proposal review by recognized experts, as well as a peer review by colleagues from different countries.
View Workshop Draft Agenda [in English] [in French]
World Cup, a Win for All. Score against Malaria
11 June 2010 : - Like much of the world, Africa is mad about football. But in this year's World Cup in South Africa, there is more than glittering trophies at stake. Winning the game in Africa is about winning the fight against malaria.
YOU TOO CAN PLAY THE GAME
Find out how
African Ambassadors' event in Geneva
4 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - Roll Back Malaria Partnership Goodwill Ambassador and African singing sensation, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, was guest of honour at the African Ambassadors' Spouses Group charity gala in Geneva on Friday, 4 June. The annual event, attended by ambassadors and their wives from countries across the whole African continent, was dedicated to raising funds to combat malaria in Africa. Ms Chaka Chaka used the opportunity during her performance to ask the ambassadors for the continued commitment from their countries to tackling malaria, one of the key determinants for success of the Millennium Development Goals.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Congratulated on UNDP MDG Envoy for Africa award
4 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - At the African Ambassadors' Spouses Group dinner in Geneva, Dr Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, thanked Ms Chaka Chaka for her contribution to the evening and congratulated her on her recent award from the UNDP as a UN MDG Envoy for Africa. The MDG Envoy title was given in recognition of her tireless support to promote the achievement of the MDGs, including her work advocating for malaria prevention and control. Ms Chaka Chaka, who celebrates 25 years in the music business this year, is also one of eight African musicians chosen to perform the UN campaign song 'Eight Goals for Africa'. The song will be screened throughout the World Cup across tournament venues in South Africa.
Read UNDP News Release
RBM kicks off a two-month media partnership with Radio France Internationale (RFI)
31 May 2010, Paris, France: - A radio programme, featuring public service announcements (PSAs) on malaria, will be broadcast by RFI and other media channels during the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
Produced in collaboration with the United Against Malaria campaign (UAM), the PSAs include interviews with leading African footballers, such as Mamadou Niang, Stéphane Mbia and Jordan Ayew, all lending their support to the fight against malaria.
The media partnership between RBM and RFI is spearheaded by Prof. Awa Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director. Prof. Coll-Seck was featured in a one-hour live broadcast and blog on the RFI website on 31 May.
Visit the new malaria pages on the RFI website
View spotlight on malaria with Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Follow Internet dialogue with Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck
UN Special Envoy for Malaria addresses the World Health Assembly
18 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - Ray Chambers, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria, addressed the Sixty-third World Health Assembly today to honour the commitments endemic and donor countries made to the rapid scale-up of malaria-control interventions in 2009, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Chambers assured the Assembly that the UN Secretary-General's goal of universal access will be met as far as the delivery of nets is concerned.
Read the transcript
See the video (20 min)
Yvonne Chaka Chaka named as UN MDG envoy for Africa
14 May, Pretoria, South Africa: - The United Nations Development Programme awarded certificates of acknowledgement to the artists who recorded the MDG Song ‘8 Goals for Africa’ at a public ceremony, held at the Alexandra Township Stadium on May 14th 2010. The certificates, carrying the title of "UN MDG Envoy," were handed out to Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mingus, and the Soweto Gospel Choir for their role in supporting progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
View UNDP MDG News
Joint Ministerial Dinner in Geneva
14 May, Geneva, Switzerland: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership and United Against Malaria hosted a joint Ministerial Dinner in Geneva on 14th May. The evening celebrated the success of the UAM campaign across Africa and explored its sustainability beyond the World Cup in July. Ministers of Health from 17 African nations joined the dinner and watched highlights of the campaign, including public service announcements with well-known footballers committed to the fight against malaria. The campaigns demonstrated what can be achieved at country level through a working relationship between ministries of health, the private sector, national football federations, malaria control programmes and development partners.
Joseph Antoine-Bell, a three-times member of Cameroon's World Cup squad, acted as a Master of Ceremonies of the event and talked about his personal involvement in the UAM campaign.
The Board of the RBM Partnership Convenes for its 18th Meeting
12 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - The 18th Board of the RBM Partnership convened today to provide leadership around the issue of ACT resistance and to review the 2010-11 Partnership Work Plan. More than 40 ministers and senior officials from malaria-endemic countries will be expected to join the Board meeting's special session for African Union Health Ministers on May 14.
More info on RBM Board
View/download Day 1 presentations [PDF 1.2M]
Day 2 presentations [PDF 3.35M]
Day 3 presentations [PDF 1.8M]
RBM Harmonisation Working Group Meeting
10-11 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - Partners gathered in Geneva for the semi-annual meeting of the RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG) to address the achievement of universal coverage targets and country roadmaps.
View Meeting Agenda
RBM Board: Results for NGO Constituencies elections (2 year mandate starting on May 2010)
Northern NGO Constituency
Dr Halima Mwenesi from Academy for Educational Development (AED) is elected as RBM Board Member
Mrs Rima Shretta from Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is elected as RBM Board Alternate
Southern NGO Constituency
Dr Akudo Anyanwu from Friends of the Global Fund Africa is elected as RBM Board Member
Dr Esther Tallah from Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria (CCAM) is elected as RBM Board Alternate
More info on RBM Board
East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) Meeting
3-7 May, Entebbe, Uganda: East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) brought together teams from 11 countries, who shared their experience in program reviewing and planning.
View Draft agenda
Tanzania Leads 2010 World Malaria Day Commemoration in Africa
22 April 2010 : - President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete hosted commemorations of World Malaria Day in Africa on April 25 in Dar Es Salaam. Together with representatives from WHO and the RBM Partnership he acknowledged the urgency in meeting critical milestones in the fight against malaria in order to eliminate and eventually eradicate the disease on the continent.
View WHO Tanzania Newsletter
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World Malaria Day - A Day to Act
25 April is a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world. This year's World Malaria Day marks a critical moment in time. The international malaria community has less than a year to meet the 2010 targets of delivering effective and affordable protection and treatment to all people at risk of malaria, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
"SMS for Life" pilot increases availability of malaria treatments threefold at participating health facilities
21 April 2010 Geneva/New York: - In a report presented this week to the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership unveiled the results of the "SMS for Life" pilot in Tanzania. The project used mobile and electronic mapping technology to track and manage the delivery and stock levels of antimalarial drugs to health facilities in rural locations. At the start, 25% of all health facilities did not have any artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in stock, but by the end, 95% had at least one ACT dosage form in stock. In addition, 888,000 people in the three pilot districts had access to all malaria treatments at the close of the pilot, versus 264,000 people at the start, which helped to reduce the number of deaths from malaria.
View/download: the Summary Report
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On World Malaria Day 2010, Africa charts progress in counting malaria out – but major efforts still needed to reach global targets
19 April 2010, New York, USA: - The World Malaria Day 2010: Africa Update, is being launched today in New York by UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. The second in a series of RBM Progress & Impact reports, the update highlights that progress in Africa is on an upward and accelerated trajectory – with the period from 2004 to 2009 showing a 10-fold increase in global malaria funding from external sources to nearly $1.8 billion in 2009, a five-fold increase in global production of insecticide-treated nets to 150 million, and over a 30-fold increase in ACT procurement to 160 million.
View/ download the report [in English] [in French]
View RBM/UNICEF/MACEPA Press release in English, in French
RBM takes the fight against malaria to Canada's Parliament
16 April 2010 Ottawa, Canada: - Addressing Members of Canada's Parliament and Senators today, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, RBM Special Representative, Prof. Awa-Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership and Dr. Robert Newman, Director of the Global Malaria Programme of the World Health Organization highlighted recent progress in global malaria control efforts.
Dr. Coll-Seck made the case for sustaining political support for malaria control in Africa and globally by emphasizing the contributions that malaria control can make to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in particular those related to reducing child and maternal mortality. HRH Princess Astrid urged Canada's leaders to include malaria in the agenda of the next G8 Summit, which will take place in June. The Summit will be hosted by Canada and will focus on maternal and child health.
RBM Strategy Meeting in West Africa
12-16 April 2010, Bamako, Mali: - National control programme managers and partners in the West Africa Regional Network (WARN) gathered today for a five-day meeting to review progress against country roadmaps, as well as discuss development of new strategic national plans for 2011 to 2015.
More info on WARN
Partners Gather in Cameroon for their 2010 CARN Meeting
6-10 April 2010 Douala, Cameroon: - National Malaria Control Program managers of the eight countries representing the Central Africa RBM Network (CARN) meet in Douala, Cameroon to consult on their strategic plans towards achieving the 2015 malaria goals. Partners also review the current status of the implementation of the RBM Roadmaps.
More info on CARN
RBM Board elections in Lao
24 March 2010, Luan Prabang: - At the 14th Board meeting of the Asian Collaborative Training (ACT) Network for Malaria Prof. Huang Jiefu, Vice Minister of Health of the Peoples Republic of China was elected Board Member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership for 2 years, as from the next RBM Board meeting. The assembly of 11 ACT Malaria countries elected Thailand as Alternate Board with a 2-year mandate.
More info on the RBM Board
Roll Back Malaria report confirms aid for malaria is working but predictable long-term funding is essential to achieve Millennium Development Goals
18 March 2010, Paris/London - A new report from the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership confirms that current investment in malaria control is saving lives and providing far-reaching benefits for countries. But it warns that without sustained and predictable funding, the significant contribution of malaria control toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) could be reversed.
Malaria Funding and Resource Utilization is the first in a new series of reports launched by the RBM Partnership to benchmark progress towards RBM targets and the Millennium Development Goals. The report, authored by WHO, UNICEF and PATH and published today, shows that external funding for malaria control by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, World Bank, and the US Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) totalled almost US$4.6 billion between 2003 and 2009. Since 2003 the Global Fund has provided two-thirds of all malaria control financing. By the end of 2009, the Global Fund had approved more than 200 proposals for funding from 81 countries and 6 multi-country grants, supporting programs that distributed 104 million mosquito nets and treated 108 million cases of malaria in accordance with national treatment guidelines.
View Press release in English, in French
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More info on Country Funding and Resource Utilization Report [in English] [in French]
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RBM Board member elected at IGAD Health Ministers Meeting
18 March 2010, Nairobi, Kenya - Sudan's Minister of Health, Tabita Sokaya, was elected as an Alternate member of the RBM Partnership Board at a meeting of the Health Ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). At present, Minister Beth Mugo of Kenya represents IGAD as RBM Board member.
More info on the RBM Board
RBM Launches First Edition of its Progress & Impact Report Series
11 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - The RBM Progress & Impact Series is a collection of comprehensive reports benchmarking progress towards the RBM 2010 goals. It represents a strategic effort to secure increased commitment to malaria control among donor and endemic countries. The series is being developed through 2011 and will aggregate and analyse data on malaria burden, new tools and strategies. The first edition of the RBM Progress & Impact Series will be launched simultaneously in Paris and London on March 18, 2010.
Invitation to Paris launch
Invitation London launch
Details about the RBM Progress & Impact Series
WHO releases new malaria guidelines for treatment and procurement of medicines
9 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidelines for the treatment of malaria, and the first ever guidance on procuring safe and efficacious anti-malarial medicines.
WHO press release
Guidelines for the treatment of malaria: second edition
Questions and Answers
Good procurement practices for artemisinin-based antimalarial medicines
Global Fund report says malaria deaths can drop by 2015
8 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - Malaria may be eliminated as a public health problem within a decade in most countries where it is endemic, revealed the Global Fund's 2010 Results Report that was released today. These projections are based on the assumption that current rate of scaling up of health investments will be maintained and further accelerated.
View Global Fund press release
remarks by the RBM partnership
The Global Fund 2010: Innovation and Impact, Results Summary 2010
"Malaria - Blood, Sweat and Tears": Photo Exhibition at UN New York for World Malaria Day 2010
Photographs of Adam Nadel depicting the impact of malaria and progress made against the disease will be exhibited from March 15th to May 5th at the UN Head Quarters in New York. The exhibition was produced by Malaria Consortium with support from Vestergaard Frandsen, both members of the Roll Back Malaria Parrtnership, to mark a milestone year in which many countries will assess their progress in fighting malaria and scaling up existing interventions.
RBM partners plan for progress towards the 2010 malaria targets
18 - 25 February 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa - Malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa and beyond and their international partners gathered in Johannesburg to plan and coordinate action towards implementing the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership work plan. In three workshops, organised by the RBM Partnership Sub-regional Network for Southern Africa (SARN), WHO and MACEPA, participants addressed key issues around planning malaria program performance reviews, updating current national strategic plans, monitoring country roadmaps and preparing for high-level reporting on achievements in malaria control over the past decade.
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Ten Countries Prepare for Malaria Elimination in Asia Pacific
17-19 February 2010, Kandy, Sri Lanka - The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) met for its second annual meeting from 17-19 February 2010 in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to adopt its new governance structure and 2010 work plan. APMEN is composed of ten countries that have established national strategies to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific region. Its main activities are focused on closing knowledge gaps through joint research efforts that address the elimination agenda, primarily for P. Vivax. Participants at the meeting, including from multilateral organizations, agreed that cross border control efforts and community engagement are key drivers to ensuring sustainable malaria elimination interventions.
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Private Sector and PMI Join Forces, Strengthen Angola’s Capacity to Control Mosquitoes
15 February 2010, Luanda, Angola - Top global companies and the President's Malaria Initiative are working with the Government of Angola on an intensive technical training program to arm the country's malaria fighters with state-of-the-art mosquito surveillance and vector control techniques.
By aiding the sharing of these comprehensive technical skills and best practices in mosquito monitoring and evaluation, as well as providing training on how to use the latest malaria control products, the private sector will help Angola, which reported more than 3.1 million cases of malaria in 2009, move more quickly toward reducing the disease's deadly impact.
Read GBC Press Release [in English]
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FIFA shoulders RBM and the United Against Malaria Campaign in the run-up to the Football World Cup
10 February 2010, Zurich, Switzerland - In an open letter to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), the President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Mr. Joseph Blatter, applauded RBM efforts to galvanize worldwide commitment to the global fight against malaria through football.
The United Against Malaria Initiative, supported by RBM, has united football stars, NGOs, foundations, governments, corporations and civil society to step up efforts to reach the 2010 target of providing universal access to mosquito nets, malaria diagnosis and effective medicine in countries at risk and help reduce deaths to near zero by 2015.
Paris accueille la campagne "Unis contre le Paludisme"
11 February 2010, Paris , France - MM. Roger Milla et Roger Zaba, légendes du football africain, ont présenté la campagne 'Unis Contre le Paludisme' à une conférence de presse le 11 février 2010 à Paris.
Cette nouvelle campagne a été initiée par VOICES et autres partenaires RBM pour sensibiliser l'opinion publique à l'occasion de la coupe du monde de football 2010 en Afrique.
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Abu Dhabi Grants US$ 25 million to Global Malaria Partnership
9 February 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - The Government of Abu Dhabi announced today a grant of US$25 million, over five years, to support the work of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Specifically to scale-up malaria control worldwide and contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.
Read RBM Press Release [in English], [in French]
RBM Partners Meet to Define the Way Forward in Malaria Vector Control
8-9 February 2010, Basel, Switzerland - More than 60 RBM Partners met in Basel for the Fifth Vector Control Working Group (VCWG-WIN) meeting to discuss the current and emerging issues for 2010 and 2011 in vector control. Intense discussions set the scene for the newly created workstreams to move the vector control agenda forward.
Read provisional agenda
Partners meet to set 2010 global malaria advocacy agenda
8 February 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - More than 40 RBM Partners met in Geneva for the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) to assess key international advocacy opportunities in 2010. Participants focussed on RBM Workplan targets and deliverables and tailored malaria messages to target audiences in recipient and donor countries.
Read provisional agenda
More than 2 billion people at risk of P.Vivax malaria in 2009
9-31 January 2010, Shanghai, PR China - Scientists from 11 countries, members of the Asia and Pacific Region P.Vivax knowledge-sharing network, gathered today to work on a common operational agenda for research and development policy to improve the effectiveness of control interventions against malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax.
Convened by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, CDC, China PR & National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, the meeting called attention to the increasing frequency and severity of P.vivax malaria worldwide.
Controlling and eliminating P.Vivax malaria is one of the biggest challenges for achieving the ambitious targets, outlined in the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). Global estimates of morbidity related to P.Vivax malaria infection and relapse ranges between 70-80 million cases annually. The direct economic impact of P.Vivax malaria is significant as the disease affects adult, economically active populations in some of the world largest economies.
While important gains are being made in controlling the life-threatening P.falciparum malaria, research and development for P.Vivax control and elimination has been neglected for many decades.
To help advance research on P.Vivax in the Asia-Pacific Region, the RBM Partnership Secretariat highlighted two important RBM frameworks for research development at today's scientific meeting - the overall research agenda, outlined in the GMAP and the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA).
Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) Meeting
27 January 2010, Cuernavaca, Mexico - The RBM Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group held its 14th meeting to review progress made over the last 6 months and plan for the preparation and release of a series of reports on recent achievements and outstanding challenges in malaria control. Mexico and Brazil shared their experience with fighting malaria in the Americas.
Read provisional agenda
Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSMWG) Meeting
20 January 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - Representatives from more than 40 partner organisations and endemic countries gathered today for the 5th PSM Working Group meeting of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Discussions focused on challenges and next steps in scaling up malaria commodities to reach the 2010 targets and achieving the RBM Partnership 2010-2011 Work Plan targets. Representatives of other RBM Working Groups also joined the meeting to ensure better coordination among the Partnership's different mechanisms.
United Against Malaria Celebrates African Cup of Nations
Partners Gather in Angola to Highlight Football’s Fight against Malaria and Launch United Against Malaria Public Service Announcements
7 January 2010, Luanda, Angola - As the country prepares to kick off the African Cup of Nations later this week, partners and supporters of the United Against Malaria campaign joined together in Luanda to launch several television spots, featuring an array of pan-African football stars, and United Against Malaria youth ambassador Charles Ssali.
Read UAM Press release in English
View the PSAs in English, French and Portugese
Events archive: 2009
Below, you can find RBM Partnership and RBM Partners 2009 events that have been archived from the home page. For detailed information on featured events, please reference the monthly RBM e-update, to the right. Older events can be found on the right-hand toolbar Calendar of Events under their respective year.
Let's keep the momentum!
22 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland - On the eve of the festive season, the RBM Executive Director marks the progress achieved in 2009 and calls for intensified action to meet the 2010 targets for providing universal access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Read full statement
Malaria progress report shows that development aid for health is working
15 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland - Significant progress has been made in delivering life saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).
View WHO Press release
Read/download the World Malaria Report 2009 from the WHO web site
RBM and China plan intensified collaboration in global malaria control
11 December 2009, Beijing China - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and China's Ministry of Health have announced today plans to closely collaborate on implementing in Asia and Africa the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) for malaria control and elimination. A high-level delegation from the Ministry of Health in China met with RBM's Executive Director today to discuss ways to expand existing synergies.
View RBM News Release
UNICEF and partners praise new UN resolution on malaria, focus on next steps
New York, USA, 9 December 2009 - At a reception held at UNICEF headquarters in New York, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro as well as key members of the RBM Partnership praised a new Resolution on the global malaria response that was adpted by the UN General Assembly.
View UNICEF Press Release
UN Adopts New Malaria Resolution, Urges Action on 2010 Targets
New York, 7 December 2009 - The RBM Partnership welcomes the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/64/L.28 "2001-2010: a decade to roll back malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa" whose draft was adopted by consensus on December 7, 2009.
The resolution urges the international community, together with United Nations agencies and private organizations and foundations, to support the implementation of the RBM Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). The GMAP is the first comprehensive blueprint for global malaria control and elimination.
"In adopting this draft resolution, UN member states have reaffirmed their commitment to tackle this disease and achieve the 2010 and 2015 malaria targets," said Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Partnership. "Malaria affects 3.3 billion people, half of the world population, and kills nearly 1 million per year. Most of those deaths can be avoided with the right mix of prevention and treatment," Prof Coll-Seck added.
In the resolution, UN member states call upon endemic and donor countries to strengthen national policies and to step up funding for anti-malaria programmes.
View A/64/L.28 Resolution
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Global Malaria Talks on 2010 Targets Set to Begin in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, 1 December 2009 - More than seventy malaria experts gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 3 to 5 December for the 17th Roll Back Malaria Board Meeting, including government delegates, representatives from business and industry, civil society organisations and research institutions.
The three-day gathering is an important mark in the global consultations on an ambitious and effective international response to malaria.
View Draft Agenda of The 17th RBM Partnership Board Meeting
SADC Commemorations Cite Public-Private Partnership RBM for Regional Success
13 November 2009 - This years' SADC Malaria Day (Friday 13th November) was commemorated in Ezuluini, Swaziland with high level attendance of 14 Health Ministers from the region, together with their respective malaria control programmes, including those of the military.
Notable speeches from MOH Seychelles Marie-Pierre Lloyd, stressed the importance of the public-private partnership embodied by RBM and attributed the good malaria control results achieved in the region to the effectiveness of the South African Sub-Regional Network (SARN).
Hon Minister Lloyd specifically acknowledged the success of those countries in their efforts to reach elimination, and championed all SADC countries for securing sufficient resources to reach Universal Coverage by 2010. The Global Fund Round 9 announcement made the previous week, confirmed successful proposals for Malawi and Mozambique. SADC Health Ministers adopted 2010-2011 SARN work- plan for the region.
A Campaign to Score Against Malaria Spotlighted in Brussels
Brussels, 16 November 2009 - Leaders from international organisations and EU institutions gathered in Brussels today to draw attention to the United Against Malaria Campaign in the run up to the World Cup in South Africa. High-profile figures including HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; Isabelle Durant, Vice President, European Parliament; Corinne de Permentier, Vice President, Belgium Parliament; Charles Michel, Belgium Minister for Development Cooperation and Karel De Gucht from the European Commissioner for Development have shown their unanimous support for the campaign.
View video clip from RTL web site
Visit UAM web site
UN Deputy Chief Hails United Against Malaria Campaign
New York, 12 November 2009 - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today welcomed the roll-out of the United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign at UN Headquarters in New York. The campaign aims at catalyzing football fans to build government support for the 2010 RBM malaria target of universal access to mosquito nets and malaria medicine. Launched early November in Ethiopia, UAM is being introduced to government officials in capitals around the world. It also echoes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call upon the international community to achieve MDG 6 that requires a near elimination of all malaria deaths by 2015.
Visit UAM web site
Global Fund approves US$2.4 billion in new grants
Addis Ababa, 12 November 2009 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Board of Directors has approved 17 out of 31 Malaria proposals, a total of US$ 609 million over 2 years and up to US$1.3 billion over 5 years.
Partners in the RBM Harmonization Working Group and other RBM mechanisms supported countries during the application process. Ten out of twelve Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria proposals were also approved in Round 9 which will improve access to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) - the most effective treatments today for malaria.
"Countries should continue be encouraged by this result. Substantial resources are being made available to help countries achieve impact against malaria. We are delighted with this announcement and will work even harder to support those countries who did not benefit from this Round. The Global Fund continues to be the greatest financier of malaria control and has taken on new and important initiatives, such as the AMFm, which will boost access to life saving drugs", said Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM Partnership.
View The Global Fund Press Release
100 million people more to be protected with LLINs to reach universal coverage
Geneva 05 November 2009 - Information from The Global Fund indicates that a total of US$ 336.1 million were recently disbursed for the purchase of 50.4 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) to procure to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
With technical assistance from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership at country level, the new Global Fund disbursements will help expand net coverage in five malaria-endemic countries, whose cumulative at-risk population is estimated at nearly 300 million people.
View The Global Fund Press Release
RBM Harmonisation Working Group Meeting
Nairobi, Kenya 29-30 October 2009 - RBM partners gathered in Nairobi 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
World's Largest Malaria Conference Opens with Research Aimed at Eradication
Nairobi, Kenya 1 November 2009 - 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
MIM Conference website
Discuss the conference on the Civil society World Malaria Day website
More MIM presentations
Global Fund grant helps put bednets in every home in Nigeria
Geneva, 23 October 2009 - The 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
"United Against Malaria": using football to fight malaria
Zurich, 18 October 2009 - RBM revealed today 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 this November but 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
MMV receives $115 million from Gates Foundation
Geneva, 19 October 2009 - MMV 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
Call for Nomination: RBM Southern NGO constituency
The RBM Partnership Secretariat issues a call for participation in the Southern NGO Constituency Support delegation for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board
Geneva, 15 October 2009 - 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: email@example.com
View Call for Nomination
RBM publishes endemic country roadmaps to reaching universal coverage in Africa
Geneva, 12 October 2009 - 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
Monitoring and Evaluation Workshops Organized by UNDP
Geneva, 30 September - 7 October 2009 - Two 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 specifically, the workshops focused on M & E principles and requirements of the Global Fund, M & E tools, and harmonization and alignment to national plans.
At the end of the workshops, country teams identified three priority areas to be strengthened and developed a one year time-bound, results-based, country specific follow-up plan by disease for M & E systems strengthening (MESS). Each country delegation also set one target to be reached in six months. UNDP will follow up on progress.
The evaluations for these workshops were very positive and the role of the GFATM M & E team, GFATM fund portfolio managers, and technical partners (Stop TB, Roll Back Malaria, UNAIDS and WHO) in assisting to formulate the agenda and facilitating many of the sessions was instrumental to the success of the trainings. A collection of resource documents stemming were compiled by the RBM partnership and the Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG). Staff from the WHO Global Malaria programme from the African sub-regions attended the workshops to provide technical support to the respective country delegations particularly in the country-specific MESS planning. They also facilitated a clinic on the new M&E toolkit on Malaria and the new surveillance guidelines.
SMS for Life initiative is launched in Tanzania
25 September 2009, UR Tanzania - "SMS for Life" Project Partners, Novartis, Vodafone, IBM and the Tanzanian National Malaria Control Program meet in Tanzania this week to launch RBM's latest initiative.
The SMS for life initiative is a new 'public-private' project that harness everyday technology to eliminate stock-outs and improve access to essential medicines in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the next 5 weeks more than 150 health workers from the three pilot districts of Lindi Rural, Ulanga and Kigoma Rural will be trained on how to use this new technology.
The overall goal of this project is to make sure that all malaria patients have easy access to the life saving antimalarials, (ACTs - Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies) and Quinine Injectables, when they need them.
If successful, this project could have far reaching beneficial implications for existing health systems. Stock outs of any number of essential health commodities could be eliminated and, for the first time ever, there would be visibility, timely tracking and improved management of supplies and prompt delivery to communities where they are needed most.
Global health partners gather in New York to honour the Global Fund
22 September 2009, New York, USA - A crowd of more than 200 people including high-level government representatives from dozens of countries and heads of UN Agencies gathered at a reception here tonight to celebrate the millions of lives saved though the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The reception was hosted by the the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), the Stop TB Partnership, UNAIDS and UNITAID.
The assembled dignitaries were greeted by fashion icon and public health advocate Christy Turlington Burns; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund and Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, songstress and public health advocate. Ms Chaka Chaka also treated the guests to a song, delivered a capella.
RBM was represented by the Executive Directort Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Stop TB was represented by Dr Lee Reichman, leading champion in the global fight against tuberculosis, on behalf of Executive Secretary Dr Marcos Espinal. UNAIDS and UNITAD were represented respectively by, Executive Director Dr Michel Sidibe and Executive Secretary Dr Jorge Bermudez. Dr Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund was in attendance; as were Dr Jorge Sampaio, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Stop TB; and Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria.
The event took place amid the flurry of activity related to the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly this week.
African Heads of State unite to ensure UN malaria milestones are met
22 September 2009, New York, USA -African Heads of State and Government gathered for a landmark event at the United Nations on September 23 to commit their personal prestige and leadership to a campaign of historic ambition: to eliminate nearly all deaths from malaria on their continent by 2015. At the September 23 event, they launched the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) to provide a mechanism for achieving their goal.
View ALMA Press Release
Intermittent Preventive Treatment with Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine Reduces Malaria Episodes in Infants by 30%
17 September 2009, Barcelona, Spain - The Lancet today published results from a meta-analysis which finds Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in Infants (IPTi) with anti-malarial medication sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) has a protective efficacy of 30% (95% Confidence Intervals 19·8–39·4, p<0·0001) against clinical malaria, in areas of low to moderate resistance to SP during the first year of life.
"The evidence is very impressive and this adds another vital life-saving tool to the fight against malaria," commented Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We expect the impact of IPTi to contribute significantly to supporting global efforts to achieve universal coverage with all malaria interventions and help us realize our 2010 targets of reducing mortality from malaria by 50%."
View Lancet article
View IPTi Consortium Press Release
RBM Board reviews findings of an independent evaluation
14 September 2009, Annecy, France - Board members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) gathered for a two-day-long retreat to review findings of an independent evaluation of the RBM Partnership performance over a 4-year period (2004-2008). The report assessed the effectiveness of the Partnership's current architecture and made recommendations for strengthening specific Partnership's structures to reach the ambitious 2010 and 2015 malaria targets. The report, endorsed by the Board, will be publicly availalable by September 30. The report's recommendations will be reflected in the decision points submitted to the next RBM Board, whose next meeting is scheduled for 4 to 5 December 2009.
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View RBM Independent Evaluation - Final Report [in English] [in French]
AMP Logistics Training
7-10 September 2009, Nairobi, Kenya - The Alliance for Malaria Prevention conducted a four-day workshop on mass mosquito net campaign logistics September 7-10 in Nairobi, Kenya. As African countries prepare to scale up nets by the millions to meet the 2010 goal of universal net coverage, partners recognize the importance of providing a forum where individuals engaged in planning and implementing distributions can enhance their logistics skills and share best practices. 40 logisticians representing over 20 African countries completed the training funded by Malaria No More and MACEPA.
View AMP Logistics Training Workshop materials on MNM website
Malaria control contributes to reduction in child mortality
10 September 2009 - The trend is attributed to successful programmes to immunize children, provide them with vitamin A supplements and the wide distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets – a key factor in the fight against malaria.
UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008. The data shows a 28 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate, from 90 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990, to 65 deaths per 1000 live births in 2008. According to these estimates, the absolute number of child deaths in 2008 declined to an estimated 8.8 million from 12.5 million in 1990, the base line year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
"Compared to 1990, 10,000 fewer children are dying every day," said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. "While progress is being made, it is unacceptable that each year 8.8 million children die before their fifth birthday."
View UNICEF Press release
New study highlights AMFm pilot results in Tanzania
2 September 2009 - The Public Library of Science ONE today published the outcomes of a pilot study on an ACT Subsidy undertaken by the Clinton Foundation in Tanzania. The final results demonstrate that a subsidy introduced at the top of the private sector supply chain can lead to lower end user prices for and increased uptake of ACTs for malaria treatment. After one year, the proportion of consumers purchasing ACT rose from 1% to 44% and the average price paid for the drugs fell to $0.58, equivalent to the most common alternatives. These results also highlight several issues that will need to be tackled as this approach is taken to scale, notably the challenge on ensuring consistent availability of drugs in remote areas.
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Endemic countries in Central Africa hold RBM Board elections
1 September 2009, Kigali, Rwanda - At an RBM side event during the 59th WHO Regional Committee for Africa, malaria-endemic countries from Central Africa elected Angola as an RBM Board member and the DRC an Alternate Board Member for a period of 2 years.
Chaired by Cameroon, outgoing RBM Board member for Central Africa, the RBM meeting collected inputs from Angola, Burundi, Cameroun, Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Guinea Equatorial, Sao Tomé et Principe on challenges related to achieving the 2010 malaria targets. The eight Central African countries discussed the RBM Partnership structure, objectives and key products, as well as the RBM Board member's role and responsibilities.
African Health Ministers adopted a resolution reaffirming commitment to accelerating control efforts and eliminating malaria in the Africa.
Central African States Gear Up to Reach Universal Coverage by 2010
24 August 2009, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Ten Central African states gathered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to fine-tune their joint strategy for accelerating malaria control in the region. Participants attending the meeting reviewed progress made in 2009 and identified the key areas where assistance will be needed to reach RBM's 2010 universal coverage target. Co-organized by WHO and the RBM's Central African Network (CARN), more than fifty representatives from governments, multilateral and research organizations, the private sector and the donor community participated in the conference.
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List of Participants
High level RBM Partners assess malaria best practices in East Africa
17 August 2009, Dar Es Salaam, UR Tanzania - Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Luis G. Sambo, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Mr. Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Malaria, and Dr. Tachi Yamada, President of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, arrived in Tanzania on 16th August 2009 to make an assessment and experience the best practices in malaria control, to better understand the challenges in sustaining the gains in malaria control and to further advocate for more technical and financial support and lastly to assess the progress made in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Tanzania is considered to be one of the countries with significant reductions in malaria disease and deaths.
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Report for the EARN/UN special Envoy office Joint Mission to Uganda & Kenya 10-13 August 2009
RBM Board meets on independent external evaluation
12 August 2009, Geneva, Switzerland - The Board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will convene from 14 to 15 September 2009 to review the assessment of the Partnership's on-going external independent evaluation. The evaluation focuses on RBM's efficiency, governance mechanisms and capacity for impact over the next five years on the implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan.
Countries in West Africa to develop a roadmap for reaching the 2010 malaria targets
3-7 August 2009, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Malaria control programme managers from 16 West African malaria-endemic countries and RBM supporting partners met this week to review country programme implementation and develop the roadmap for achieving the 2010 targets. The outputs of this meeting will feed into the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership Workplan.
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RBM at Women's Forum on malaria in Western Africa
29-31 July 2009, Dakar, Senegal - At the 5th edition of the Annual Regional Women's forum, dedicated to achieving the health-related MDGs in West Africa, RBM highlighted the contribution that malaria control activities make to improving maternal and children health. Four eminent African personalities, including Prof. Awa-Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, received a prize for their contributions to African development (Mr Malamine KONE, PDG Airness; Mr Bola Ahamed TINUBU, Senator Nigeria; Mr Mamadou Makhtar GUEYE, Directeur de l'Intégration - Point Focal ECOWAS). The meeting was organized by the West African Women Association.
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ECOWAS ministerial meeting spotlights malaria control
23-24 July, 2009, Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire - African Health Ministers highlighted key results in the global fight against malaria and pledged to sustain focus and increase financing for malaria control activities at the annual Assembly of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Reiterating their commitment to ending malaria, the ECOWAS Health Ministers issued an appeal to the international community to step up efforts to control, eliminate and eventually eradicate malaria. A presentation on the results achieved by the RBM Subregional Network (WARN) was delivered by the RBM WARN focal point.
An RBM election, chaired by Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM's Executive Director, was held as a side event to the ECOWAS Assembly. Mali and Liberia were elected as members of the RBM Board and Niger and Ghana as Alternate Board members.
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RBM spotlights malaria at a high-level reception in New York
21 July, New York City, USA - Keeping malaria high on the global agenda was the theme that gathered diplomats, journalists and representatives of RBM partner organizations at a high-level reception, hosted by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat and the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ).
The evening's guest of honor, African singer and RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, gave a short opening performance and urged high-ranking officials to step up efforts to combat a disease that continues to burden health systems and communities in Africa.
"I work to make the world hear the collective voice of the million people who die needlessly of malaria each year," she told journalists following her recent performance at the Nelson Mandela Concert in New York City.
"Malaria is a global health problem and journalists are an important part of the solution," said Gary Anthony Ramsey, President of NYABJ. "They are the bridge between African countries that lose $ 12 billion to malaria each year and those who have the power to change the course of things."
"Our goal at RBM is to help countries implement the Global Malaria Action Plan and reach the 2010 and 2015 malaria targets," explained Hervé Verhoosel from the RBM Secretariat. "Reaching these targets will help deliver broad health and development gains in Africa."
RBM partners support a SADC communication strategy for malaria
10-12 July, 2009 Windhoek, Namibia - 20 malaria control programme managers and advocacy officers from 14 countries from the South African Development Community (SADC) gathered today to share experiences and review best practices in advocacy and behaviour change communication for effective malaria control. Organised by MACEPA, this workshop is a first step towards developing a SADC strategy for advocacy and communication.
As more protective bednets, effective drugs and preventive treatment for pregnant women reach endemic countries through concerted partnership efforts, targeted communication is needed to increase correct use and keep malaria high on the political agenda of the region.
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US President Barrack Obama: A New Moment of Promise in Africa
11 July, 2009 - On his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, US President Barack Obama highlighted his pledge of $63 billion to fight diseases. He reiterated: Across Africa, we see examples of people tackling these problems. In Nigeria, an interfaith effort of Christians and Muslims has set an example of cooperation to confront malaria...
Read "We will fight neglected tropical disease" – Partial Transcript from WHO website
Countries develop roadmap towards achieving Universal Coverage in 2010
9 July, 2009 Windhoek, Namibia - With a little more than 17 months remaining to achieve the 2010 Universal Coverage targets, participants from 21 East and Southern African countries malaria control programmes (Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) attended the meeting to review country programme implementation and develop the roadmap towards achieving the 2010 targets. The outputs of the meeting will inform the development of the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership Workplan.
New Africa Malaria Leadership Initiative announced at the G8
9 July, 2009 - At a critical moment in the global campaign against malaria, the G8's reaffirmation of its commitment to fighting the disease adds greatly appreciated momentum to our collective efforts...
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RBM urges action against malaria at the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council
6 July, 2009 Geneva, Switzerland - Improving global health is the focus of this year's high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) ongoing at the United Nations this week.
At a session called Partnerships in health - lessons from multi-stakeholder initiatives today Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, spoke about the economic value of partnership in malaria control and urged support for disease-specific health partnerships as a way of generating broad health and development gains and making progress on the MGDs.
Other speakers on the panel included Dr Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS; Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Special Advisor on Innovative Financing for Development and Chair of the Board of UNITAID; Dr Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Dr Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership; and Dr Natalia Imbruglia, Spokesperson for the Campaign to End Fistula.
Read Dr Coll-Seck's address
Draft ministerial declaration of the 2009 high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council, submitted by the President of the Council
More info from ECOSOC website
RBM puts spotlight on Malaria and Women's Health at G8 Parliamentarians Briefing
22-23 June 2009, Rome, Italy - A high-level G8 conference gathered over 60 parliamentarians to discuss how to make gains in women's health issues in times of economic crisis. Organised by Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Action Aid Italy, German Foundation for World Population and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, the conference tackled a wide range of reproductive health issues.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat described how malaria control interventions contribute to improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality.
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More info on malaria and G8 from EAAM
RBM's Advocacy Working Group Gathers for its Second Annual Meeting 2009
Geneva, 18 June - The RBM Advocacy Working Group gathers for its second bi-annual meeting from 18-19 June 2009 in Geneva to agree on priority activities and outputs for the second half of the year. Participants from 24 different Partner organizations will advance partner coordination around national, regional and global level advocacy efforts.
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WHO appoints new director of Global Malaria Programme
Geneva, 17 June - Dr Robert Newman has been appointed as the new Director of the Global Malaria Programme (GMP) and will join the team on July 17, 2009. Dr Newman was recently Deputy Chief for Science and Chief of the Program Implementation Unit in the Malaria Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What Role for the EU in Achieving GMAP Objectives?
Stakeholder Meeting on 17 June in Geneva - Malaria has been integrated into the European development agenda since 2005. With more than 50 percent of all contributions to the GFATM, the EU is the largest international donor in tackling this disease. To align the EU policy response to malaria, EAAM convenes a stakeholder conference to address the role the EU can play in advancing the implementation of the GMAP.
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RBM and the Global Fund review country plans to expand access to effective antimalarials
10 June 2009, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: - Representatives from malaria-endemic countries gathered in Tanzania today to discuss their plans for implementing the Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria (AMFm), an innovative financing mechanism designed to expand access to the most effective treatment for malaria, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs).
Countries participating in the AMFm's phase one will familiarize themselves with the proposed technical framework and distribution of roles and responsibilities and provide feedback on possible improvements and needs for technical support. The workshop is jointly convened by the Global Fund and the RBM's Harmonization Working Group (HWG) and Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG).
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AMFm Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Key Messages,
AMFm Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Agenda
Civil society website tells the story of fighting child malaria in Africa
8 June 2009: - In the run-up to the Day of the African Child (June 16), civil society organizations across the world share valuable resources on protecting and treating children in Africa from malaria.
To mark the Day of the African Child, SHARE your news releases, plans, success stories and interesting research and resources on children and malaria in Africa.
Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria: 2009 Annual Conference
Join leaders from the private sector, foundations, multilateral agencies, NGOs, as well as top global health and development officials from the Obama Administration at GBC's Annual Conference: Business Action on Global Health. Network with potential funding and project partners. Connect big-picture strategies, cost-sharing opportunities and front-line approaches that yield the biggest impact for health. Get answers on how to turn today's opportunities and knowledge into life-saving action.
The March of Washingtons Distributes $30,000 for Antimalarial Drugs in Uganda
Washington, D.C., 28 May 2009: - The March of Washingtons – the first broad-based campaign to increase access to high-quality antimalarial drugs in Africa has just made its first donation. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have been delivered to Soft Power Health's clinic in Uganda - recognized as having the highest malaria transmission in the world and currently facing a severe shortage of antimalarial drugs.
View AFM Press Release
Using Football Fever to Beat Malaria Fever
MOH Ministers Commit to New Campaign
Geneva, 14 May 2009: - At the close of the Roll Back Malaria Board Meeting last weeek over 20 Health Ministers were introduced to the exciting United Against Malaria campaign and the football fever caught on ! Both the Malian and Ghanaian Health Ministers challenged each other to bring their respective national teams to the June 6th qualifying game and declare their commitment to the campaign "opponents on the field: united against malaria".
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The Board of the RBM Partnership convenes for its 16th meeting
Geneva, 14 May 2009: - The 16th Board of the RBM Partnership convened today to review progress achieved in malaria-endemic countries to date and to address the challenges that partners presently face in their efforts to meet the 2010 targets for delivering prevention, diagnosis and treatment to all people at risk of malaria.
Nearly 50 ministers and senior officials of malaria-endemic countries joined the RBM Board meeting's special session for African Union Health Ministers to share information about national programmes and to align activities in countries with the global malaria control strategy.
View 16th RBM Board Meeting Agenda
RBM Partners gear up for meeting the 2010 malaria targets
Geneva, 13 May 2009: - Ministers and senior officials of malaria-endemic countries joined representatives of international and multilateral organisations, NGOs, academia, the private sector, donor countries and foundations for an information session in advance of the two-day 16th RBM Board meeting, which starts tomorrow.
The participants will address the challenges that endemic countries and their international partners presently face and allign efforts to meet the 2010 targets for delivering prevention, diagnosis and treatment to all people at risk of malaria.
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RBM partners harmonise efforts to accelerate progress towards universal coverage
Geneva, 11 May 2009: - More than 50 participants, representing different constituencies of the RBM Partnership gather in Geneva today for the semi-annual meeting of the RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG). The meeting provides a forum for coordination across the HWG and for information-sharing on country progress towards the 2010 target of universal coverage.
Social business to promote health in Bangladesh
Ludwigshafen, Germany – 3 May, 2009: - BASF SE and Grameen Healthcare Trust announced the establishment of a joint social business venture-BASF Grameen Ltd-to improve the health and business opportunities of the poor of Bangladesh.
BASF Grameen Ltd. will start by utilizing two products from BASF's portfolio: dietary supplement sachets containing vitamins and micronutrients, and impregnated mosquito nets that offer protection against insect-borne disease.
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RBM partners prepare malaria-endemic countries for a net scale up
Nairobi, 4 May 2009: - Representatives from 9 malaria endemic countries gathered in Nairobi today for a four-day training workshop on expanding coverage with long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). Technical Officers from National Malaria Control Programs in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Kenya, Angola, Ghana, Rwanda and Somalia received targeted training on how to improve national planning of mass net distribution campaigns.
The Nairobi workshop is the last of a series of five country workshops, organized by the Alliance for Prevention of Malaria. Earlier this year, an additional 23 endemic countries received training at workshops held in Mali, Nigeria, DRC and Zambia.
Multiple RBM partners participated in conducting and facilitating the workshop series. Training was provided through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), VOICES / John Hopkins University (JHU), Center for Communication Programs, UNICEF, Population Services International (PSI), the World Bank, Malaria No More, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Malaria Consortium, Society for Family Health, USAID, Management Sciences for Heath (MSH), World Heath Organisation (WHO), The Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) at PATH, and other RBM partners, based in countries.
View Draft Agenda, List of Participants
Organization of Islamic Conference Calls on Its Members States to Tackle Malaria
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
New guidance on Malaria Elimination launched
Geneva, Switzerland, 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.
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$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.
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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.
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.
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Consensus on best practice for use in the development of Global Fund Round 9 malaria proposals and National Strategy Applications
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium renews commitment to Roll Back Malaria until 2010
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] [en français]
Statement by Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck
The Islamic Development Bank and the Global Fund join forces in the fight against malaria and other major diseases
Tehran 08 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.
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SADC countries launch "E8" a cross-border partnership to eliminate malaria
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
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
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.
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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.
Sumitomo Chemical donates 20,000 nets to citizens of Moheli, Comoros Islands
An 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.
RBM partners meet to strengthen global advocacy on malaria
Geneva, 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.
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Prof 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.
RBM partners align efforts to scale up net distribution and use
Geneva, 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
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.
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
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.
View WEF webcast
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.
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.
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
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
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."
For the estimated 3000 children who fall victim to malaria every day and for those who survive to suffer its debilitating complications, getting access to a protective net and a dose of effective treatment, at the approximate cost of US$ 13, makes the difference between life and death and between economic opportunity and abject poverty.
Over the last decade, the US has shown strong commitment to changing people's lives around the world through record investments in improving global health. The five-year, US$1,2 billion effort to combat malaria, launched by the US President's Malaria Initiative under the guidance and leadership of Admiral Tim Ziemer, significantly expanded access to life-saving interventions, key infrastructure, and essential knowledge and know-how.
The contribution of the US government has helped endemic countries dramatically reduce deaths from malaria, thus bringing the international community closer to achieving global health and development goals.
Key actors in malaria control are now aligned behind the Global Malaria Action Plan, a universally adopted blueprint, which lays out the short , medium and long term strategies to control , eliminate and eventually eradicate malaria.
Today RBM Partners are poised to create a sweeping and lasting change in the lives of the 3 billion people at risk by providing universal access to life-saving interventions by 2010.
The new US government could champion that change and see its effects on half of the world's population in a single term of office. I am confident that President Obama's leadership will result in continuous US contributions to the global fight against malaria.
View Barack Obama: A Pledge to End Deaths from Malaria by 2015
Events archive: 2008
Below, you can find RBM Partnership and RBM Partners 2008 events that have been archived from the home page. For detailed information on featured events, please reference the monthly RBM e-update, to the right. Older events can be found on the right-hand toolbar Calendar of Events under their respective year.
UN General Assembly Adopts New Resolution on the Decade to Roll Back Malaria
New York, USA, 22 December 2008: The United Nations General Assembly met on Dec 22, 2008, to address the Decade to Roll Back Malaria for which it considered draft resolution number A/63/L.62. The text welcomes the Global Malaria Action Plan that, for the first time, provided a comprehensive strategy for combating the disease in the short, medium and long term. The plan also gives further impetus to internationally agreed targets of universal coverage of malaria interventions for all at-risk populations by 2010, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the disease.
Germany, a key player in tackling malaria, highlights Global Plan to save over 4 million lives by 2015
Berlin, Germany, 18 December 2008: At a conference organised by the European Alliance Against Malaria this week, Germany was highlighted as being a key player in maintaining focus in global health investments and subsequently meeting the Millennium Development goals.
The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) was presented by Prof Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, to a number of key policy-makers in Berlin where Germany's role in reaching the aim of defeating malaria was described as absolutely vital. The GMAP details how to accelerate action against malaria, across countries and regions, leading to elimination of the disease.
"Germany is the third biggest donor to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and is an increasingly important player on the ground in Africa tackling the disease," said Dr Coll-Seck. "Given the current economic situation, Germany’s continued political and economic leadership is absolutely vital if we are to meet our objective of reducing malaria deaths to near zero by 2015."
APPMG launches a report on improving delivery of malaria control tools
London, UK, 17 December 2008: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG) released today specific recommendations for improved delivery of malaria control prevention and treatment as part of its fourth report, entitled "Delivering Malaria Control to Those in Need: How to Succeed in a Time of Renewed Hope".
View Fourth APPMG report
Faith Community Pledges Greater Collaboration on Malaria Elimination
Washington DC, USA, 16 December 2008: More than 50 high-level leaders from the faith, international development, and public health communities came together for the Leadership Consultation on Scaling up Faith Community Impact against Malaria. This special event was hosted by the new Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) to promote greater collaboration on malaria control among diverse faith groups and congregations.
View Malaria: Scoping New Partnerships
Global Fund Partnership Forum- RBM applauded for supporting countries
Dakar, Senegal, 10 December 2008: 500 delegates representing all stakeholder groups of the Global Fund gathered at the Fund's 2008 Partnership Forum to discuss ways to improve partner coordination at national, regional and global levels. Participants commended the Roll Back Malaria Partnership for its extensive country support effort in 2008. RBM helped mobilise US$1.6 billion in grants from the Global Fund for 14 malaria-endemic countries.
More info on the Global Fund Partnership Forum
World Bank Commits US$ 1.1. billion to Combating Malaria in Africa
Abuja, Nigeria, 4 December, 2008: US$1,1 billion will go to malaria control efforts in Africa thanks to the World Bank's Malaria Booster Program. Building on prior successes, Phase II of the Booster Program will help expand bed net distribution, provide treatment to the rural poor and improve health systems in two of the highest-burden countries in Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. The World Bank will work with the Global Fund and other partners of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to implement RBM's Global Malaria Action Plan, widely endorsed by the malaria community.
View WB Press Release
More on Booster Programme Phase II
Two diseases - one response
RBM pushes for integrating malaria control in HIV interventions at a health conference
Dakar, Senegal, 2 December 2008: Seven Roll Back Malaria Partners called for integrating malaria control efforts in AIDS prevention and treatment at the International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA), a leading HIV forum.
"Integrated delivery of prevention tools is a win-win strategy for both the malaria and the HIV/AIDS communities," said Dr Thomas Teuscher, Senior Adviser at RBM. "It minimizes pressure on the existing delivery capacity in Africa, while improving use of multiple interventions by populations at risk."
Vestergaard Frandsen, one of RBM's private sector partners, presented its Care Pack, designed to provide protection from three of the world's deadliest diseases: malaria, HIV and diarrhoeal diseases. The pack, which was first introduced to community delegates during the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, contains a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednet, condoms and a water purifier. It is now being distributed in antenatal care clinics, voluntary, counseling and testing centers and net distribution campaigns.
Other RBM partners, such as Friends of the Global Fund - Africa and the African Network of People living with HIV in Central Africa advocated for integrating NGOs capacity-building and malaria control measures in future Global Fund applications for HIV/AIDS. World Vision pushed for adding a malaria control component to current community-based activities for better access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
RBM partners, including Global Advocates, Voices, The European Alliance Against Malaria (EAAM), and the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs collected substantial support for the global petition on "HIV/Malaria" launched at the 17th AIDS Conference in Mexico earlier this year. Drawing attention to the problem of co-infection with HIV/AIDS and malaria, the petition demands that insecticide-treated nets for malaria prevention become part of a health care package for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Canada supports ground-breaking malaria treatment program in sub-Saharan Africa
Washington DC, USA, 2 December 2008: Population Services International (PSI) is launching a new comprehensive project that could dramatically reduce the number of African children dying every year from malaria. The program will provide free artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) given by local community health workers to poor children suspected of having malaria. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and led by the non-profit organization PSI in collaboration with TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases supported by UNICEF, United Nations Development Program, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
Read CIDA/PSI/TDR Press Release
EU conference issues initial 'White Paper on Malaria'
Brussels, Belgium, 13-14 November 2008: The European Commission organized an international conference on Poverty-Related Diseases, focussing on 'the big three' global killer diseases: HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. The conference aimed to identify bottlenecks in research, and to clarify the role that EC-supported research can play in battling the three diseases. EU Commissioner Potocnik called for political momentum for continuing and intensifying research. The EU's Framework Programme 6 (FP6) has allocated more than EUR 450m to research and development into new drugs, vaccines and clinical investigations for poverty-related diseases. Read the White Paper on malaria prepared by the conference participants.
Commemoration of SADC Malaria Day
KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa, 14 November 2008: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) commemorated Malaria Day on 14th November, 2008 in Mamfene, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa under the theme: "Malaria, a disease without borders" and the slogan: "SADC, United against malaria". SADC Ministers of Health, WHO and other RBM Partners in the region participated in this activity.
15th RBM Board Meeting to align partners for accelerated action
New Delhi, India, 10-12 November 2008: The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board convened for its 15th biannual meeting to provide leadership and critical guidance to a potent global effort against malaria. As partners intensify their activities to implement an ambitious new plan for malaria control and elimination (Global Malaria Action Plan), sound decisions and a tight coordination of policies and initiatives are needed at global, regional and national levels to ensure that endemic countries reach the RBM 2010 targets. The decisions made at this Board meeting determine the scope of the Partnership's support to endemic countries at a time of unprecedented international commitment to reducing the burden of the disease.
View15th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board DRAFT Summary of Decision Points [in English] [en français]
View also Pre-Board and Board presentations
Y's Men International joins global fight against malaria
Geneva, 18 November 2008: The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Secretariat is pleased to announce the participation of Y's Men International in the global fight against a disease which claims one million lives each year, the majority of which are children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Read Press release
Global Fund approves Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm), USD 2.75bn in new grants
10 November 2008: Gathering at its 18th meeting in Delhi, the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved the Policy Framework and Implementation Plan set out in the AMFm Ad Hoc Committee Report. It reaffirmed its decision to host and manage the AMFm for an initial phase in a limited number of countries.
View Board Decisions
The GFATM Board also approved 94 new grants worth USD 2.75bn over two years, the largest amount in the history of the organization, well over twice the size of any previous round.
Read The Global Fund Press release
Malaria Day in the Americas
6 November 2008: In support of the world's continuing battle against malaria the Pan American Health Organization and the Center for Global Health at the George Washington University hosted the 2008 commemoration forum for Malaria Day in the Americas: Overcoming the Challenges of a Borderless Disease.
Youssou N'Dour and Gabrielle Fitzgerald Join Malaria No More Board of Directors
3 November 2008: Malaria No More announced two new members of its Board of Directors, musician and malaria activist Youssou N’Dour and Gabrielle Fitzgerald of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
RBM Harmonization Working Group Meeting
Geneva, 28-29 October 2008: The RBM Harmonisation Working Group gathered in Geneva for its bi-annual meeting to agree on priority activities and outputs for 2009 and share information on key developments and next steps.
RBM Rolls Out Malaria Management Tool
Abuja, 20 October 2008: An RBM-led team of experts has begun consultations in Nigeria to assist the country in finalizing its malaria control business plan. The team uses a new management tool, developed by the RBM Partnership and McKinsey & Co that aims to help malaria-endemic countries to manage, monitor, and report on malaria control activities at all service delivery levels.
Colloque international 'Santé et Mondialisation': 21-22 Oct à Paris
La Cité des Sciences à Paris a organisé une Nuit contre le paludisme, en collaboration avec la coalition mondiale RBM, les Amis du Fond Mondial Europe et Sanofi-Aventis. Des analyses, des témoignages, de la musique et du théâtre pour sensibiliser le grand public et combattre une maladie qui tue un enfant toutes les 30 secondes.
Voir un reportage vudéo de TV5
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
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
MDG Malaria Summit World Leaders Unite Summary Report
RBM notice on the GMAP launch
Backgrounder about the GMAP
Backgrounder about the RBM Partnership
WHO Releases World Malaria Report 2008
Geneva, 18 September 2008: - There were an estimated 247 million cases of malaria and 881 000 deaths from the disease in 2006, mostly among children in Africa, making it one of the world's leading killers. Yet the World Malaria Report – 2008 provides strong evidence that a renewed global assault on malaria, underway since the turn of the millennium, has been accelerating in the last few years. The report draws on reporting by countries, and on household surveys, to chart the global fight against malaria.
Read The World Malaria Report 2008 [4.9M]
View Press conference opening at UNOG : 20 min
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%.
View full commentary
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
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.
View the Report of "MIS Planning and Implementation" workshop for Anglophone countries - 9-12 September 2008 Lusaka, Zambia
"MIS Planning and Implementation" workshop for francophone countries - the week of 6 October 2008, Dakar
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 on keynote events in Paris and other advocacy events
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
Experts meet in Geneva to build AMFm implementation plan
Geneva, 19 August 2008: - Experts in medicine subsidies gather in Geneva to refine the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) and discuss its implementation plan. AMFm is an initiative to increase access to effective malaria treatment for people in endemic countries. By making ACTs available at a much lower price, more people will be able to afford them.
More info on Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm)
Global Soccer Stars join AYSO kids to Lead Soccer Community in Nationwide Fundraising
Effort to Fight Malaria
New York, 4 August 2008: - Soccer club FC Barcelona, FCB Foundation, Malaria No More and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) today announced the "More Than A Club: Kick it to Malaria" initiative. The focus of this global partnership is to raise funds and awareness to help fight malaria and save the lives of children in Africa.
Ministers of Health meet in Benin for ninth Ordinary Assembly of ECOWAS
Cotonou, Benin, 25-26 July 2008: - At the ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Economic Community of West African States, Ministers of Health from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Vert, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo adopted the West African Health Organization's strategic plan for 2009-2013, which makes the fight against malaria a great priority for the region. Also attending the Assembly were representatives from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, the World Health Organization, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the African Medical and Research Foundation, and many others.
Malaria advocates call for action at International AIDS talks in Mexico
The International AIDS Society is holding its XVII International AIDS Conference from Aug. 3 to 8 in Mexico City. As part of an ongoing initiative to build stronger joint HIV/AIDS and malaria platforms, advocates are gathering signatures for a global petition which demands free insecticide-treated nets for all people living with HIV in malaria endemic areas.
Sign the Petition
MDG on malaria 'unlikely to be met', Wellcome Trust says
23 July 2008: - The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria globally is unlikely to be met, according to Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow Professor Bob Snow. The statement comes in a report published in the open access journal 'PLoS Medicine'.
Read Wellcome Trust Press Release
US President George W. Bush approves increased funding for malaria
23 July 2008: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership expresses its appreciation to United States President George W. Bush for signing into law The Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008. This law authorizes increased funding for malaria to US$ 5 billion over the next five years, and represents a remarkable escalation in US financing against this disease. "In signing this important piece of legislation, President Bush demonstrates continuing and ever-greater commitment and leadership in the global fight against malaria. The availability of this funding can enable millions of people to have access to the prevention and treatment tools necessary to combat malaria" stated Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership.
RBM commends Clinton's anti-malaria drug deal
18 July 2008: - RBM applauds the Clinton Foundation for signing an agreement with six companies in China and India to lower prices of malaria treatments. Improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies is key to achieving RBM's targets for halving the malaria burden by 2010 and reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Read Clinton Foundation Press Release
RBM Partners Feed into the Plan for Global Action against Malaria
Geneva, Switzerland, 15-17 July 2008: - Over 80 RBM partners convened in Geneva today to provide final contributions to the global plan for coordinated action against malaria. The RBM plan has been developed through partnership-wide consultations with over 300 experts and will be finalised in the upcoming months. It outlines the actions needed to achieve RBM's near-term goals of 2010 and 2015 and to prepare for the elimination and the eventual eradication of the disease worldwide.
More info on GMBP
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat commends the G8 leaders' reconfirmed promises to fight disease in Africa
Toyako, Japan, 8 July 2008: - At the Group of Eight summit in Toyako, Japan, G8 leaders reiterated previous commitments to spend $US 60 billion to fight disease in Africa. In the spirit of mutual accountability, G8 leaders set a five-year deadline to make good on their pledges. They promised to work in partnership with all stakeholders to enable malaria endemic countries to cover 85% of their populations at risk with malaria-control interventions, and specifically agreed to provide 100 million insecticide-treated nets by the end of 2010 to halt the spread of this major killer disease.
Read the G8 leaders' collective declaration
Roll Back Malaria calls for G8 attention
Tokyo, 2 July, 2008: - Roll Back Malaria Partners called on Members of Parliaments from G8 countries meeting to invest in one of the top 5 most cost-effective health interventions - malaria control. Doing so, they argued, reaps tangible rewards, generating nearly US$ 20 in benefits for every invested dollar.
View RBM Press release
The EU must tackle malaria, urges EAAM
Three days before the European Council meeting from June 19-20, the European Alliance Against Malaria (EAAM) called on the EU member states to fulfill their financial commitments to achieve the health related MDGs. The Union seeked agreement on its ambitious MDG Action Plan. "Malaria is one of the great obstacles to achieve the MDGs, namely goals four and five," said Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership. She was briefing Mr. Lluis Riera, Director at the DG Development of the European Commission, in Brussels.
Read the European Alliance Against Malaria Press release
The World Economic Forum Zeros in on Malaria in Africa
Cape Town, 4-6 June: - Malaria, a disease that has been repeatedly shown to stall Africa's economic development, was the focus of three sessions at the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum on Africa. Global and regional leaders discussed how to better strengthen Africa's health systems, encourage further innovation in current malaria interventions and secure financial investment for sustained malaria control. The Zambezi expedition, a recent advocacy initiative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership was showcased as a successful model for strengthening regional cooperation on malaria control.
Read RBM Partnership Press release [in English] [en français]
View video clip shown as a part of panel discussions
More info from WEF
The Global Fund Launches Additional Funding Round in 2008
Geneva, 4 June 2008: - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced that it will launch a second call for proposals in 2008, inviting countries burdened by the three diseases to submit additional requests for funding. It will be the ninth round of funding since the Global Fund’s creation in 2002, and it is only the second time that two calls for proposals have been launched in the course of a single year.
Read the Global Fund Press Release [in English]
Leaders to Focus on Malaria at Tokyo Conference
Tokyo / Geneva, 26 May 2008: - Financing malaria control will be a commanding theme at the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), starting on May 27 in Yokohama. African leaders will address the burden of malaria within the human security segment of the 3-day conference, signaling the significance of a disease that hampers Africa's economic development.
Read the RBM Media Alert [in English] [in English] [en français]
Fighting Malaria Key to Achieving Millennium Promise ["me too" Press Release]
Marching for effective malaria drugs in Africa
19 May 2008: - "The March of Washingtons," a grassroots fundraising effort, organized by Hedge Funds vs. Malaria and Africa Fighting Malaria, is rallying support to deliver high quality malaria drugs to malaria patients in Africa. The initiative is a response to the findings of a recent study, conducted by Africa Fighting Malaria, which showed that 35% of the anti-malarial drugs sold in six major African cities were substandard and unlikely to cure the disease.
More information on the initiative
The 14th RBM Partnership Board convenes to fine-tune a strategy for accelerating malaria control worldwide
Geneva, 14-16 May 2008: - Seven constituencies, represented at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, convened for the 14th biannual RBM Board meeting, to bring consensus to the global strategy for meeting the RBM 2010 targets. The RBM Board has reviewed progress, best practices, and regional needs assessments and discussed key challenges that needed to be addressed in the short, medium and long term to achieve sustainable malaria control worldwide. Key agenda items include the Partnership's harmonized work plan for 2008, the global malaria business plan, the affordable medicines facility for malaria and the deployment of a Partnership implementation team - the Malaria Implementation Support Team (MIST).
View 14th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Summary of Decision Points
Sumitomo Chemical Announces Olyset Production Expansion in West Africa
7 May 2008: - This week in London, Sumitomo Chemical announced plans to expand the local production of Olyset nets to West Africa, through a new production facility in Nigeria. When constructed, the new factory will generate 5,000 local jobs, and by increasing the availability of bed nets in the region, will potentially save 400,000 lives over the next 5 years from malaria
More info from Sumitomo Chemical
Now let us break these walls
Statement by Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM, the global public-private partnership against malaria
25 April 2008: - "It is time to recognize that even the safest national borders cannot protect us from global threats such as malaria. It is time to break the divides between different sectors of international work and integrate our efforts at achieving the goal of covering all people at risk with malaria prevention and treatment by 2010. This goal is every bit as achievable as it is worthwhile. And it is time for us all to reach for it."
Read the full Statement
Malaria Partnership Launches "Cover The Bed Net Gap" Initiative To Protect Everyone At Risk Of Malaria In Africa
Livingstone, Zambia, 25 April 2008: - In direct response to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call for universal coverage of malaria control in Africa, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) today launches the "Cover The Bed Net Gap" initiative to rally donor countries, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and the general public to achieve the goal of universal bed net coverage by December 31, 2010.
Read the RBM Press Release
Full text of the UN Secretary-General's announcement
Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition arrives in Livingstone to international welcome on World Malaria Day
Livingstone, 25 April 2008: - Ministers of Health from Southern Africa, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Roll Back Malaria partnership executives and expedition sponsors from as far away as Japan and USA welcomed the Zambezi expedition crew as they arrived in Livingstone, Zambia to commemorate the first ever World Malaria Day.
Read RBM Press Release
View Zambezi Expedition slide show
More info: on Zambezi Expedition and World Malaria Day web site
World Malaria Day Malaria Community Statement
21 April 2008: - April 25th is World Malaria Day and also Malaria Awareness Day in the United States. In observance of this day and in recognition of the tremendous opportunities to reduce the burden that malaria imposes on the health of people worldwide, we, the Malaria Community, stand in support of the following statement.
Read Malaria Community Statement
Novartis announces 20% average reduction in price of malaria drug Coartem® to further accelerate access in malaria-endemic regions
23 April 2008 Basel, Switzerland - Novartis has announced a 20% average reduction in the price of Coartem® tablets (artemether/lumefantrine 20 mg/120 mg), the state-of-the-art artemisinin-based combination treatment (ACT) for malaria. Starting this Friday, which is World Malaria Day, this price reduction will increase access to Coartem for millions of malaria patients, especially children in low income regions of Africa.
Read Novartis Press Release
Nigeria strengthens drug safety programme focusing on ACTs
22 April 2008 Lagos, Nigeria - The Nigerian Government has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with RaPID to strengthen the country’s capacity to conduct pharmacovigilance. The initial project will focus on the safety profile of two artemisinin-combination treatments, artemether-lumefantrine and artesunate-amodiaquine, which form the foundation of the country’s malaria treatment program.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds Prime Minister Brown's commitment to donate $200 million to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa
9 April 2008 Los Angeles, USA - In a taped appearance at Idol Gives Back, a star-studded US television charity event, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced his government's pledge to contribute $200 million to provide bed nets to populations at risk for malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership commends the UK government for joining Hollywood's musical artists and the American public in sending a tremendous message of hope to the world, and calls on the rest of the donor community to commit the funds necessary to tackle malaria once and for all.
More info: Brown in £100m war on malaria
Every child deserves to sleep safe in bed at night
RBM welcomes faith-based organizations to the fight against malaria
4 April 2008 Geneva, Switzerland - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds UN Foundation's new partnership with faith-based organizations to raise $200 million for the global fight against malaria.
"We wholeheartedly support this initiative," stated Dr. Awa-Marie Coll Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We are reaching a critical point in the fight against malaria. Only 3 years separate us from our 2010 global target of covering 80% of all people at risk with adequate protection and treatment. This new partnership will mobilize funding to further accelerate coverage with much needed insecticide treated nets."
Since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, donor funding for malaria has increased from $100 million to $1 billion annually. Nevertheless, current funding covers only a third of the estimated global need. An additional $2 billion is needed every year to control malaria worldwide.
View UN Foundation Press Release
Malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa and RBM regional partners to roll out a plan on regional malaria initiatives
3 April 2008 Maputo, Mozambique - 4 malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa and RBM regional partners have begun reviewing progress of malaria control activities in the region at the 2nd annual general assembly of the Southern Africa Regional Network. The assembly united governmental agencies from the represented countries with multilateral organizations, private sector, research organizations and donors to coordinate and budget for malaria control initiatives in the region.
More info on SARN Meeting
Gates stimulates innovation in the fight against malaria and other infectious diseases
31 March 2008 - The Gates Foundation calls for proposals for the first round of Grand Challenges Explorations, a US$100 million initiative to help scientists pursue innovative ideas for solving major global health problems.
Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 30, 2008
Distinguished Prize for Malaria
Tokyo, Japan, 26 March 2008 - The Government of Japan announced today its decision to award the inaugural Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prizes to Brian Greenwood, Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, for his bold and innovative work on malaria and Miriam K. Were, co-founder and Health Specialist UZIMA Foundation, Kenya.
View the Press release
RBM welcomes US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approval of bill to increase funding against malaria
Washington DC, 13 March 2008 - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat welcomes the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approval of the "Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership on HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008". The USD 50bn in approved spending is expected to include USD 5bn to fight malaria between 2009 and 2013 via bilateral programs and the Global Fund. The US funding will address the challenges of tackling malaria in high-burden areas, and allow improvements in program monitoring and evaluation.
View US Senate bill S. 2731
Discover the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition
On 29th March 2008, the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition launches into a two months voyage to showcase successes and highlight challenges associated with the fight against one of the globe's leading infectious killers. This unparalleled endeavor is made possible thanks to the six malaria endemic countries in the Zambezi region and a public private partnership effort. Visit the dedicated Zambezi Expedition website today to learn more.
View RBM Press Release [in English] [en français]
Visit Zambezi Expedition website
The Gates Foundation Grants 200 million To Malaria Research and Control Programs
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded 13 new grants, totaling almost US $200 million, to help fight malaria. This new funding adds to the Foundation's existing portfolio of grants that support initiatives to strengthen existing malaria control programmes and to pursue a wide range of research on new strategies to prevent and treat the disease. Among these new grants:
- $42 million to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to identify ways to optimize delivery of artemisinin combination therapy
- $37 million to the Medicines for Malaria Venture to accelerate the development of effective, affordable malaria drugs
- $30 million to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to improve the control and treatment of malaria in pregnancy in Africa, Asia and Latin America
- $15 million to PATH for additional support to the Malaria Control and Evaluation Program in Africa (MACEPA)
- $9 million to the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute for research on a malaria vaccine for pregnant women
- $3 million to The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) to study ways to prevent resistance to artemisinin
The Global Fund Opens its Eighth Funding Round
Last chance to request funding to reach 2010 Abuja targets
Geneva, March 3, 2008 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today began accepting proposals for a new funding round. This year's Round 8 of proposals is the last chance for malaria-endemic countries in Africa to obtain funding for malaria control activities geared towards reaching the Abuja targets of halving the malaria burden in Africa by 2010.
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership will provide targeted support to African countries to develop their malaria proposals for Round 8, resolve funding bottlenecks and accelerate the process of channeling funds to malaria control programmes.
RBM Partnership is focusing on the countries that are most affected by the disease to help them prepare comprehensive needs assessments and business plans for scaling-up malaria control interventions. Nigeria and the DRC are targeted for rapid assistance as they suffer half of the mortality burden in Africa and are in urgent need of funding.
View The Global Fund Press Release
More info on Round 8
Non-profit and Private Companies Unite to Develop a Low-Cost Life-Saving Ingredient in Malaria Treatment
San Francisco, CA, Emeryville, CA & Paris, France, March 3, 2008 - The Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH), a US-based nonprofit pharmaceutical company, together with synthetic biology innovator Amyris Biotechnologies, and leading pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the development of semi-synthetic artemisinin, a key ingredient in first-line malaria treatments.
This collaboration aims to create a complementary source of non-seasonal, high-quality and affordable artemisinin to supplement the current botanical supply, thereby enabling millions of people infected with malaria to gain consistent access to lower-cost, life-saving artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs).
View iOWH Press Release
Partners Discuss Scaling-Up Net Delivery
Geneva, 22 February 2008 - Constituencies of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership reviewed this week results from campaigns delivering long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in malaria-endemic countries in 2007.
Presentations revealed sharp decreases in malaria cases and deaths across countries in Africa and Asia due to integrated bed net delivery - the practice of distributing protective bed nets during immunization campaigns such as measles and polio.
Reports showed that the delivery of almost 6.5 million nets during campaigns in 15 malaria-endemic countries helped avert an estimated 350,000 deaths over 3 years.
View/Download Agenda of the Meeting, List of Participants, Country Planning, Minutes of Discussions;
Meeting presentations:                       
Download zip files: [Day 1], [Day 2]
Singer Jordin Sparks raises funds to fight malaria in Africa
Accra, Ghana, 19 February 2008 - Singer and American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks joined President and Mrs. Bush during their trip to Ghana to raise awareness of the devastating effects of malaria across Africa. Sparks helped raise $17 million last year for organizations working to protect African families from the deadly disease. One of these organizations, "Malaria No More" has distributed life-saving bed nets to more than 2 million mothers and children in Uganda, Angola. Madagascar, Mali and Zambia.
President Bush praised Sparks' contribution to the fight against malaria at a press event at the US Embassy in Ghana.
"We ask our fellow citizens to contribute to this worthy cause," he said to an audience moved by Sparks' soulful rendition of the US national anthem.
View MNM Press Release
The Fourth Meeting of the RBM Harmonization Working Group
Geneva, 18-19 February 2008 - Over 30 representatives of different constituencies of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) convened today for the 4th meeting of the RBM Harmonization Working Group (HWG). The participants reviewed the progress made in 2007 and highlighted the key areas in which malaria-endemic countries would receive assistance in 2008.
Fifteen African governments will receive technical support by the RBM Partnership on preparing their Global Fund Round 8 malaria proposals in 2008. Countries, which were awarded Global Fund grants in 2007 will receive additional assistance in signing the grants and accessing the awarded funds.
The RBM Partnership will support 21 African countries to develop comprehensive needs assessments and business plans to scale-up malaria control interventions and achieve impact.
The RBM partners agreed to develop a system for identifying and clearing funding bottlenecks on country level.
The RBM Harmonisation Group convenes twice a year to exchange experiences, assess needs, detect gaps and harmonise planning towards RMB's targets for reducing the burden of malaria by 2010.
More info on the RBM Harmonization Working Group
RBM Partnership Welcomes New UN Malaria Envoy
Geneva, 14 February 2008 - Statement by Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck:
We applaud the Secretary General's announcement today of the appointment of Mr. Ray Chambers as the United Nations' Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria. Never before has the fight against malaria enjoyed such a surge of attention and support and it is only fitting that an individual with the leadership and initiative of Mr Chambers be given the important and challenging task of promoting collective action toward ending malaria deaths.
View the full text of the Statement by Executive Director of the RBM Partnership
WHO Director-General: Statement about United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for Malaria
UN Department of Public Information: Biographical Note
Arusha Olyset Factory produces 10 million nets per year
Arusha, 8 February - Vice President Dr Ali Mohammed Shein presided over the dedication of the new Olyset Net factory in Arusha, Tanzania before an audience of distinguished guests. The new factory brings Olyset, a long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN), production capacity in Arusha to 10 million nets per year. Over 3,200 jobs have been created in the venture. Roll Back Malaria Partnership Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Deputy Director Julian Fleet joined partners in welcoming this increase in capacity and the partnership that made it possible. "Long lasting insecticidal nets are a vital tool in the fight against malaria. We are delighted to see such a huge expansion of local production capacity in Tanzania and the creation of more jobs, especially for women," said Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "The transfer of this technology to Africa four years ago has reaped tremendous results and shows how innovative partnerships can produce sustainable benefits for public health."
More info fromsumitomovector.com
Read the speech of Mr Fleet, RBM Deputy Executive Director
Implementation of Indoor Residual Spraying of Insecticides
for Malaria Control in the WHO African Region
8 February 2008 - The World Health Organization for Africa released the first regional report on the current status and implementation of indoor residual spraying (IRS). The report provides a detailed overview of countries' operations and achievements in terms of population coverage and issues recommendations for sound evidence-based IRS management.
View the Report
Health and Business Leaders Announce an Ambitious Malaria Control Effort to Save over 3 Million Lives in 5 Years
Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2008 - 3.5 million lives could be spared and as much as $30 billion of annual economic output gained through a rapid scale-up of malaria prevention and treatment measures in the 30 hardest hit countries in Africa, reveals a new report released today at the World Economic Forum.
Bolstered by the findings of the report, leaders in the fight against malaria convene in Davos today to announce an accelerated 36-month effort to scale-up malaria control across sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Gupta, chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, World Bank Group president Robert B. Zoellick, UNICEF executive director Ann Veneman, and Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, executive director of the RBM Partnership will discuss a mechanism for deploying the best practices in public health and the best ideas of the private sector in the fight against malaria.
Download the press release [in English], [en français] and full report from the web site of Malaria No More.
Malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa prepare to embark on a life-saving voyage on the Zambezi River
Livingstone, Zambia, 21 January 2008 - Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe convened today to plan a life-saving expedition that will put the plight of malaria-stricken communities in the spotlight.
The 2-month expedition along the Zambezi River will raise awareness among both local communities and international donors of what is needed to fight malaria and help strengthen cross-border collaboration on malaria-related policies.
The Zambezi Expedition project, supported by 6 countries from the Southern African Development Community, has received financial backing from the nonprofit and the private sectors and will be steered by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
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Events archive: 2007
Defining and Defeating the Intolerable Burden of Malaria III: Progress and Perspectives
December 2007 - This special supplement from The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene was created to raise awareness for the continued need for funding and research to combat malaria. This collection of articles provides new knowledge and aims to strengthen the capacity of scientists and institutions to address the burden of malaria through research and development of science-based policies and interventions in the malarious countries.
View December 2007, Volume 77, 6 Supplement
Record Funding to improve the health and livelihoods of world's poorest populations
Berlin, 14 December 2007 - Donor countries today pledged a record US$ 25.1 billion for the World Bank to help overcome poverty in the world’s poorest countries. In total, the IDA15 replenishment will provide US$ 41.6 billion, an increase of US$ 9.5 billion over the previous replenishment (IDA14) which provided US$ 32.1 billion.
View The World Bank Press release [in English] [in French]
UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health Calls on All Actors to Fulfil their Human Rights Duties in the Fight against Malaria
London, 11 December 2007 - On Human Rights Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Professor Hunt, called for urgent monitoring and accountability and better coordination from all parties - developing and developed states, the international community, and the private and public actors, including pharmaceutical companies - to ensure the "Right to the highest attainable health" for all, and to fight malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that kills more than 1 million people every year.
More info from Malaria Consortium
View Paul Hunt's speech
Paul Hunt's Official Report on Uganda
International Colloquia on Malaria in the Mekong Region
Hanoi, 3-5 December 2007 - The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, in collaboration with the National Institute for Malaria Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) in Hanoi, organized its annual international colloquium in Vietnam from 3-5 December. The main objectives were to review the current malaria control situation in the Mekong region; identify remaining knowledge gaps; formulate strategies for the consolidation and extension of achievements; optimize measures to roll back forest and border malaria and examine ways to contain the spread of drug and insecticide resistance. Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, and Dr Arata Kochi, Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme gave key presentations at the meeting.
View full schedule
Malaria community applauds Clinton $1 billion a year pledge; invites other candidates to make malaria commitments
Addis Ababa, 29 November 2007 - U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today pledged to expand the U.S. government commitment to malaria to US$1 billion a year if elected, setting the goal of ending malaria-related deaths in Africa by the end of her second term. The campaign said this funding would be in addition to U.S. government support of malaria control through the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which finances the majority of malaria control efforts around the world.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [PDF version]
13th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting
Addis Ababa, 28 - 29 November 2007 - Health Ministers, heads of agencies, philanthropists, and many of the world's leading institutions in the global fight against malaria are meeting in Addis this week to endorse approaches to escalate malaria prevention, treatment and care and achieve high level coverage with malaria control over much of the African continent. Members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, representing the malaria community worldwide, will examine comprehensive proposals to bring down the price of malaria treatments and engage all partners in an ambitious global business plan to finance an intensified battle against the disease.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [PDF version]
Dr Margaret Chan: Opening remarks at the 13th Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board Meeting
World Bank Press Release
Addressing the access gap in Uganda
The Ministry of Health (Uganda) and Medicines for Malaria Venture have joined forces in an attempt to address the critical access gap to effective antimalarials in Uganda, and turn the tide of death and disability from this disease. A jointly-convened series of four workshops was held from 26 September to 2 October 2007 to plan an operational research intervention to distribute a subsidised artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) in 6 districts of Uganda.
The intervention attempts to demonstrate that universal availability of affordable ACTs will reduce mortality and morbidity from malaria in vulnerable populations in Uganda. It also aims to inform the planned Affordable Medicines Facility, malaria (AMFm) on the core set of supporting country level interventions.
View the comprehensive report of the Workshop series
Soon, nearly every family with children in Africa could have a bed net to protect against malaria
Geneva, 27 November 2007 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s largest international financier of the fight against malaria, today announced that programs it supports have so far delivered 46 million bed nets to families at risk of contracting malaria, a 155 percent increase over last year's result of 18 million.
View Global Fund Press Release [in French]
SADC malaria week welcomes launch of SARN
The Southern Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (SARN) was officially launched on the occasion of SADC malaria week, commemorated this year in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. SARN is the first sub-regional network that will be linked to a regional economic block, being hosted by SADC. SADC malaria week saw high-level strategic discussions on malaria elimination in the region as well as gala performances by RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.
View SADC Press Release
Mosquito net usage by children reaches 85% in Tombouctou, Mali
Once synonymous with 'the end of the road', Tombouctou, and neighboring Gao, have dramatically increased coverage of children with long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) as a result of an integrated child survival campaign led by Mali’s Ministry of Health.
View PSI Mali Brief.
EARN Annual Coordination for Implementation Support Meeting
Arusha, 20-22 November 2007 - The Eastern Africa RBM Network (EARN) Annual Coordination for Implementation Support Meeting took place from 20-22 November 2007 in Arusha Tanzania. EARN countries presented information on resolving implementation bottlenecks to achieve scale-up for impact. These presentations are available on the EARN webpage.
All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group Calls for Strong Support to the Immediate Launch of An Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria
London, 22 November 2007 - The All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group (APPMG) launches its third report which looks at the case for a new facility mechanism for affordable malaria treatment. The Group's previous reports focused on the global malaria crisis and financing mechanisms to tackle the disease. "The Right Drug at the Right Time - The Power of the Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria (AMFm) to Save Lives" focuses on a fundamental gap in delivering effective malaria control to those most in need. Specifically, it looks at the potential of an Affordable Medicines Facility to bring down the price of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) by ensuring widespread use and discouraging use of single drugs which may accelerate development of resistance to treatment.
View the APPMG report
Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announces record figure of US $471 million for malaria
Geneva, 12 November 2007 - The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced a total of US $471 million for malaria control over the next two years - the largest amount approved for malaria control in a single round of grant-making . Successful countries include Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guyana, Iran, Lao, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia, with 62% of eligible malaria proposals recommended for funding. Of the total amount recommended for Round 7 for all three diseases (US$1,119 billion), grants for malaria represent 42%.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [PDF print version]
New innovation grants boost malaria advocacy efforts in Africa
London, 5 November 2007 - Malaria Consortium has announced three grants for malaria advocacy to civil society organizations covering twelve African countries. The Innovation Grants are part of Mobilising for Malaria, an advocacy programme supported by GlaxoSmithKline's African Malaria Partnership. They aim to boost advocacy efforts to improve Africa-to-Africa accountability for response to malaria suffering on the continent as well inspire African civil society organizations and media to become "leaders" in the fight against malaria in Francophone and Anglophone African countries.
View Malaria Consortium Press Release [in French]
Malaria Day in the Americas: 6 November 2007
This year, the first Malaria Day in the Americas was observed through a number of events that took place in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guyana, and Washington DC.
This year's theme: Making a difference for the Americas through advocacy and effective partnerships against malaria
And slogan: Be part of the solution in the Americas! Join the global fight against malaria!
Madagascar launches campaign to fight measles and malaria
22 October, Washington, DC - The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, is launching a national health campaign to vaccinate more than 2.8 million children against measles and distribute more than 1.5 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria—diseases which take the lives of more than 1 million African children each year.
"By focusing the world's attention on malaria and working in a collaborative spirit, the international community is turning the corner in preventing malaria and improving the lives of children," said Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We are grateful to the government of Madagascar and all of our partners for showing what we can achieve together, and for bringing help and hope to the children of this country."
View Press Release
Benin launches a national health campaign
10 October, Ouidah, Benin - An integrated campaign to distribute mosquito nets, de-worming medication, and vitamin A was launched in Benin to reduce child mortality and morbidity. This initiative has rallied a large number of partners alongside the government of Benin, including the WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, USAID, the European Union, French and Swiss development assistance, Soroptimist International, research institutions, civil society, non-governmental organizations, the public and private sectors, and the media.
View UNICEF Multimedia Feature Benin conducts anti-malaria bednet campaign to save children's lives [in English]
WHO/Benin Press Release Distribution gratuite de moustiquaires imprégnées, d'albendazole et de vitamine A aux enfants de moins de cinq ans au Benin [in French]
Leadership Summit: A Shared Vision and Commitment
At the Leadership Summit held in Seattle at the Gates Malaria Forum on 16 and 17 October, leaders in the fight against malaria issued a joint statement reaffirming the need to scale up national malaria responses, with malaria control as the short-term goal and the full eradication of the disease as the long-term vision.
View Leadership Summit Joint Statement
Reports of Significant Progress in Fight Against Malaria
17 October, Seattle - Significant gains in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are being made, according to a new report released today. The report, Malaria and Children, prepared by UNICEF on behalf of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), contains a comprehensive assessment of the progress that has been made in malaria control.
View UNICEF/RBM Press Release [in English] [in French]
Executive summary of The Report [in English] [in French]
Download: the full report in English [6M], en français [4M]
Malaria community meets in Seattle
16-18 October, Seattle - A unique malaria Forum organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has opened today in Seattle, where 250 participants fighting malaria in different capacities are now reviewing challenges and discussing the way forward in the global malaria response.
The contributions of top policy-makers, government officials, fund providers, scientists, business executives, technical experts and UN and NGO representatives attending the meeting will form the basis for the development of a Global Business Plan delineating what each partner must do over the next few years so that malaria-control interventions can be scaled up and the scourge eliminated as a public health threat.
More info from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation web site
View: Malaria Forum webcast and transcript from the Kaiser Family Foundation
Read: Gates Crashing Live Blog
MACEPA Learning Community website launched today
17 October - Today marks the launch of the MACEPA Learning Community website. The site provides an overview of the Learning Community's objectives and of the scale-up for impact approach to national malaria control. It provides a venue for countries involved or interested in the scale-up approach to learn from one another's lessons, document methods, and share successes broadly.
View MACEPA Learning Community web site
World Bank Group Report on Malaria in Africa Highlights Progress Towards Goal of Significantly Reducing Malaria Deaths
11 October, Washington - A new World Bank report says in just two years nearly 20 million long lasting insecticidal nets and more than 15 million doses of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) are on course to be distributed under the World Bank Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa.
The Progress Report on the Booster Program for Malaria Control, says about 240 million people — including more than 42 million children under age five and nearly 10 million pregnant women — are in areas covered by the Booster Program projects.
View The World Bank Press Release
Booster Program Summary
Download World Bank Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa Report
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium applauds Tanzania's progress in rolling back malaria
4 October, Dar es Salaam - Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium applauded Tanzania for the considerable gains made in the fight against malaria. Speaking at a meeting of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners on the last day of her visit to Tanzania as RBM Special Representative, HRH Princess Astrid said she was struck by the extraordinary commitment shown by healthworkers and partners working in malaria control.
View RBM Partnership Press Release
Roll Back Malaria Special Representative Princess Astrid of Belgium delivers insecticide-treated nets to primary school children
2 October, Dar es Salaam - Roll Back Malaria's Special Representative (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium handed out a thousand insecticide-treated nets to pupils at Sokoine Primary School yesterday during her four-day visit to Tanzania, a malaria-endemic country which has made important progress in fighting against this scourge. Accompanied by Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Princess Astrid has been talking to malaria patients, attending antenatal clinics, seeing Artemisia plantations and an insecticide-treated net factory in Dar es Salam and Arusha, near Kilimanjaro.
View RBM Partnership Press Release
Malaria voice grows at the Global Fund via the Community Delegation
2 October, Geneva - The Communities living with HIV and TB and affected by Malaria Delegation to the Global Fund board is pleased to announce 5 new members from the Malaria community who have joined the support Group of the delegation.
Roll Back Malaria Executive Director and HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium visit United Republic of Tanzania to encourage more action against malaria
30 September, Dar es Salaam - Dr Coll-Seck spoke to local and international journalists at a visit to a Tanzanian school. The Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership reminded the world that "by stealing young lives, causing long-term neurological damage in children, and increasing rates of absenteeism among school children and their teachers, malaria is striking vicious, debilitating blows at Africa's most vulnerable population, and its most precious resource. Children are our future".
View RBM Partnership Press Release
Roll Back Malaria Partnership Welcomes Donor Pledges Totaling US$9.7 billion for the Global Fund to Fight HIV AIDs, TB and Malaria
27 September, Berlin -"This is an excellent first step towards realising the US$18 billion needed by the Fund over the next three years," said Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. " To provide sustainable and predictable funding for countries' national AIDS, TB and Malaria programmes is one of our biggest challenges. Malaria alone needs over US$3 billion per year. Now is not the time to be conservative about our ambitions. Much progress is being made in malaria control and donors and partners alike can feel more confident knowing their investments are achieving results."
The Global Fund Replenishmant Conference also saw the launch of Germany's "Debt2Health" initiative to increase funding for HIV, TB and Malaria through debt cancellation. The German and Indonesian governments signed an agreement to cancel 50 million Euro of Indonesia's debt to finance national health programs.
Germany is the first donor country to support programs of the Global Fund through debt conversion. Over the next four years, Germany will mobilize a total of 200 million Euros for Global Fund health programs through the Debt2Health Initiative.
View The Global Fund Press Release
Friends of the Global Fight Press Release
RBM Joins the International Community in Celebrating the First Anniversary of UNITAID
20 September, Geneva - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) today called for celebration of the first anniversary of UNITAID, an international drug purchase facility launched in September 2006. Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNITAID continually works to reduce the cost of high-quality AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria drugs for populations in developing countries. RBM recognizes UNITAID’s work to increase access of malarial treatments to low-income populations.
View RBM Partnership News Release
WHO product testing of malaria rapid tests -
Expressions of interest from manufacturers for product submission
WHO is calling for expressions of interest for submission of antigen-detecting malaria rapid diagnostic tests to the WHO malaria diagnostics evaluation programme. Product testing will be undertaken at US CDC in Atlanta, USA, against a panel of wild-type, culture-derived and parasite-negative samples. Manufacturers intending to enter products into the programme are required to submit expressions of interest to WHO by October 19, 2007, in order to participate in the first round of product testing. The product testing programme is part of the joint WHO-FIND programme on quality assurance of malaria rapid diagnostic tests.
Further details, and requirements for product inclusion, can be found at www.wpro.who.int/sites/rdt
RBM Partnership Harmonized Workplan Meeting
12-13 September, Geneva - The Working Group co-chairs, partners from sub-regional networks, chair of the Executive Committee, and members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat met to develop the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Harmonized workplan. This is the first joint RBM workplan, collectively prepared by all RBM Partnership structures. The harmonized workplan and budget support the five RBM operational targets for 2008, and will be submitted to the 13th Board meeting in November 2007 for adoption.
RBM Partnership Harmonization Working Group Meeting
10-11 September, Geneva - The Harmonization Working Group met to develop a methodology to evaluate the support they provide to countries for their Global Fund round 7 proposals; to consolidate inputs for the overall RBM 2007-2008 workplan; to agree on an operating framework for the RBM HWG Early Warning System and the Malaria Implementation Support Team; and to define its role in the ACT subsidy roll out.
"Faire mieux et plus ensemble contre le paludisme"
10 September, Paris - Dr Coll-Seck participated in a roundtable discussion at a conference organized by the Friends of the Global Fund Europe. Political decision makers, private sector representatives, and civil society groups attended sessions on maternal and child mortality, poverty and malaria, access to antimalarial commodities, and the role of the private sector in the fight against malaria. The conference highlighted the importance of partnership in providing access to the many effective tools for malaria treatment and prevention.
RBM partners, GLAMOUR magazine, and trend-setting fashion designers team up to protect women and children at risk for malaria
7 September, New York - GLAMOUR, the magazine that reaches one in every ten women in America, announced today that a series of limited edition t-shirts will be sold exclusively on Shopbop.com with profits to benefit Malaria No More. For every T-shirt purchased, Glamour and Malaria No More will donate three bed nets to women in Africa. Bed net manufacturer Sumitomo Chemical will match the donations, making it six bed nets for every t-shirt sold.
Related Press Coverage: Glamour Magazine; USA Today
PSM working group has a strong role to play in country support
5 September, Geneva - The newly formed Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group met via teleconference to discuss its workplan and mandate. The PSMWG accepted the Executive Committee's request that it should play a vital role in helping countries to forecast the necessary supply of malaria commodities, to ensure product quality control, and to strengthen supply chain management.
Germany and Britain announce new International Health Partnership
5 September, London - Germany and Britain announce new International Health Partnership
Bilateral and multilateral partners, including Germany and the United Kingdom launched a new agreement - The International Health Partnership - as part of a global campaign to address the Health MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). The aim of the initiative is to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4, 5 and 6 - namely, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and tackling specific diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.
View Joint statement of PM Brown and Chancellor Merkel
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium joins global campaign to Roll Back Malaria
Brussels/Geneva, 27 August 2007 - Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium announced her acceptance of her appointment as Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Special Representative to support the global fight against malaria--one of the world's three major diseases.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [English] [Français]
RTL video clip
WHO releases new guidance on insecticide-treated mosquito nets
16 August 2007, Geneva/Nairobi -- The World Health Organization issued new global guidance for the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect people from malaria. For the first time, WHO recommends that insecticidal nets be long-lasting, and distributed either free or highly subsidized and used by all community members.
View WHO Press Release
the WHO Position Statement
Estimated global resources needed to attain international malaria control goals
This paper, published in the August issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, presents the methods used to construct a model for estimating the total financial costs of scaling up malaria control over 2006-2015 to achieve internationally agreed objectives and targets for the 81 most heavily affected malaria-endemic countries of the world’s 107 malaria-endemic countries and territories. Pessimistic and optimistic scenarios with different assumptions about the effect of interventions on the needs for diagnosis and treatment provide upper and lower bounds of the estimation.
View the article
Operations, Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of ITN and IRS Programs
This recent report by the Swiss Tropical Institute comparatively assesses, for the first time, five insecticide-treated net (ITN) programs and two indoor residual spraying (IRS) programs operating at large or national scale in sub-Saharan Africa using a standardized methodology.
View final version of the Report
Clinton launches Global ACT subsidy pilot in Tanzania
22 July, DAR ES SALAAM - Former US President Bill Clinton launched a programme on Sunday to make antimalarial drugs available in Tanzania as a pilot scheme that could be used as a model for Africa as a whole. The Roll Back Malaria partnership is playing a key role in designing the subsidy, as well as in building consensus and in raising funds for it.
View Reuters article
All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group meeting on the ACT subsidy
18 July, London - A meeting was organized by the APPMG to inform British parliamentarians, those working in malaria in different capacities, and UK opinion makers about the global ACT subsidy. The global ACT subsidy aims to make artemisinin-based combination therapies affordable and available, and to ensure that they remain efficacious in the long-term. Prof Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, explained how the subsidy will work. Other speakers included Sir Richard Peto (Academia), Dr Vinand Nantulya (FIND on diagnostics), and Dr Ian Boulton (GSK).
View Prof Coll-Seck's presentation on the Global ACT subsidy
RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group meeting
9-10 July, Washington DC - The first full meeting of the Roll Back Malaria Procurement and Supply Chain Working Group took place in Washington D.C, hosted by Management Sciences for Health. Over 25 experts elected Rima Shretta of Management Sciences for Health, and Henk den Besten of IDA solutions as their co-chairs. Under their guidance they drew up an inventory of bottlenecks and developed a results-oriented workplan and budget for 2008.
AMANET Launches Clinical Trial of Candidate Malaria Vaccine AMA1 in Mali
The African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET) has launched a Phase Ib candidate malaria vaccine trial in Mali, marking an important milestone in its quest to contribute to the development of effective tools against malaria.
The global malaria response discussed at World Economic Forum on Africa held in Cape Town
At the "Putting a stop to malaria" session at the World Economic Forum on Africa recently held in Cape Town, participants discussed key success factors and challenges for scaling up the malaria response in endemic countries. "We need strong leadership if we are going to win this fight", said Dr Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat. "We need partnerships--there is no sector that can do it on its own", she continued. Dr Coll-Seck also called for the "harmonization of policies" dealing with the fight against malaria, explaining that many of the failures in controlling malaria in the past can be linked to the lack of an integrated policy aimed at managing the disease.
View Summary: Putting a Stop to Malaria
Update session: Putting a Stop to Malaria
G8 Summit Declaration
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes G8 countries' pledge to work to enable the 30 highest malaria-prevalence countries in Africa to cut malaria deaths by half and expects firm commitment to the pledge to spend US$ 60 billion on malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS. The fulfillment of this renewed commitment from the wealthiest nations is a crucial step in helping countries approach the health-related MDGs by 2015 and in ensuring a sustainable global response to the world's three major diseases.
View Summit Declaration
African Communities Call on G8 to Honor Their Commitment to Fight Malaria
The newly-formed MAMA Africa (Mobilizing Against Malaria Across Africa) movement calls on G8 leaders to take further action and help stop needless deaths from malaria. As a network that unites national anti-malaria coalitions from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, the MAMA Africa movement states that funding alone is not enough to win the ongoing struggle against malaria. While major donors have boosted funding for insecticide-treated bed nets and medications, these vital resources often fail to reach the poor and marginalized communities who need them most, due to inefficient delivery systems and lack of human resources at local level.
View Press Release,
Mobilising Against Malaria Across Africa Movement Statement
Intensive workshop to improve Global Fund proposals for round 7 held in Nairobi
The Roll Back Malaria partnership completed in early June the second of three steps in a campaign to improve the quality of proposals from sub-Saharan African countries to the Global Fund by holding a "mock Technical Review" of over 24 country proposals. Over 120 participants were present, including representatives from 24 African countries and 20 experts from various organizations, including CDC, MACEPA, the Earth Institute, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and WHO.
View the press release
Meeting in Dakar aims to improve private sector involvement in the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
In cooperation with Global Fund, ILO, WHO, UNAIDS, Partners against AIDS, and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, a West and Central Africa regional workshop was organized in Dakar to exchange experiences and develop country strategies in order to enhance private sector involvement in the response against the three major diseases. It brought together private sector stakeholders, finance institutions, workers, international agencies, professional associations, labour unions, and 18 countries from West and Central Africa.
Poverty reduction through intensified malaria control: The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) becomes a central Roll Back Malaria Partner in 10 focus countries
The Islamic Development Bank has embarked upon an ambitious "Quick Win" programme aimed at combating malaria in 10 highly malaria-endemic member countries. These are Burkina Faso, Chad, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Sudan.
On 29 April 2007, the IDB approved an initial sum of $US 50 million to launch the first phase of this programme which will last two years. The programme adopts a comprehensive approach for malaria management encompassing integrated disease surveillance, training of manpower, provision of essential commodities, support for applied research, and monitoring and evaluation.
The Bank has also stated its intention to work in a coordinated manner with other actors, ensuring synergy and complementarity of efforts, and has thus positioned itself as a key Roll Back Malaria partner.
Establishment of "World Malaria Day" - approved at 60th World Health Assembly (WHA)
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes the decision to establish World Malaria Day, a key element of Resolution WHA60.18 passed during the 60th WHA.
Member states agreed that greater awareness was needed and that the establishment of World Malaria Day would mobilize communities to get involved in the fight.
"There has been a strong call from many RBM Partners on this issue and we are delighted the world health community recognizes malaria as a global emergency that knows no borders. We look forward to working on the first World Malaria Day in 2008 with all countries and partners," stated the Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck.
Malaria Day shall be commemorated annually on 25 April or on such other day or days as individual member States may decide, in order to provide education and understanding of malaria as a global scourge that is preventable and a disease that is curable.
View Resolution WHA60.18
Report by the WHO Secretariat
The Global Fund Welcomes Multi-Year Contribution from European Commission Ahead of G8 Meeting
Brussels, 30 May 2007: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today welcomed the announcement by European Commission President Barroso to contribute 100 million Euro (US$ 135 million) in 2007 and a further 100 million Euro per year for three years (2008-2010).
Read The Global Fund Press Release
Global Fund Helps Deliver Sharp Increases - Over 1 Million on AIDS treatment, 30 Million Malaria Nets Distributed
Berlin, 22 May 2007: The Global Fund released the latest figures from 450 grants in 136 countries as the G8 heads of state prepare to meet at Heiligendamm, Germany on 6-8 June.
Read The Global Fund Press Release
Tanzania: innovative communication campaign to raise awareness and promote understanding of the new malaria case management policy
Tanzania's national communication campaign for the new ACT policy uses multi-media tools including audio and video ads aired on television, radio, and via mobile video units throughout Tanzania, posters placed in all health facilities, an information kit targeted to medical professionals and influential leaders (e.g. members of parliament, religious leaders), a 30 minute documentary narrated by Julius Nyaisanga and engagement of national music stars.
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12th RBM Partnership Board commends intensified support provided to countries by the RBM Harmonisation Working Group
Members of the RBM Partnership Board endorsed work currently underway to support grant proposal development for 19 African countries and also urged acceleration of implementation support that will assist countries in moving forward their malaria control scale-up.
The meeting was hosted by the African Union (AU). AU Ambassador Madame Masri welcomed over 70 Board Members, Alternates and Delegates including Health Ministers of Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Mali, Niger, Tanzania and Uganda.
The 12th Board elected a new Chair and Vice Chair: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghabreyesus, Minister of Health for Ethiopia and Dr Alan Court, Director of Programme Division, UNICEF, respectively. They replace Prof Eyitayo Lambo (MOH Nigeria) who served as Chairperson for two years and Kevin Starace, UN Foundation, former Board Vice Chair. Prof Lambo's outstanding leadership was recognised during the meeting as was the unstinting commitment of Kevin Starace.
View 12th Board Meeting Decision Points Summary [en français]
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12th Board Meeting slide show
Malaria Consortium Announces New Innovation Grants for Malaria Advocacy in Africa
London, 9 May 2007: The Malaria Consortium is launching new innovation grants for malaria advocacy by African organizations in Africa. These Grants will support ideas and partnerships that aim to reach new audiences in creative ways and tackle difficult issues such as equity, transparency and accountability in Africa. Audiences could include decision makers at national or regional levels, politicians, media persons, ministries, international organizations or local leaders. These grants also aim to encourage the engagement of artists to amplify advocacy messages in African countries.
Global Fund to Seek $6-8 billion per Year by 2010
Geneva, 27 April 2007: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will need to at least triple in size by 2010 – reaching a spending target of $6 billion per year – to meet projected demand, the Fund’s Board agreed today. Further increased demand from developing countries for Global Fund financing could potentially raise this figure to $8 billion.
Read The Global Fund Press Release
Malaria Community Statement
April 25th is Africa Malaria Day worldwide and the first Malaria Awareness Day in the United States. In observance of this day and in recognition of the tremendous opportunities to reduce the burden that malaria imposes worldwide, we, the undersigned organizations, stand in support of the following statement.
Read Malaria Community Statement
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Sings to Roll Back Malaria
Geneva 24 April, 2007: On the eve of Africa Malaria Day, South African singing sensation Yvonne Chaka Chaka rallied staff at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS in Geneva to accelerate progress on malaria control. Chaka Chaka, a long-time champion of women and children's issues and a UNICEF Regional Spokesperson on Malaria, inspired an audience of over 200 to move their feet and raise their voices against malaria.
Roll Back Malaria Partners set ambitious financial targets for 19 African countries fighting malaria
Geneva April 23, 2007: On the occasion of Africa Malaria Day - April 25th, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership announced its target to secure a 50% success rate for malaria grant applications globally and 80% success for 19 or more countries in Africa for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s seventh round of funding.
View Roll Back Malaria Partnership and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Press Release [in English] [en français]
New RBM Board Members selected from West, Central, Southern and Eastern Africa
As result of sub regional consultations involving 33 countries at ministerial level earlier this month, the following representatives were confirmed as Roll Back Malaria Board Members for the endemic country constituency for the next 2 years :
ECOWAS /CEDEAO - Nigeria ( alternate Liberia )
Mali ( Alternate Niger)
ECCAS /CEECA - Cameroon ( alternate Angola)
SADEC - Lesotho
IGAD - Ethiopia ( alternate Uganda )
Africa Malaria Day Advertorials
In the run-up to Africa Malaria Day, 25 April, advertorials will appear on the op-ed pages of major publication around the world including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Jeune Afrique, Africa Business, Vanity Fair and many others. These advertorials are sponsored by ExxonMobil to call attention to the critical importance of partnership to control malaria, which is the central theme of this year's Africa Malaria Day.
View ExxonMobil advertorials in Africa Health:
Part 1 Mobilizing against malaria
Part 2 The malaria scorecard
Part 3 A model of success in fighting malaria
RBM consultation with Ministers of Health
The RBM Partnership held three events in Johannesburg from 10-12 April with Ministers of Health and other top officials attending the African Union Conference of Ministers of Health. The 7 member states of IGAD and 15 member states of ECOWAS were briefed on provision of a coordinated country support plan for Global Fund applications and the implementation of a Global Subsidy mechanism to purchase ACTs. Elections for representatives to the RBM Board also took place.
More info on African Union Launch of the Africa Malaria Elimination Campaign during the 3rd Session of the AU Conference of Ministers of Health Johannesburg, South Africa
RBM malaria endemic country constituency consultation
3 April, Cameroun - 9 Ministers of Health from the 11 countries of the Economic Community of Central African States met in Douala for joint strategizing on malaria control. The Honourable Minister of Health of Cameroun was re-elected as a member of the RBM Board, representing the subregion for a further 2 year term.
Global Malaria Community Kick Starts Campaign to Secure Additional Resources
Roll Back Malaria, the global partnership to fight malaria, has launched a campaign to improve the quality of malaria proposals from sub-Saharan African countries to the Global Fund. In 2006, just over one-quarter of all malaria control proposals submitted to the Global Fund from sub-Saharan African countries were approved for financing. The recently formed RBM Harmonization Working Group, consisting of representatives from UN agencies, donors, civil society, foundations, and African countries, is leading the campaign to support over 20 applicant countries with the proposal process prior to the July 4, 2007 submission deadline.
View RBM Partnership Press Release [in English] [en français]
Interim strategy: wash resistant insecticide treatment kits
The RBM Working Group for Scalable Vector Control (WIN) and WHO Global Malaria Programme have developed a consensus statement regarding the use of wash resistant insecticide treatment kits. It discusses an interim strategy for retreatment of conventional nets during the transition period to full replacement with long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs).
View Consensus Statement on the use of wash resistant insecticide treatment kits as an interim strategy
Experts Discuss Malaria Research Strengthening in Africa
Brazzaville, 26 March 2007 -- Experts, researchers and malaria control programme managers are meeting in Brazzaville from 26-30 March under the auspices of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa. The five-day meeting brings together researchers, implementers, as well as WHO and its partners to exchange information on MIM-supported malaria research; discuss critical needs in capacity for malaria research, and identify mechanisms for strengthening MIM’s role in supporting research capacity in Africa.
View WHO/AFRO press release
Princess of Africa Foundation and APPMG report launch
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, UNICEF Regional Spokesperson and RBM Goodwill Ambassador, today launched the Princess of Africa Foundation to improve accountability and transparency in the use of funds dedicated to fighting malaria in Africa. This is one of the key recommendations from a UK All Party Parliamentary Malaria Group (APPMG) report on financing, which was launched in London today by the UK Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn.
View Princess of Africa Foundation and World Bank press release
APPMG press release
Financing Mechanisms for Malaria (full report)
Corporate Response to Malaria: opportunities for engagement and scale-up
A private sector forum designed to promote key achievements and present practical methods for increased corporate involvement in an effective and innovative malaria response was held 12 March in Washington DC, presented by the Global Business Coalition and the Brookings Institution.
View Press Release
New Simple to Use Drug Against Malaria
The non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Sanofi-Aventis have developed a new once-a-day fixed-dose combination of artesunate and amodiaquine (ASAQ) to treat malaria. The drug will be available for use throughout sub-Saharan Africa and is suitable for patients of all ages, including children - the most at-risk population. ASAQ is a quality non-patented product.
View DNDi and Sanofi Aventis Press Release
More info on ASAQ
Lancement du projet "les femmes Soroptimistes font reculer le Paludisme au Benin"
Dans le cadre de ce projet, le Soroptimist International s'est associé avec l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) pour protéger les femmes enceintes et les enfants de moins de 5 ans de la commune de Zé, située à une quarantaine de kilomètres de Cotonou, en leur fournissant des moustiquaires imprégnées d'insecticide longue durée.
Environ 286 000 dollars serviront à l'achat de ce matériel. Ce projet est un bon exemple de cooperation entre une organisation comme les femmes Soroptimist International, l'OMS et le gouvernement du Bénin.
Voir OMS Benin Communiqué de presse
Africa: New Friends of the Global Fund Branch
Friends of the Global Fund Africa inaugurated its Board of Directors in Kigali, in February, under the theme 'Africans Taking Responsibility and Achieving Results in the Fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria.' Friends Africa was founded in order to create and sustain visibility and awareness for the Global Fund across the African continent, as well as to build political and financial support for the organization. Friends Africa joins Friends organizations in the U.S., Japan and Europe as nongovernmental advocates on behalf of the Global Fund.
View Global Fund Press Release
Roll Back Malaria Rwanda consultation, 12 February
Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners in Rwanda held a meeting on key achievements and challenges for national malaria control. Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, briefed the national RBM committee on new partnership mechanisms to support country plans, including Global Fund round 7 proposal support. Rwanda's Minister of Health, Dr Jean-Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, as well as the WHO, USAID and NGOs Representatives participated in the meeting.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes Professor Michel Kazatchkine as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund
Professor Kazatchkine is an accomplished global health specialist whose commitment to the fight against malaria was highlighted in Yaoundé, Cameroon when he gave keynote address during the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Forum 2005. Professor Kazatchkine is a former Vice Chair of the Global Fund Board and first Chair of the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel, which assesses the quality of grant proposals and comes to the Global Fund having served as the Director of the French National AIDS Research Agency (ANRS) and is currently France’s Ambassador for AIDS and Communicable Diseases. Throughout his career, he has been closely involved with national and international NGOs working in the field of health and development.
Read the Open Letter from the Malaria Advocacy Group,
Malaria and the Global Fund - What's needed now !,
Global Fund Press Release.
Global Subsidy for ACTs Agreed in Amsterdam
Experts and policy makers agreed on 19 January that a global subsidy for artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) should be put into place as soon as possible to make effective malaria treatments affordable and accessible to all. Hosted by the Dutch Government, the high level RBM Finance and Resources Working Group meeting included representatives from GFATM, PMI, WB, UNITAID, WHO, UNICEF and the Gates Foundation as well as endemic and donor countries, foundations, NGOs and the private sector. It was anticipated that the resources required to back such a subsidy (between US$ 80-100million in 2008 and around US$ 250m yearly from 2009 onwards) could be secured before 2008 and that potential risks, such as market distortion, could be mitigated by ongoing and effective monitoring.
For more info refer to summary conclusions, to the summary of the breakout groups and to the presentations by the 1972 Nobel prize winner Economy Professor Ken Arrow, by the World Bank, by Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).
A Well-Coordinated Child Survival Campaign for Rwanda
The delivery of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) during a measles vaccination campaign, last September, has proven to be a cost effective way to rapidly increase coverage and protect under five year old from malaria. The integrated campaign has been successful in all aspects - from financing, procurement and custom clearance, through estimation needs, transportation, secure storage, and crowd management during distribution. 1.3 million nets were distributed to 2000 vaccination points nationwide.
2nd Harmonization Working Group Meeting, 15 - 16 January, Geneva
The meeting focused on developing a 2007 plan to help countries make the required impact to roll back malaria. The plan indicates how to move proven interventions to scale. More specifically it identifies terms of references for country validation missions and outlines a country support strategy for Global Fund Round 7 proposals. Missions are already being planned to Mozambique, Zambia and other countries.
More info on Harmonization Working Group
2nd CARN Annual Meeting, 19 January, Gabon
The RBM sub-regional Network of Partners for Central Africa (CARN) met in Libreville, Gabon on 19 January 2007. This meeting was an opportunity to update partners on recent developments within the partnership and to develop the annual joint workplan in support of countries. The meeting also outlined best strategies and actions for a coordinated implementation of priorities. The improvement of countries' performance in absorbing current Global Fund and other grants as well as gap analysis and validation of existing country business plans are pressing issues.
More info on 2nd CARN Annual Meeting
1st Meeting of the Malaria Advocacy Working Group, 10 - 11 Jan 07, London
The first Malaria Advocacy Working Group Meeting took place 10-11 January, and was hosted by GSK in London. The MAWG replaces the Global Advocacy Task Force and will provide strategic counsel to the Partnership with timely, accurate information on opportunities for effective advocacy; and ensure wide dissemination of accurate information on current resource allocations to inform the malaria community of current status and allow accountability by both donors and implementers.
More info on Malaria Advocacy Working Group