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22- 24 November 2015: Malaria Programme Managers from the Eastern Mediterranean countries convened in Amman, Jordon this week at their 11th Inter-Country meeting to chart progress on malaria elimination. In a region experiencing huge population movement due to war, civil unrest, and migrant workers, nations such as Yemen and Syria are maintaining their communication on malaria and reporting regularly despite the difficulties.  

“There is a clear and urgent call for political commitment, greater resources, cross border collaboration, quality of treatment and diagnostics“, said Dr Nafo EXD RBM who presented  the Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016-2030 during the meeting.  "As well as greater surveillance, advocacy is needed to increase awareness among travellers and health workers, particularly in countries were the number of cases are becoming smaller and smaller."

This programme managers meeting follows the recent 62nd session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, where Ministers of Health and representatives from respective member states came together in Kuwait City to discuss crucial health issues facing the region. In perhaps one of the first meetings to take place after world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its seventeen ambitious goals (SDGs),  malaria was high on the agenda and EMROs Regional Action Plan ( in line with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and the AIM ) was approved.

In Jordon a message from the WHO EMRO Regional Director, read by Dr Hoda Atta, stated, “We are dealing with an enemy that is hard to defeat. While we celebrate our achievements and we plan for the next phase under the new SDG, we must remain vigilant to prevent resurgence in areas that have been freed from malaria."

19 November 2015 – “Today, we celebrate major advances in our fight against malaria,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, in a message marking the achievement of malaria reduction, as set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

With just six weeks left for the MDGs deadline, the UN announced that the MDG six targets to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015 have been met and surpassed, as global leaders, diplomats and health experts gathered at the UN last night to celebrate the progress made against malaria.

“The world’s success in rolling back malaria shows just what can be achieved with the right kind of determination and partnerships,” said Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the UN General Assembly.“It provides bold inspiration to all nations that seek to create a healthy environment for their children and adults. We can and we must eliminate malaria by 2030,” he added, noting that this will require full implementation of the new strategy developed by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the World Health Organization (WHO).“In it, we have the path forward – I urge all member states to fully support implementation of this strategic plan,” Mr. Lykketoft stressed.

Thanks to collective efforts and increased financing, the world has met and surpassed MDG6 targets to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015. Progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97 per cent of which have been among young children.

In Africa alone – where some 90 per cent of all malaria-related deaths still occur – an estimated 69 per cent reduction in malaria mortality among children under the age of five over the past fifteen years has reportedly helped to improve overall child survival rates and has directly contributed to MDG4.

In addition, over 100 countries are already free of malaria, and at least 55 are on track to reduce malaria case incidence by 75 per cent by the end of the year. For the first time in history, fewer people than ever are getting infected with malaria in Africa, and many countries around the world are focusing on elimination targets, with new regional commitments announced in the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

As the world transitions to a new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by world leaders in September – which will build on the MDGs – the Roll Back Malaria Partnership is also urging continued commitment to achieve malaria elimination by 2030 and help advance broader development efforts across sectors.

“Under the MDGs, we have seen what can be achieved when we join our efforts and come together in a coordinated fashion,” said Hervé Verhoosel, representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat in New York.

“As we set our sights on elimination, we stand to avert nearly 3 billion cases of infection and generate some $4 trillion in additional economic output over the next 15 years. But we must ensure political commitment and predictable financial resources necessary to carry us over the finish line,” he underlined.

Ministry of Health launches Comprehensive Malaria Elimination Strategy, together with World Health Organization and Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Global Framework to Achieve 2030 Targets

Brasilia, November 10th: In an event hosted by the Ministry of Health, leaders and technical experts from across Brazil are meeting today to launch the county’s National Malaria Elimination Strategy to achieve a malaria- free Brazil by 2030. Building on progress made in recent years under the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Brazil was named the 2015 Malaria Champion of the Americas by the Pan-American Health Organization last week and joins other countries in the region that are accelerating progress against the disease.

“Brazil is presenting a decrease in malaria cases every year as a result of the joint effort of municipalities, states and the Ministry of Health, and in 2014 the lowest number of cases over the last 35 years was recorded,” said Dr Antônio Carlos Figueiredo Nardi, Health Surveillance Secretary at the Ministry of Health.

Brazil’s National Malaria Elimination Strategy is informed by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 (GTS) and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM) - for a malaria-free world, both of which were launched in Portuguese during the Ministerial meeting in Brasilia.

Read the full press release here:
[in English]
[in Portuguese]

Transition Support
A new Transition Support Team has been convened by Malaria No More UK in November 2015, to provide additional project management support to the Transition Oversight Committee. They will act as a central point of contact for the Transition over the coming months, providing Transition Management Support to the TOC and, if required, in transitioning to the incoming Board.

This small Transition Support Team is comprised of targeted programme and change management experts, led by Jonah Grunsell from Headadvisory Consulting based in the UK. They have extensive experience in leading transformational change programmes in the public and third sectors. Ian Boulton (TropMed Pharma Consulting) will also bring his insight and expertise from fifteen years of involvement with the fight against malaria and RBM to the team. They can be contacted at

The Restructuring Q&A has not been fully updated, but further information on the Restructuring Process is now available here.