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  • PMI Statement on Misuse of Bednets from Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer
  • 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
  • SADC Malaria Day event aims to strengthen regional political commitment and leadership as well as mobilize communities and school children

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.

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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.

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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.

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