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Monday 29 June, 2015 - UN General Assembly’s Climate Change Convention held in New York marks the halfway point in what is a critical year for climate change negotiations.

This meeting provided impetus and political momentum for an ambitious climate action plan, the framework for which is being drawn from work hubs in Addis Ababa, New York, and Paris. In advance of Roll Back Malaria’s (RBM) launch of AIM (Action and Investment to defeat malaria 2016-2030) at the Financing for Development meeting in Addis, a multisectoral approach to the control of malaria is increasingly being practiced.

Weather and climate are major determinants of malaria. Temperature rises (associated with current rates of carbon emission) of just 2-3 degrees Celsius will increase the number of people at risk of malaria by up to 5 per cent, representing several hundred million people [1]. Further, a World Bank report indicates that by 2050, climate change might threaten some previously unexposed regions of South America, sub-Saharan Africa and China causing a 50 per cent higher probability of malaria transmission [2]. AIM’s launch this month will further raise awareness of these issues.

 

[1] Appendix B, Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030, June 2015.

[2] The Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, ‘Turn-down the Heat – Why a 4 degree Warmer World Must be Avoided,’ International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and World Bank, Washington, DC, 2012.

June 20th - Celebrated globally, World Refugee Day reminds us of the critical situation of refugees around the world . On this day in 2015 more than 50 million ordinary people who had fled from their homes, were living in extraordinarily dire conditions.

Malaria disproportionally affects the most vulnerable population groups, including those who have been displaced within and across countries, and including refugees in malaria endemic areas. Displacement means people trade familiar habitats for ones that are unfamiliar, unhealthy or precarious; like sleeping outdoors, working at night, or in proximity to vector-breeding areas, existing in poor-quality housing with limited use of prevention measures and treatment. Refugees also face other major obstacles when trying to access health care.

Their exposure to malaria is significantly increased when moving from low- to high- transmission areas, because they have no acquired immunity and frequently little knowledge of malaria prevention or treatment. In displacement situations like South Sudan, for example, morbidity and mortality increased among refugees of all age groups. The higher the number of refugees, the larger is the impact.

Despite the challenges, progress in controlling malaria in crisis situations in sub-Saharan Africa has been an important element of the gains made in reducing the malaria burden made since 2000. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and other organisations provide LLINs to refugees as part of a set of core relief items in response to emergencies in malaria-endemic countries. Alternative tools for protecting people living in camps, villages and towns in emergencies include the use of insecticide-treated plastic sheeting (ITPS) for shelter construction and other insecticide-treated materials.

RBM Partners are working to ensure 50 million refugees and displaced people have better access to malaria services . 

23 June 2015 - At an award ceremony in Brussels this week, a cartoon public service announcement entitled “Drogba vs Malaria” won the  European Association of Communications Agencies  Care award. Produced by the UNDP ,  the cartoon film was inspired by the work undertaken by the UNDP to support the Global Fund in its fight against malaria. Pro-bono partnerships and networking have resulted in a winning combination ! The PSA has been broadcast widely on EURONEWS in a number of languages.    

Watch the PSA here.