Earlier this month, Roll Back Malaria's Malaria in Pregnancy (MiP) Working Group hosted a meeting for members of the Maternal and Child Survival Program's (MCSP) technical, child health, community health and civil society engagement teams. This provided a forum for these groups to review potential activities and objectives for the second year of this cooperative venture.
The profile of MCSP was raised this April, with the program's women-centred strategy (acknowledging their primary carer role for children under five) clearly aligning with directives issued at World Malaria Day, 2015. Inevitably, international attention on MiP was the first topic on the discussion agenda, which anticipated that collective activity would improve understanding and promotion of MiP policies through leadership and coordination. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership was identified as the on-going nexus of the working group's aims, and central to accelerating their programming.
The members also identified that this global leadership would help streamline communications and coverage around Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM), with the view to inform resource mobilisation for child health. Another outcome saw intervention support earmarked to the community-based Child Survival and Health Grant Program (CSHGP), as well as the introduction of Malaria Technical Advisors to complement the Global Fund's malaria work.
Going forward in this critical year for sustainable development in the fight against malaria, the MCSP looks set for another challenging and progressive 12 months.