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High level RBM Partners assess malaria best practices in East Africa
17 August 2009, Dar Es Salaam, UR Tanzania

High level RBM Partners assess malaria best practices in East AfricaDr 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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US President Barrack Obama: A New Moment of Promise in Africa

A New Moment of Promise in Africa11 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

New Africa Malaria Leadership Initiative announced at the G8
9 July, 2009

Ray ChambersAt 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...
Read Special Envoy on the G8 Statement
ALMA info

RBM urges action against malaria at the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council
6 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

RBM urges action against malaria at the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social CouncilImproving 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.
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
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Central African States Gear Up to Reach Universal Coverage by 2010
24 August 2009, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Central African States  Gear Up to Reach Universal Coverage  by  2010Ten 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
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Countries in West Africa to develop a roadmap for reaching the 2010 malaria targets
3-7 August 2009, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Countries in West Africa to develop a roadmap for reaching the 2010 malaria targetsMalaria 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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Countries develop roadmap towards achieving Universal Coverage in 2010
9 July, 2009 Windhoek, Namibia

Countries develop roadmap towards achieving Universal Coverage in 2010With 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.
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RBM partners support a SADC communication strategy for malaria
10-11 July, 2009 Windhoek, Namibia

RBM partners support a SADC communication strategy for malaria20 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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RBM at Women's Forum on malaria in Western Africa
29-31 July 2009, Dakar, Senegal

RBM at Women's Forum on malaria in Western AfricaAt 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

ECOWAS ministerial meeting spotlights malaria control 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

ECOWAS ministerial meeting spotlights malaria control 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.
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