World Bank Credit Of USD 30 mln to Support Zambia's Malaria Booster Program
17 December 2010, Lusaka, ZAMBIA : - World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick signed a USD 30 million credit at Lusaka's Kalingalinga Township to provide additional financing for the country's efforts to overcome malaria.
View the World Bank Press Release [in English]
The Global Fund Approves USD 1.7bn in New Grants
15 December 2010, Sofia, BULGARIA : - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Board of Directors approved 79 grants with a two-year commitment of USD 1.7bn at its 22nd Board meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.
It is the tenth time the Global Fund Board approved new proposals to support programs fighting the three diseases. The total approved funding for these ten rounds is USD 21.7 billion for 150 countries since it was created in 2002.
The USD 1.7bn provides USD 574 m for malaria. The 79 proposals which were found to be of sufficient technical quality to be funded constitute a success rate of just over half of the submitted proposals.
Furthermore, the Global Fund Board decided to extend the implementation period of AMFm Phase 1 by six months. Based on the forthcoming recommendations of the AMFm Ad Hoc Committee, the Board will decide whether to expand, accelerate, modify, terminate or suspend the AMFm business line at its 24th meeting.
The Board also requested that Principal Recipients procure appropriately performing malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs).
Read the decisions of the 22nd TGF Board meeting
The Global Fund Press release [in English] [in French]
Malaria Report Shows Rapid Progress Towards International Targets
14 December 2010, Geneva / New York: - A massive scale-up in malaria control programs between 2008 and 2010 has resulted in the provision of enough insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to protect more than 578 million people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Indoor residual spraying has also protected 75 million people, or 10% of the population at risk in 2009. The World Malaria Report 2010 describes how the drive to provide access to antimalarial interventions to all those who need them, called for by the UN Secretary-General in 2008, is producing results.
View WHO World Malaria Report 2010
Statement by WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan
Statement by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Mr. Ray Chambers
Statement by the RBM Executive Director, Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Statement by the Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Andrew Mitchell
Government of Zambia Hosts the 19th RBM Board Meeting
6-8 December 2010, Lusaka, ZAMBIA : - The RBM Partnership Board is convening its 19th bi-annual meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, to address challenges around global malaria funding and emerging drug resistance. The three-day meeting, which was opened by His Excellency George Kunda, Vice President of Zambia, is being led by H.E. Kapembwa Simbao, Minister of Health of Zambia. More than 150 experts representing the seven RBM constituency groups are participating in the gathering which is being held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in the Zambian Capital from 6-8 December 2010.
View Provisional Agenda
RBM Harmonization Working Group 9th Meeting
2-3 December 2010, Livingstone, ZAMBIA : - The 9th HWG represents the final opportunity in 2010 to review country implementation progress against the 2010 universal coverage roadmaps. Although quite a few countries have achieved the 2010 universal coverage targets for at least one intervention, other countries will continue to need support to reach the targets in 2011 and beyond. Countries will still need assistance to maintain universal coverage and re-orient their programmes in order to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Given the changing environment at the global and country levels, 2010 represents an important reflection point for the HWG to review how it can best support countries going forward to meet the new challenges.
View Draft Agenda
Launch of the RBM Progress & Impact Series reports in Nigeria
2 December 2010, Lagos, NIGERIA : - Friends Africa hosted a successful launch of the Roll Back Malaria Progress and Impact Series reports at the Eko Hotel. The reports were launched by the Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The event was attended by members of the media, important Nigerian governmental, and non-governmental organizations including the Nigeria Malaria Control Program, Nigerian Youth Assembly and Association for Reproductive and Family Health.
More info on the launch on the Friends Africa site
More info on The Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Awarded by the Roll back Malaria Partnership and the UN
30 November 2010, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations in South Africa co-hosted a special evening event last night in Sandton in recognition of Yvonne Chaka Chaka for her work as RBM Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for those affected by malaria.
On behalf of RBM Partners, Her Excellency Mrs. Nompumelelo Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa and Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, together with representatives from UN agencies and the Global Fund to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, presented a special award to Yvonne.
Professor Agostinho Zacarias, UN Resident Coordinator for South Africa and The Minister of Women, Children & Disability, Ms. Lulu Cingwane talked about the importance of MDGs and women and children's health to the 400 guests in attendance, including Ms. Zanile Mbeki, Former First Lady of South Africa. Dr Tiny Mhinga, Yvonne's husband and their children spoke of how proud they were of her commitment and example to help those without a voice.
The evening event featured the screening of the social documentary The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women which documents the challenges women and girls face in Africa. "Yvonne, you are an inspiration. Your voice and leadership have contributed to put malaria, a once neglected health issue in the international spotlight and on the global health and development agenda" said Professor Coll-Seck. Yvonne thanked her family and many of her friends and renewed her commitment to the work of RBM Partners.
WHO calls on malaria-endemic countries to strengthen monitoring of antimalarial drug efficacy
18 November, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - WHO is calling on countries to be increasingly vigilant in monitoring antimalarial drug efficacy in order to allow for early detection of artemisinin resistance. This is one among several conclusions of the Global report on antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance: 2000–2010, released by WHO. The report is based on 1100 studies conducted by national malaria control programs and research institutes over the ten-year period.
The report estimates that only 34% of malaria-endemic countries are complying with WHO recommendations to routinely monitor the efficacy of first- and second-line antimalarial medicines.
Download the Report [in English]
View WHO Press Release
View Q&A on antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance [November 2010]
Mathematical Modelling report released at ASTMH meeting
6 November, Atlanta, USA: - Mathematical modelling to support malaria control and elimination, the fifth report in the RBM Progress & Impact series, was released on Sunday, November 6th, at the 59th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in Atlanta, USA. The report was presented by lead author Nakul Chitnis (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute) during the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda Symposium, which focused on defining key knowledge gaps and tools needed in order to achieve the ultimate goal of malaria eradication.
The report introduces mathematical modelling to the malaria community and public health decision-makers, and expands the dialogue on priority decision-making and when and how modelling can help. During his presentation, Dr. Chitnis discussed how key data obtained from mathematical modelling is being used to understand disease dynamics, devise control strategies, and inform policy development in the fight against malaria.
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Senegal Achieves Significant Results in Malaria Control
4 November 2010, Dakar, SENEGAL : - Senegal's malaria control efforts have enabled the country to significantly reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality, according to Focus on Senegal, a report released today by the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) as part of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Progress and Impact series.
Senegal's health minister, the Honourable Modou Diagne Fada, summarized the results as follows: "Senegal's northern areas could be malaria-free in the next few years. Indeed, some districts have already achieved this impressive goal, with less than one case of malaria per thousand people at risk. This is the first time that our country has achieved a level of malaria control that put malaria elimination within reach."
"This improvement puts Senegal on par with Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, who have also significantly alleviated the burden of malaria. The experience of these countries shows that strong political will, adequate and predictable funding, programmatic action based on scientific evidence, and a well-coordinated multi-sectoral effort are the key factors of success" said Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, during a press conference held in Dakar.
View RBM Press Release [in English] [in French]
Download the Report [in English] [in French]
PAHO Celebrates Fourth Annual Malaria Day in the Americas, Recognizes Malaria Champions
On November 4, PAHO celebrates Malaria Day in the Americas with a forum – "Counting Malaria Out: Promoting Best Practices and Collaboration" – and confers recognition on the three finalists for the "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2010" Award.
10th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP 2010)
3-7 November 2010, Accra, GHANA The International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP) held its 10th Annual Meeting in Accra, Ghana from 3rd to 7th November, 2010 under the theme "Pharmacovigilance in the Global Village". The meeting was aimed to examine pharmacovigilance practices across the globe with a view to sharing best practices, highlighting common challenges and developing broad principles for dealing with them.
View the report
Canadian Parliamentarians support fight against Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis and call for continued commitment
November 3, Ottawa, Canada : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership co-hosted an event on the health MDGs with the Parliamentary Caucuses for Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis with UNICEF Canada in Ottawa. RBM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka presented her social documentary "A Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women" followed by a panel discussion on the health MDGs. The co-chairs of the parliamentary caucuses representing the three diseases and panel speakers expressed their shared commitment to partnership and urged the Canadian government to continue commitment to MDG 6, particularly malaria. The event was attended by members of parliament, government agencies, NGOs, academia, the private sector, community and press.
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RBM Partners meet to review global advocacy strategy on malaria
28 October, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA : - More than 50 Partners representing 29 different organizations convene in the Ethiopian Capital for the Sixth RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) meeting. Consultations will focus on the development of a global malaria advocacy strategy and on outreach efforts in developing countries.
West Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (WARN) annual review and planning meeting
25-29 October 2010, Accra, GHANA : - The WARN annual review and planning meeting is taking place in Accra Ghana from 25-29 October 2010. The meeting will bring together representatives of the 16 west African countries and partners to review progress against the 2010 Universal Coverage Roadmaps and develop new roadmaps for 2011.
5th International Conference on Artemisinin
14 October, Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR : - The 5th international conference on artemisinin, which was held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, ended today. This conference, with the theme "Artemisinin, medicine for the future" brought together artemisinin producers from China, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, as well as producers of artemisinin-based drugs which are prequalified by the World Health Organization.
The participants, all having a stake in artemisinin production, acknowledged and enjoyed the climate of growing confidence. More than in previous years, artemisinin extractors and API and ACT producers shared key information they had previously considered confidential, thereby helping to increase artemisinin market intelligence and ACT market stability.
United Nations General Assembly Debate on Malaria Confirms Need for Continued Commitment to Malaria Control
14 October, New York, USA : - The General Assembly, the U.N.’s main decision-making organ, held a joint debate on malaria and the development of Africa today.
Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th General Assembly, opened the debate. He said, "the achievement of the goals of the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) has an impact on almost all the Millennium Development Goals. The issue is critical: every year, almost 1 million people fall victim to malaria, mainly in Africa, and this is simply unacceptable".
Several delegates highlighted the success of malaria control efforts in their countries, while stressing the need to scale up efforts to eliminate this preventable and treatable disease. Donor countries were urged to continue to promote Africa’s human and economic development, and deliver on their promises.
The President of the General Assembly also championed this message. He added: "It is important to support the efforts of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which are good examples of partnership and coordination".
Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates Germany for its commitment to support R&D for diseases of poverty
10-13 October, Berlin, GERMANY : - At the World Health Summit held in Berlin this week, Dr Helge Braun, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, announced Germany's decision to fund a research and development initiative for neglected tropical diseases and other infectious diseases such as malaria, meningitis and diarrhea, which kill millions of children in developing countries every year. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds this commitment. Investing in the development and delivery of new, appropriate health tools for the poor is key to ending the neglect of neglected diseases and meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
View presentation of Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Central Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (CARN) meets in Kinshasa
11-15 October, Kinshasa, DRC : - Participants from 8 Central African countries and Regional Partners are attending the CARN annual review and planning meeting from 11-15 October 2010 in Kinshasa, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). The objectives of the meeting are to review progress against the 2010 Universal Coverage country roadmaps and to develop new roadmaps for 2011.
More info on CARN
More info on 8th CARN Meeting
Kigali hosts East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) meeting
4-8 October 2010, KIgali, RWANDA : - More than 120 regional participants in the fight against Malaria met in Kigali to review and plan for measures on strengthening Malaria surveillance in high and low burden countries, review progress and plan for 2011-2015.
View Meeting recommendations
More info on EARN
More info on 11th EARN Meeting
Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes US$ 11.7 billion commitment to the Global Fund, but calls for greater efforts
6 October, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes the commitments announced at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s replenishment conference in New York yesterday, but urges donors to fill the funding gap and save millions more lives.
More than 40 countries, faith-based organizations, foundations and corporations promised over US$ 11.7 for the next three years to fund health programmes for the three diseases. While these pledges are a testimony to the Global Fund's effectiveness in alleviating the burden of disease in developing countries, a funding shortfall of US$ 8.3 billion still remains, which, unless corrected, will result in millions of preventable deaths.
View The Global Fund Press Release
RBM Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) Meeting
4-5 October, Geneva, Switzerland : - The Roll Back Malaria vector control working group met to review challenges and experiences in scaling up vector control methods and to shape the scope of their work.
Workshop on Procurement and Supply Management for Malaria Products
28-30 September, Accra, Ghana : - More than 80 participants from 20 African countries met in Accra for a 3-day joint Global Fund/RBM workshop on implementation bottlenecks. Ministers of Health, National Malaria Control Programme Managers, pharmacists and procurement officers met in peer-review groups to share experiences and lessons learned on procurement and supply management processes. The country-to-country peer-review format proved to be extremely effective: participants left the workshop having acquired critical knowledge that will help them improve the impact and reach of their national malaria control programmes.
More info on PSMWG
Second Malaria Vaccines for the World Conference
28-30 September, Washington DC, USA : - Experts gathered in Washington DC on Tuesday to attend the Second Malaria Vaccines for the World Conference, where RTS,S, a promising vaccine against malaria's deadliest strain, was a major focus. Joe Cohen, a GlaxosmithKline researcher who co-invented RTS,S, said that advanced trials of the RTS,S vaccine are going "very well", and that the data from these trials will be available in 2012. He also added that the implementation of the vaccine in Africa could be delayed if funding for a wide-scale launch is not available once the vaccine has successfully completed testing.
Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes new pledges for Millennium Development Goals
Disproving expectations that the global financial crisis would erode commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), leaders attending the United Nations MDG Summit in New York last week announced new money and new strategies to reduce world poverty, hunger, and disease by 2015.
Canada, France, Japan and Norway announced major increases in their financial support to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2011-2013.
At an event gathering heads of state and other high-level decision makers, the UN Secretary-General launched The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which attracted 40 billion $US in pledges. "You can count on the United States and the Obama administration for the success of this initiative," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.
At a special MDG side-event entitled Bridging the Malaria Gap, the UK announced that spending on malaria would increase to reach 500 million GBP per year by 2014.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds these efforts, and expects firm commitments from all stakeholders, particularly donors. Delivering on these promises will help millions of people break the vicious cycle of poverty and disease, and will represent significant progress towards a more secure and just world.
Partnership Workplan Review meeting
22-24 September, Geneva, Switzerland : - A three day meeting is being held in Geneva to update and revise the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership Workplan. Twenty-five participants from all working groups, the Sub Regional Networks and the Secretariat are meeting to identify outputs that will support malaria control partners in achieving GMAP targets on universal coverage and elimination. Special attention will also be paid to enhancing means of communications within the partnership by informing the Knowledge Management Strategy development undertaken by a RBM Board Subcommittee. The meeting is being chaired by the UNDP board member, Sabine Beckmann.
United Nations Summit on Millennium Development Goals
20-22 September, New York, USA: - Although the world possesses the resources and know-how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), gaps remain in the technical, financial and political support secured so far to reach these goals. With only five years left until the 2015 target date to reduce global poverty, hunger, and disease, world leaders are gathering at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20-22 September to agree on, and commit to, concrete steps to ensure success.
Malaria advocates are playing a key role at the Summit. Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), Mr Ray Chambers, the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, Senegalese singer Mr Youssou N'Dour, and other RBM partners are participating in high-level events to convey the message that investing in malaria control is a cost-effective solution for reaching six of the eight Millennium Development Goals.
Also attending the Summit is Yvonne Chaka Chaka, RBM Goodwill Ambassador, who will show her movie, The Motherland Tour - a journey of African women, to an eminent group of First Ladies, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Chief Executive Officers, Ambassadors, heads of agencies, journalists, and other high-level decision-makers.
The Motherland Tour highlights the challenges and successes in maternal and child health on the African continent, and demonstrates how the empowerment of women is at the heart of the development goals, particularly the ones focused on poverty, health, and education. More important, Ms. Chaka Chaka, once an anti-apartheid activist, has been using the film screenings to call donor countries to replenish the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and to help redress global inequities.
Yesterday, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his decision to provide 1.4 billion US$ to the Global Fund for 2011-2013. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat applauds this pledge, and urges world leaders to follow his example.
The United Nations MDG Summit is only one stop on Yvonne Chaka Chaka's whirlwind advocacy tour, which will take her to Accra, Addis Ababa, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, Kigali, Kinshasa, London, Los Angeles, Lusaka, Paris, and Washington D.C.
More info on MDGs Summit
View The Global Fund Press Release
Annual malaria review and planning meeting for Southern African countries
13-18 September, Zanzibar, Tanzania : - Countries in the RBM Southern African subregion held their Annual review and planning meeting in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Participants shared experiences and best practices, reviewed the impact of their national malaria programmes, and finalized their national malaria action plans for 2011 - 2012.
View Meeting's concept note
Exclusive screening of Yvonne Chaka Chaka's Social Documentary
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 September 2010 : - Over one hundred special guests, including ambassadors and other dignitaries, attended an exclusive screening of the new film by RBM Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, in Geneva. The event was hosted by Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM with the support of Michel Kazatchzine, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS; Jorge Bermudez, Executive Secretary, UNITAID, and colleagues from the GAVI Alliance and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Following the screening of the film on maternal and child health in Africa, Yvonne hosted an interactive discussion with the audience on the key issues for improving maternal and child health in Africa, including the need to focus attention on the three main diseases of malaria, TB and AIDS and the replenishment of the Global Fund. The event was hosted in the week before the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York , a critical event when decisions will be taken which may well determine if the MDGs can be achieved.
New Report shows investment in malaria prevention paying off: hundreds of thousands of children's lives saved
Washington DC, 14 September 2010 : - A new report confirms that the current global investment in malaria control is saving lives and that further increases in funding will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health. Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals – authored by Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, WHO and PATH and published today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)– reveals that the lives of almost three quarters of a million children in 34 African countries are estimated to have been saved in the past 10 years, through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy.
The report estimates that an additional 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 if the world continues to increase investment in tackling the disease.
Download the Report: [in English] [in French]
View Web Annexes: [in English only]
View LiST tool description (RBM Toolbox): [in English] [in French]
View Report Flyer: [in English] [in French]
View Technical Summary: [in English] [in French]
View Press release: [in English] [in French]
RBM meetings at the Sixtieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
30 August 2010, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea : - At the Sixtieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, Mr Kapembwa Simbao, RBM Board Chair and Minister of Health of Zambia convened with 10 African Health Ministers, members of the RBM Board to debrief the decisions recently taken by the RBM Board and follow-up on a Ministerial commitment to ban oral monotherapies.
At a separate side event, Dr Richard N. Kamwi, Minister of Health of Namibia and RBM Board member facilitated a discussion on progress of the Elimination 8 initiative, launched in 2009.
Benin pushes ahead with malaria control activities
26 August 2010, Cotonou, Benin : - A week-long, nationwide malaria awareness-raising campaign was launched by the Health Minister of Benin at the Frendship Stadium at Cotonou. Supported and attended by government and municipal authorities, technical partners, NGOs and international organizations, this initaitive seeks to draw attention to the importance of this health issue and to encourage Benin's at risk populations to actively seek and use prevention and treatment commodities and services.
Roll Back Malaria Partners in the UK highlight progress on malaria on World Mosquito Day
20 August 2010, London, UK : - On World Mosquito Day, RBM partner Malaria No More (MNM) spotlights UK’s lasting legacy and leadership in the fight to end malaria deaths.
World Mosquito Day was created on 20th August 1897 to mark a ground-breaking discovery made by Sir Ronald Ross, a British doctor working in India who first attributed malaria transmission to female mosquitoes. Dr. Ross went on to become the first British national to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for medicine in 1902.
View MNM's film about British leadership in malaria research and development
DFID launches consultations on malaria
12 August 2010 : - As part of its efforts to help reduce malaria in the developing world, the UK Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) has just launched a 12-week expert consultation on reducing malaria in the developing world. The consultation will gather the views, opinions and experiences of experts and activists around the world to help generate an accurate picture of outstanding challenges and existing solutions in different countries. The information received through the consultation process will be used to build DIFID's action plan by the end of the year.
Between 2008 and 2009, DFID spent more than £150 million on malaria. Half of this funding was channeled through bilateral country programmes. Eighty percent of the bilateral aid was focused on Africa.
The consultation will run until 25 October 2010. To participate in the consultation, please take a survey or provide specific feedback by email
H.E. Simbao, Goodwill Amb. Chaka Chaka Call Upon African Leaders at AU Summit
28 July 2010, Kampala, Uganda : - The Ugandan capital was the host city of the 15th Assembly of the African Union that saw 37 Presidents and Heads of State come together to discuss and assess progress on addressing the challenges facing the continent.
The summit's theme of ''Maternal, Infant and Child Health'' acted as a unifying element for all delegates, irrespective of which country or organization they originated from.
RBM's Board Chair H.E. Kapwemba Simbao, Minister of Health of Zambia, attended the summit and stressed the critical link between the malaria response and maternal and child health.
In his remarks to the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), H.E. Simbao expressed his support to the ‘Actions for Accelerated Achievement of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Development in Africa’, a series of actions adopted by the AU to ensure achievement of the health MDGs 4, 5 and 6 by 2015.
H.E. Simbao also suggested to further strengthen the ties between ALMA and RBM and to liaise closely with the Chair of the ALMA Board.
Renowned singer and RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka called upon Presidents to muster the political will needed to move beyond declarations and commitments to implement tangible progress on all diseases.
"You are presidents because of those women and those children. Those are the people who put you in power," Chaka Chaka declared. "Africa has been released from the shackles of slavery, and we have our freedom. And what does freedom mean? Freedom means health, education, water, sanitation. Health is an investment," Chaka Chaka reminded the presidents.
AU Social Affairs Commissioner Bience Gawanas pleaded with heads of states to find the resources to bring Africa up to par with the rest of the world in caring for its mothers and young children.
"You are once again called upon to show that Africa can also provide quality service to the women and children of Africa. We have got a collective responsibility and we have to involve all our stakeholders also to take responsibility for the lives of women and children," Gawanas said.
Read the Call from Global Health Organisations
Read the Op/Ed by Presidents Museveni and Kikwete
RBM's Central African Network Steps Up Its Control Efforts
13-15 July 2010, Yaoundé, Cameroon : - A dozen Partners of the Central African RBM Network (CARN) gathered in the Cameroon Capital to address the effectiveness of their control interventions across endemic areas of Africa.
View meeting report [in French]
Parliamentarians Join Mali Prime Minister and RBM partners to Take Action against Malaria
13-15 July 2010, Bamako, Mali : - Chaired by the Prime Minister of Mali, Modibo Sidibe, an International Malaria Forum for Parliamentarians from West and Central Africa was held in Bamako from 13 to 15 July 2010.
Participants from twenty West and Central African countries and a dozen international institutions from Europe and the United States discussed progress in the fight against malaria and ways to galvanise further action to ensure strong results in countries. The forum, organized jointly by the National Assembly of Mali and "The VOICES of Mali," and supported by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Islamic Development Bank and others gathered malaria experts and advocates who will encourage and assist Parliamentarians to play a leading role in sustaining malaria control in the region.
Key speakers from the RBM Partnership, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the World Health Organisation, the Red Cross, the Academy for Educational Development, the Lutheran World Relief and other civil society and private sector partners discussed ways to increase national funding for health, remove taxes and tariffs from malaria commodities and ban ineffective medicines and artemisinin monotherapies.
View press release
RBM tackles parasite resistance to antimalarial drugs
6 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - 45 representatives of diverse RBM partner organisations gather in Geneva for a two-day meeting to discuss solutions to the problem of emerging resistance to antimalarial drugs as part of the annual meeting of the RBM Case Management Working Group.
View Agenda and List of Participants of the Fourth Meeting of the RBM Partnership Case Management Working Group (CMWG)
More info on CMWG
Commemorating 50th Anniversary of The WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES)
24 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - WHO commemorates 50 years of its Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES), established with the approval of the World Health Assembly in 1960. The programme serves as a reference for setting norms and standards for public health pesticides and their life-cycle management.
View WHO DG's speech
50 Years of global leadership prospectus
More info on WHOPES
RBM Mock TRP
22 June 2010 : -The Mock Technical Review Panel (TRP) proposal workshop is scheduled for 29th June -1st July 2010 in Dakar, Senegal. The mock TRP will allow for a comprehensive proposal review by recognized experts, as well as a peer review by colleagues from different countries.
View Workshop Draft Agenda [in English] [in French]
World Cup, a Win for All. Score against Malaria
11 June 2010 : - Like much of the world, Africa is mad about football. But in this year's World Cup in South Africa, there is more than glittering trophies at stake. Winning the game in Africa is about winning the fight against malaria.
YOU TOO CAN PLAY THE GAME
Find out how
African Ambassadors' event in Geneva
4 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - Roll Back Malaria Partnership Goodwill Ambassador and African singing sensation, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, was guest of honour at the African Ambassadors' Spouses Group charity gala in Geneva on Friday, 4 June. The annual event, attended by ambassadors and their wives from countries across the whole African continent, was dedicated to raising funds to combat malaria in Africa. Ms Chaka Chaka used the opportunity during her performance to ask the ambassadors for the continued commitment from their countries to tackling malaria, one of the key determinants for success of the Millennium Development Goals.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Congratulated on UNDP MDG Envoy for Africa award
4 June 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - At the African Ambassadors' Spouses Group dinner in Geneva, Dr Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, thanked Ms Chaka Chaka for her contribution to the evening and congratulated her on her recent award from the UNDP as a UN MDG Envoy for Africa. The MDG Envoy title was given in recognition of her tireless support to promote the achievement of the MDGs, including her work advocating for malaria prevention and control. Ms Chaka Chaka, who celebrates 25 years in the music business this year, is also one of eight African musicians chosen to perform the UN campaign song 'Eight Goals for Africa'. The song will be screened throughout the World Cup across tournament venues in South Africa.
Read UNDP News Release
RBM kicks off a two-month media partnership with Radio France Internationale (RFI)
31 May 2010, Paris, France: - A radio programme, featuring public service announcements (PSAs) on malaria, will be broadcast by RFI and other media channels during the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
Produced in collaboration with the United Against Malaria campaign (UAM), the PSAs include interviews with leading African footballers, such as Mamadou Niang, Stéphane Mbia and Jordan Ayew, all lending their support to the fight against malaria.
The media partnership between RBM and RFI is spearheaded by Prof. Awa Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director. Prof. Coll-Seck was featured in a one-hour live broadcast and blog on the RFI website on 31 May.
Visit the new malaria pages on the RFI website
View spotlight on malaria with Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Follow Internet dialogue with Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck
UN Special Envoy for Malaria addresses the World Health Assembly
18 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - Ray Chambers, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria, addressed the Sixty-third World Health Assembly today to honour the commitments endemic and donor countries made to the rapid scale-up of malaria-control interventions in 2009, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Chambers assured the Assembly that the UN Secretary-General's goal of universal access will be met as far as the delivery of nets is concerned.
Read the transcript
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Yvonne Chaka Chaka named as UN MDG envoy for Africa
14 May, Pretoria, South Africa: - The United Nations Development Programme awarded certificates of acknowledgement to the artists who recorded the MDG Song ‘8 Goals for Africa’ at a public ceremony, held at the Alexandra Township Stadium on May 14th 2010. The certificates, carrying the title of "UN MDG Envoy," were handed out to Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mingus, and the Soweto Gospel Choir for their role in supporting progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
View UNDP MDG News
Joint Ministerial Dinner in Geneva
14 May, Geneva, Switzerland: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership and United Against Malaria hosted a joint Ministerial Dinner in Geneva on 14th May. The evening celebrated the success of the UAM campaign across Africa and explored its sustainability beyond the World Cup in July. Ministers of Health from 17 African nations joined the dinner and watched highlights of the campaign, including public service announcements with well-known footballers committed to the fight against malaria. The campaigns demonstrated what can be achieved at country level through a working relationship between ministries of health, the private sector, national football federations, malaria control programmes and development partners.
Joseph Antoine-Bell, a three-times member of Cameroon's World Cup squad, acted as a Master of Ceremonies of the event and talked about his personal involvement in the UAM campaign.
The Board of the RBM Partnership Convenes for its 18th Meeting
12 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - The 18th Board of the RBM Partnership convened today to provide leadership around the issue of ACT resistance and to review the 2010-11 Partnership Work Plan. More than 40 ministers and senior officials from malaria-endemic countries will be expected to join the Board meeting's special session for African Union Health Ministers on May 14.
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View/download Day 1 presentations [PDF 1.2M]
Day 2 presentations [PDF 3.35M]
Day 3 presentations [PDF 1.8M]
RBM Harmonisation Working Group Meeting
10-11 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland : - Partners gathered in Geneva for the semi-annual meeting of the RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG) to address the achievement of universal coverage targets and country roadmaps.
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RBM Board: Results for NGO Constituencies elections (2 year mandate starting on May 2010)
Northern NGO Constituency
Dr Halima Mwenesi from Academy for Educational Development (AED) is elected as RBM Board Member
Mrs Rima Shretta from Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is elected as RBM Board Alternate
Southern NGO Constituency
Dr Akudo Anyanwu from Friends of the Global Fund Africa is elected as RBM Board Member
Dr Esther Tallah from Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria (CCAM) is elected as RBM Board Alternate
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East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) Meeting
3-7 May, Entebbe, Uganda: East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) brought together teams from 11 countries, who shared their experience in program reviewing and planning.
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Tanzania Leads 2010 World Malaria Day Commemoration in Africa
22 April 2010 : - President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete hosted commemorations of World Malaria Day in Africa on April 25 in Dar Es Salaam. Together with representatives from WHO and the RBM Partnership he acknowledged the urgency in meeting critical milestones in the fight against malaria in order to eliminate and eventually eradicate the disease on the continent.
View WHO Tanzania Newsletter
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World Malaria Day - A Day to Act
25 April is a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world. This year's World Malaria Day marks a critical moment in time. The international malaria community has less than a year to meet the 2010 targets of delivering effective and affordable protection and treatment to all people at risk of malaria, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
"SMS for Life" pilot increases availability of malaria treatments threefold at participating health facilities
21 April 2010 Geneva/New York: - In a report presented this week to the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership unveiled the results of the "SMS for Life" pilot in Tanzania. The project used mobile and electronic mapping technology to track and manage the delivery and stock levels of antimalarial drugs to health facilities in rural locations. At the start, 25% of all health facilities did not have any artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in stock, but by the end, 95% had at least one ACT dosage form in stock. In addition, 888,000 people in the three pilot districts had access to all malaria treatments at the close of the pilot, versus 264,000 people at the start, which helped to reduce the number of deaths from malaria.
View/download: the Summary Report
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On World Malaria Day 2010, Africa charts progress in counting malaria out – but major efforts still needed to reach global targets
19 April 2010, New York, USA: - The World Malaria Day 2010: Africa Update, is being launched today in New York by UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. The second in a series of RBM Progress & Impact reports, the update highlights that progress in Africa is on an upward and accelerated trajectory – with the period from 2004 to 2009 showing a 10-fold increase in global malaria funding from external sources to nearly $1.8 billion in 2009, a five-fold increase in global production of insecticide-treated nets to 150 million, and over a 30-fold increase in ACT procurement to 160 million.
View/ download the report [in English] [in French]
View RBM/UNICEF/MACEPA Press release in English, in French
RBM takes the fight against malaria to Canada's Parliament
16 April 2010 Ottawa, Canada: - Addressing Members of Canada's Parliament and Senators today, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, RBM Special Representative, Prof. Awa-Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership and Dr. Robert Newman, Director of the Global Malaria Programme of the World Health Organization highlighted recent progress in global malaria control efforts.
Dr. Coll-Seck made the case for sustaining political support for malaria control in Africa and globally by emphasizing the contributions that malaria control can make to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in particular those related to reducing child and maternal mortality. HRH Princess Astrid urged Canada's leaders to include malaria in the agenda of the next G8 Summit, which will take place in June. The Summit will be hosted by Canada and will focus on maternal and child health.
RBM Strategy Meeting in West Africa
12-16 April 2010, Bamako, Mali: - National control programme managers and partners in the West Africa Regional Network (WARN) gathered today for a five-day meeting to review progress against country roadmaps, as well as discuss development of new strategic national plans for 2011 to 2015.
More info on WARN
Partners Gather in Cameroon for their 2010 CARN Meeting
6-10 April 2010 Douala, Cameroon: - National Malaria Control Program managers of the eight countries representing the Central Africa RBM Network (CARN) meet in Douala, Cameroon to consult on their strategic plans towards achieving the 2015 malaria goals. Partners also review the current status of the implementation of the RBM Roadmaps.
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RBM Board elections in Lao
24 March 2010, Luan Prabang: - At the 14th Board meeting of the Asian Collaborative Training (ACT) Network for Malaria Prof. Huang Jiefu, Vice Minister of Health of the Peoples Republic of China was elected Board Member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership for 2 years, as from the next RBM Board meeting. The assembly of 11 ACT Malaria countries elected Thailand as Alternate Board with a 2-year mandate.
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Roll Back Malaria report confirms aid for malaria is working but predictable long-term funding is essential to achieve Millennium Development Goals
18 March 2010, Paris/London - A new report from the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership confirms that current investment in malaria control is saving lives and providing far-reaching benefits for countries. But it warns that without sustained and predictable funding, the significant contribution of malaria control toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) could be reversed.
Malaria Funding and Resource Utilization is the first in a new series of reports launched by the RBM Partnership to benchmark progress towards RBM targets and the Millennium Development Goals. The report, authored by WHO, UNICEF and PATH and published today, shows that external funding for malaria control by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, World Bank, and the US Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) totalled almost US$4.6 billion between 2003 and 2009. Since 2003 the Global Fund has provided two-thirds of all malaria control financing. By the end of 2009, the Global Fund had approved more than 200 proposals for funding from 81 countries and 6 multi-country grants, supporting programs that distributed 104 million mosquito nets and treated 108 million cases of malaria in accordance with national treatment guidelines.
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More info on Country Funding and Resource Utilization Report [in English] [in French]
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RBM Board member elected at IGAD Health Ministers Meeting
18 March 2010, Nairobi, Kenya - Sudan's Minister of Health, Tabita Sokaya, was elected as an Alternate member of the RBM Partnership Board at a meeting of the Health Ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). At present, Minister Beth Mugo of Kenya represents IGAD as RBM Board member.
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RBM Launches First Edition of its Progress & Impact Report Series
11 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - The RBM Progress & Impact Series is a collection of comprehensive reports benchmarking progress towards the RBM 2010 goals. It represents a strategic effort to secure increased commitment to malaria control among donor and endemic countries. The series is being developed through 2011 and will aggregate and analyse data on malaria burden, new tools and strategies. The first edition of the RBM Progress & Impact Series will be launched simultaneously in Paris and London on March 18, 2010.
Invitation to Paris launch
Invitation London launch
Details about the RBM Progress & Impact Series
WHO releases new malaria guidelines for treatment and procurement of medicines
9 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidelines for the treatment of malaria, and the first ever guidance on procuring safe and efficacious anti-malarial medicines.
WHO press release
Guidelines for the treatment of malaria: second edition
Questions and Answers
Good procurement practices for artemisinin-based antimalarial medicines
Global Fund report says malaria deaths can drop by 2015
8 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - Malaria may be eliminated as a public health problem within a decade in most countries where it is endemic, revealed the Global Fund's 2010 Results Report that was released today. These projections are based on the assumption that current rate of scaling up of health investments will be maintained and further accelerated.
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remarks by the RBM partnership
The Global Fund 2010: Innovation and Impact, Results Summary 2010
"Malaria - Blood, Sweat and Tears": Photo Exhibition at UN New York for World Malaria Day 2010
Photographs of Adam Nadel depicting the impact of malaria and progress made against the disease will be exhibited from March 15th to May 5th at the UN Head Quarters in New York. The exhibition was produced by Malaria Consortium with support from Vestergaard Frandsen, both members of the Roll Back Malaria Parrtnership, to mark a milestone year in which many countries will assess their progress in fighting malaria and scaling up existing interventions.
RBM partners plan for progress towards the 2010 malaria targets
18 - 25 February 2010, Johannesburg, South Africa - Malaria-endemic countries in Southern Africa and beyond and their international partners gathered in Johannesburg to plan and coordinate action towards implementing the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership work plan. In three workshops, organised by the RBM Partnership Sub-regional Network for Southern Africa (SARN), WHO and MACEPA, participants addressed key issues around planning malaria program performance reviews, updating current national strategic plans, monitoring country roadmaps and preparing for high-level reporting on achievements in malaria control over the past decade.
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Ten Countries Prepare for Malaria Elimination in Asia Pacific
17-19 February 2010, Kandy, Sri Lanka - The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) met for its second annual meeting from 17-19 February 2010 in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to adopt its new governance structure and 2010 work plan. APMEN is composed of ten countries that have established national strategies to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific region. Its main activities are focused on closing knowledge gaps through joint research efforts that address the elimination agenda, primarily for P. Vivax. Participants at the meeting, including from multilateral organizations, agreed that cross border control efforts and community engagement are key drivers to ensuring sustainable malaria elimination interventions.
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Private Sector and PMI Join Forces, Strengthen Angola’s Capacity to Control Mosquitoes
15 February 2010, Luanda, Angola - Top global companies and the President's Malaria Initiative are working with the Government of Angola on an intensive technical training program to arm the country's malaria fighters with state-of-the-art mosquito surveillance and vector control techniques.
By aiding the sharing of these comprehensive technical skills and best practices in mosquito monitoring and evaluation, as well as providing training on how to use the latest malaria control products, the private sector will help Angola, which reported more than 3.1 million cases of malaria in 2009, move more quickly toward reducing the disease's deadly impact.
Read GBC Press Release [in English]
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FIFA shoulders RBM and the United Against Malaria Campaign in the run-up to the Football World Cup
10 February 2010, Zurich, Switzerland - In an open letter to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), the President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Mr. Joseph Blatter, applauded RBM efforts to galvanize worldwide commitment to the global fight against malaria through football.
The United Against Malaria Initiative, supported by RBM, has united football stars, NGOs, foundations, governments, corporations and civil society to step up efforts to reach the 2010 target of providing universal access to mosquito nets, malaria diagnosis and effective medicine in countries at risk and help reduce deaths to near zero by 2015.
Paris accueille la campagne "Unis contre le Paludisme"
11 February 2010, Paris , France - MM. Roger Milla et Roger Zaba, légendes du football africain, ont présenté la campagne 'Unis Contre le Paludisme' à une conférence de presse le 11 février 2010 à Paris.
Cette nouvelle campagne a été initiée par VOICES et autres partenaires RBM pour sensibiliser l'opinion publique à l'occasion de la coupe du monde de football 2010 en Afrique.
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Abu Dhabi Grants US$ 25 million to Global Malaria Partnership
9 February 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - The Government of Abu Dhabi announced today a grant of US$25 million, over five years, to support the work of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Specifically to scale-up malaria control worldwide and contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.
Read RBM Press Release [in English], [in French]
RBM Partners Meet to Define the Way Forward in Malaria Vector Control
8-9 February 2010, Basel, Switzerland - More than 60 RBM Partners met in Basel for the Fifth Vector Control Working Group (VCWG-WIN) meeting to discuss the current and emerging issues for 2010 and 2011 in vector control. Intense discussions set the scene for the newly created workstreams to move the vector control agenda forward.
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Partners meet to set 2010 global malaria advocacy agenda
8 February 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - More than 40 RBM Partners met in Geneva for the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) to assess key international advocacy opportunities in 2010. Participants focussed on RBM Workplan targets and deliverables and tailored malaria messages to target audiences in recipient and donor countries.
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More than 2 billion people at risk of P.Vivax malaria in 2009
9-31 January 2010, Shanghai, PR China - Scientists from 11 countries, members of the Asia and Pacific Region P.Vivax knowledge-sharing network, gathered today to work on a common operational agenda for research and development policy to improve the effectiveness of control interventions against malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax.
Convened by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, CDC, China PR & National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan, the meeting called attention to the increasing frequency and severity of P.vivax malaria worldwide.
Controlling and eliminating P.Vivax malaria is one of the biggest challenges for achieving the ambitious targets, outlined in the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). Global estimates of morbidity related to P.Vivax malaria infection and relapse ranges between 70-80 million cases annually. The direct economic impact of P.Vivax malaria is significant as the disease affects adult, economically active populations in some of the world largest economies.
While important gains are being made in controlling the life-threatening P.falciparum malaria, research and development for P.Vivax control and elimination has been neglected for many decades.
To help advance research on P.Vivax in the Asia-Pacific Region, the RBM Partnership Secretariat highlighted two important RBM frameworks for research development at today's scientific meeting - the overall research agenda, outlined in the GMAP and the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA).
Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) Meeting
27 January 2010, Cuernavaca, Mexico - The RBM Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group held its 14th meeting to review progress made over the last 6 months and plan for the preparation and release of a series of reports on recent achievements and outstanding challenges in malaria control. Mexico and Brazil shared their experience with fighting malaria in the Americas.
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Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group (PSMWG) Meeting
20 January 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - Representatives from more than 40 partner organisations and endemic countries gathered today for the 5th PSM Working Group meeting of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Discussions focused on challenges and next steps in scaling up malaria commodities to reach the 2010 targets and achieving the RBM Partnership 2010-2011 Work Plan targets. Representatives of other RBM Working Groups also joined the meeting to ensure better coordination among the Partnership's different mechanisms.
United Against Malaria Celebrates African Cup of Nations
Partners Gather in Angola to Highlight Football’s Fight against Malaria and Launch United Against Malaria Public Service Announcements
7 January 2010, Luanda, Angola - As the country prepares to kick off the African Cup of Nations later this week, partners and supporters of the United Against Malaria campaign joined together in Luanda to launch several television spots, featuring an array of pan-African football stars, and United Against Malaria youth ambassador Charles Ssali.
Read UAM Press release in English
View the PSAs in English, French and Portugese