25-26 November 2013, Yangon, MYANMAR: - The first-ever Myanmar Malaria Forum to engage the corporate sector was held in Yangon. Two-thirds of the more than 130 participants represented the private sector to discuss actionable steps to assist in reducing and treating malaria infections, with a focus on addressing emerging cases of malaria infections resistant to treatment. Myanmar carries one of the highest burdens of the disease in the Asia-Pacific region, with approximately 400,000 cases of malaria reported each year, and more than half of the population at risk of infection. The Forum was supported by the Ministry of Health and Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), and organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), in association with the Myanmar Health and Development Consortium (MHDC) and Myanmar Business Coalition on AID (MBCA).
22 November 2013, Abidjan, COTE D'IVOIRE: - Her Excellency the Minister of Health Dr Raymonde Goudou Coffie opened the 25th RBM Board meeting in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on Wednesday, highlighting malaria control as a priority intervention to overcome the socio-political crisis in her country. "In light of the challenges we face, the President and Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire have decided to make the fight against malaria a national urgency," the Minister explained to her counterparts and the 100 technical experts attending the conference. In Côte d'Ivoire, malaria accounts for 43% of all consultations in public health facilities, and for 26% of all hospital deaths. More than 90% of the 660,000 global malaria deaths occur in Africa.
Participants in the meeting addressed key Board issues, including the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm), the revision of the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP 2), an External Evaluation of the Partnership, and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure the fight against malaria will be maintained as a health and development priority.
More info on RBM Partnership Board
19 November 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomed acclaimed UK film writer and director, Mr. Richard Curtis, to Geneva to screen his film, Mary and Martha, which chronicles the epic journey of two mothers tragically affected by malaria and united in their resolve to combat the disease at home and abroad.
The screening was attended by over 100 guests, including Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva, diplomats and guests from partnering organizations. While in Geneva, Mr. Curtis also participated in a press briefing at the UN Palais to highlight the role of the creative community to raise the profile of key UN priorities, and met with key malaria stakeholders. Mr. Curtis is also known for his works Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Knotting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, and most recently About Time, among others.
More info from AFP
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On Wednesday November 13, during the opening of the 62nd Annual Meeting, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene the ASTMH President, David H. Walker, MD, chairman of the pathology department at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston honored Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer (ret.), U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) with an award for Extraordinary Leadership in the Fight Against Malaria.
This special award recognizes the outstanding leadership of Admiral Timothy Ziemer and also acknowledges the achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), one of the most successful U.S. government programs. PMI, which was introduced by former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, and endures under the Obama administration, underscores the shared belief that fighting for the health and wellbeing of people around the world is a bipartisan issue.
More info on ASTMH 2013 Awards
Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1
14 November 2013: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership has launched a communications package summarizing "Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1". French and English copies are now available at RBM Subregional Networks. The Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria (AMFm) was designed by RBM and, with funding from UNITAID, DFID, B&M Gates Foundation and CIDA, piloted by the Global Fund nation-wide in seven African countries. In just twelve months, it resulted in large increases in the availability of ACTs, decreases in prices, and increases in market share in the private sector, including in most remote settings. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership invites all malaria programmes and stakeholders to consider seriously the role of the private sector in their country as a source for care-seekers of antimalarials. They should also consider the possibility of introducing subsidy programmes or similar initiatives aimed at increasing the availability and affordability of ACTs (and possibly RDTs) through private channels. The RBM Case Management Working Group will shortly publish reports on the current knowledge about how to best introduce diagnostic testing into the private sector. To receive hard copies of the brochure and the flyer, please contact your Subregional Network Coordinators.
Read "Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1" [in English] [in French]
"Summary of Key learnings for malaria programme managers from AMFm phase 1" [in English] [in French]
More info on AMFm
WARN Annual planning and review meeting
4 November 2013, Abidjan, COTE D'IVOIRE : - NMCPs of sixteen West African countries have gathered in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to assess their national roadmaps for malaria control. Joined by stakeholders from the private sector and academia, as well as principal recipients, participants appraised the implementation status of PMI and Global Fund grants and prepared for the New Funding Model. The 2013 annual peer review of WARN countries featured an analysis by the Republic of Benin which presented its experience in applying the RBM Roadmap Tracking Tool to detect bottlenecks at an early stage.
Read the summary of Benin experience
Malaria Day 2013 in the Americas
5 November 2013: - The seventh Annual Forum to commemorate Malaria Day in the Americas will be organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and George Washington University (CGH) on November 6 in Washington DC. The meeting will gather health authorities and experts, academics, and the general public to raise awareness about recent progress made in combating the disease on the American continent. Of the 21 malaria-endemic countries in the region, 13 have achieved a reduction in malaria incidence rates of more than 75% between 2000 and 2011. Another 3 countries are on track to achieve a reduction of 75% by 2015.
RBM launches communication campaign to boost action towards 2015 malaria goals and targets
INVEST IN THE FUTURE, DEFEAT MALARIA is a three-year communication campaign aimed at boosting action towards 2015 malaria-related goals and targets. By highlighting and benchmarking against critical milestones, the campaign provides a window on political commitment, new investments and action taken to overcome new and ongoing challenges.
Malaria Fight Needs OIC Support
22-24 October 2013, Jakarta, INDONESIA : - The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation held its 4th session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers. Malaria figured squarely on the agenda of the conference, with a panel discussion on malaria eradication. Successful examples of malaria control and elimination in OIC states were showcased, including Turkey, Morocco, and Mozambique.
Dr Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, described global and natinal challenges to malaria elimination including the need for predictable funding, long-term human and technical capacity, and sustained vision, leadership and effort. She also highlighted a few additional examples of successful malaria control and elimination examples in OIC states showing the impact of working with the private sector, multisectoral inititatives, well-integrated malaria control interventions, and cross-border approaches. At the end of the session, an OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2013-2022 (OIC-SHPA) will be adopted along with its Implementation Plan. These two documents will provide a complete roadmap with specific measures and performance indicators for national actions and international cooperation to address the health related challenges in the Member States.
For more info view Oped by Dr Nafo-Traoré in the Jakarta Globe
RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka Honored in South Africa and Washington, D.C. for Humanitarian Work
On Wednesday evening,23 October, H.E. Ms Amina S. Ali, Ambassador of the African Union to the U.S., and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) co-hosted, in partnership with Diplomatic Connections magazine, a private dinner to honor South African singer and RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka for her work against malaria. The dinner, held at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., drew an intimate gathering of African Ambassadors to the U.S.
While celebrating the work of Ms Chaka Chaka, African Ambassadors in attendance also took the opportunity to recognize the U.S. commitment to malaria in Africa, including through the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer (ret), Global Malaria Coordinator for PMI, led diplomats and guests in a private discussion on the topic. Dr. Maryse Pierre-Louis, Lead Specialist for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank also highlighted its commitment to global malaria control efforts, while Dr. James Winship of Diplomatic Connections noted the importance of global health diplomacy to help drive progress against malaria.
This dinner comes just days after Yvonne Chaka Chaka was also featured on SABC3's 21 Icons South Africa program, celebrating the lives of extraordinary people who have helped create a better, more prosperous and just South Africa.
PSM Working group held their tenth meeting
16-18 October 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND : - The Procurement & Supply Chain Management Working Group of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership met in Geneva from 16 to 18 October 2013 to review progress with 2013 PSM priority activities and to develop an implementation plan for 2014.
76 meeting participants attended plenary sessions and received updates on PSM Workstream and partner activities including the new Procurement strategy of the Global Fund and the PSM approach related to the New Funding Model.
The meeting had the following objectives : 1) find a common Logistic Management Information System and requirements for commodities and develop a repository of LMIS tools, 2) refine opportunities and challenges for RDT harmonization, 3) identify ways for improving quality and value for money for insecticides/LLIN and options for enhanced global demand forecasts for LLINs 4) identify ways for improving and accelerating access to new ACTs and other antimalarial medicines and options for improving time span and accuracy of ACT/RDT forecasts.
View photos of the meeting on RBM Flickr
Public-private partnership success on malaria lauded at GBCHealth Africa Regional Conference
15 October 2013, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : - Malaria control investments bring such a high rate of return that they are an easy business choice for Southern African companies, according to business leaders who were sharing their experiences of tackling malaria at the Inaugural GBCHealth Africa Regional Conference, which opened in Johannesburg today.
“Malaria interventions give an internal return of 28 percent and are quite cheap compared to other business projects so there is not really any opposition from management. It makes business sense”, noted Elton Dorkin, Group Medical Consultant for Illovo sugar, the biggest sugar producer in Africa and one of the top 5 worldwide.
Boi-Betty Udom, Roll Back Malaria Secretariat, commented that establishing public private partnerships at local and national, as well as international, levels can help countries develop a strong and resilient network of partners to support sustainable programs that are partly insulated from unpredictable changes in global funding steams. This approach also helps to develop grass-roots community engagement that is essential for successful malaria control.
Other discussion topics at the GBCHealth Conference – the first Africa Regional Conference to bring regional business leaders together with UN agencies, government officials, and other partners to discuss concrete ways for business to increase their impact on health, particularly the MDGs – included how private sector and international organizations can work together to limit transaction costs for government in dealing with malaria and other diseases, including through use of WHO's one health tool.
“The private sector is the unsung hero of service provision because private individuals or small businesses are the first point of contact for most people for health care. Most governments have not made the most of this fact. It is time to mobilize the processes, products and skills of the private sector to properly support national health efforts. This [GBCHealth Africa] meeting should help us to start connecting the dots for improved collaboration and coordination,” noted the Dr Christine Kabesa, First Lady of Zambia.
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Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series Focus on South Africa
9 October 2013, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA : - Today the South African Department of Health and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) released a new report, the RBM Progress and Impact Series – Focus on South Africa. The report documents South Africa's decades long and successful fight against malaria and highlights SA's leading role in the goal to eradicate this disease which claims over 600,000 lives globally every year. SA's sustained and dedicated action has greatly contributed to the country meeting the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG 6), which calls on countries to reverse the incidence of malaria. Over the period 2000-2012, malaria morbidity and mortality declined by a remarkable 89% and 85% respectively from 64,500 cases to 6,847 cases and from 460 deaths to 70 deaths.
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Francophone Parliamentarians consider integrating malaria into HIV network
3-4 October 2013, Dakar, SENEGAL : - Dr Victor Makwenge Kaput, Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, was invited to provide a keynote speech on malaria at an annual meeting of the HIV/AIDS network of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie. The RBM Board Chair updated participants on the burden of malaria in Africa and the role of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and described how interactions between malaria and HIV/AIDS exacerbate morbidity and mortality of affected populations. “This is the first time an official body of la Francophonie has included malaria on its agenda, which opens up great potential for collaboration. Our partnership at the local level requires parliamentary support to sustain our work”, said Dr Makwenge at the end of the meeting.
Dr Makwenge's presentation prompted the network of parliamentarians to consider extending the scope of their work. A concept note proposing an expansion of their mandate to include malaria and tuberculosis will be developed and presented to the authorities of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie.
In recent years, the RBM Partnership has worked with parliamentarians in Nigeria, Mauritania, Zambia and Mali. Parliamentarians have a key role to play in the fight against malaria: they influence governmental decision making, endorse the budget, and can spearhead efforts to eliminate counterfeit drugs.
In July 2013, the RBM Partnership, together with UNDP launched a framework to encourage malaria policy makers and other practitioners to adopt a more holistic response to the disease and engage all sectors to take action against malaria.
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6th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria opens in Durban
7 October 2013, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA : - – Leading malaria experts and policy makers have gathered at the sixth Pan-African Conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) that opened on Sunday in Durban, South Africa. More than 1'500 researcher, public health officials, civil society activists and health workers will evaluate the state of the malaria epidemic in Africa and discuss the future course for malaria research. Briefing the wide range of malaria stakeholders present at the conference, the international product development partnership IVCC announced today it has identified new compounds that can counter insecticide-resistant mosquitos.
Visit 6th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference website
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RBM's United Against Malaria Campaign selected as Social Cause of Soccerex Africa Forum
30 September 2013 : - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership will join leaders from the football industry at the Soccerex Africa Forum in Durban (1-2 October) to highlight the power of football in the fight against malaria. Selected as an official cause of the forum, RBM's United Against Malaria campaign will be showcased through various activities, including a panel discussion on "Tackling CSR in Africa." RBM Goodwill Ambassador and UAM Champion, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, will also provide remarks at a private, high-level dinner with leading football industry executives and stakeholders on Monday evening, before the conference begins.
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RBM Partnership welcomes UK's £I billion commitment and calls for full replenishment of the Global Fund
1 October 2013 : - This week, as global leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the UK pledged a further £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) to the Global Fund over the next 3 years (2014-16). UK's pledge is the second-largest made by any government so far. It affirms UK's leadership in global health and sets an example for other current and prospective donors who will participate in the Global Fund's replenishment in December this year.
UK's contribution to the Global Fund will ultimately depend on other governments and donors pledging sufficient funding to meet the overall replenishment target of US$15 billion.
Earlier this month Nordic countries, including Sweden and Norway, pledged US$750 million for the 2014-16 period. In July France announced a contribution of US$1.4 billion to the Global Fund, while in April the U.S. announced a request for US$1.65 billion for the Global Fund in the budget for 2014, by far the largest commitment made by any country.
“We welcome the strong commitment shown by the UK, the US and France and encourage other key donors, as well as political and private sector leaders in endemic countries to work together to fully replenish the Global Fund in Washington D.C. this December,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. “Thanks to the Global Fund, millions of lives have been saved and transformed. A strong Global Fund can ensure the success of the fight against the three most pernicious diseases of our time.”
Responsible for over half of international funding for malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the Global Fund has supported countries to treat 260 million cases and deliver 340 million nets to those at risk of malaria, providing protection for 640 million people around the world.
Read Global Fund press release
Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria launched alongside 68th United Nations General Assembly
24 September 2013, New York, USA : - World leaders gathered today alongside the 68th United Nations General Assembly to launch an inclusive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which - despite tremendous advances - still kills an estimated 660,000 each year and poses a major challenge to development.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria calls for greater coordinated action among different development sectors to tackle the disease, which exacts its deadliest toll in sub-Saharan Africa.
View / download Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria
Read RBM / UNDP press release [in English] [in French]
More info on multisectoral approach to malaria
Leaders in margins of the UN General Assembly celebrate successes and call for increased commitment and resources for malaria control
22 September 2013, New York, USA : - More than 200 partners and guests gathered on the eve of the 68th United Nations General to reflect on the remarkable progress made in malaria control and recommit to accelerate the fight against the killer disease to meet the 2015 MDG deadline.
Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Mr Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and Malaria, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, H.E. Dr Mustapha Kaloko, African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, who read a statement on behalf of H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, called on assembled guests and dignitaries to increase domestic investment, sustain international support and develop innovative financing mechanisms to ensure endemic countries have the resources available to fight malaria.
The evening concluded with a live musical performance by RBM Goodwill Ambassador and Senegalese Singer, Youssou N'dour.
There can be no development without malaria control, global leaders say
16 September 2013 : - Global leaders from UN agencies and NGOs shed light on the vicious cycle of disease and poverty that malaria sets in motion in more than 104 malaria-endemic countries and territories in the world.
In short taped interviews, captured in New York in June 2013, thought leaders and malaria experts make a strong case for continued investment in malaria control as the path to defeating poverty and driving development. In the past decade, malaria control has yielded remarkable results but the progress that has been achieved so far can be undone quickly, if investment stalls. This is a time of opportunity: the lives and economic prosperity of nearly half of world’s population can be greatly improved, if defeating malaria remains a global priority.
RBM at Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
4 September 2013, Brazzaville, CONGO : - - On the occasion of the 63rd session of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), RBM Board Chair Victor Makwenge convened African Ministers of Health to review the 'Geneva Declaration on Strengthening Malaria Surveillance Systems' that 42 African governments adopted in May 2013. Country representatives from Mozambique, Malawi, Gabon, Congo and the Central African Republic used this opportunity to present their respective strategic plans for malaria control.
RBM Board Members and WHO/AFRO also discussed the preparation of the upcoming 25th RBM Board meeting that will take place in Cote d'Ivoire in November this year.
More info on Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
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RBM contributes to multisectoral ministerial consultations on maternal, newborn and child health
2 August 2013, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA : - The RBM Executive Director, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, and the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, chaired a session on the role of international organizations in multisectoral action in the context of the African Union's International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, held on 1 to 3 August in Johannesburg.
The session was part of a series of consultations with African ministers of health and other ministers to promote multisectoral policies on maternal, newborn and child health in Africa and take forwards the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health multisectoral strategy that the Africa Coalition on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health adopted in August 2011. In her remarks, Dr Nafo-Traoré reiterated the importance of multisectoral action in achieving maternal and child health objectives and informed the Ministers about the work that the RBM Partnership is taking forwards with key actors from non-health sectors to develop and implement an action framework for a multisectoral approach to malaria, following a consultation with various stakeholders that the RBM Secretariat and UNDP organized in July 2013.
Read African Union communiqué
Annual RBM planning meeting in Central Africa
29 July 2013, Duala, CAMEROON : - As the 2015 deadline approaches, national malaria control programme managers and partners from malaria-endemic countries in central Africa gather to review progress to date and develop strategies and plan for achieving the ambitious 2015 targets in a situation of reduced access to international donor funding.
More info on CARN
View Recommendations of 2013 CARN NMCPs annual review and planning meeting [in English], [in French], [in Spanish], [in Portuguese]
DRAFT Agenda of the Meeting [in French]
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New malaria intelligence gathering unit for 10 hardest-hit African countries
13 July 2013, Abuja/Geneva : - The Malaria Situation Room, a joint initiative that will provide critical malaria intelligence in support of ten African countries, was launched today at a special African Union (AU) Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Situation Room is spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, together with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Malaria, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The initiative offers urgent, strategic support to the 10 hardest-hit countries in Africa - Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Niger- as they strive to achieve the health-related MDGs and ambitious RBM targets of a 75% reduction in the number of new malaria cases, and near-zero malaria deaths before the end of 2015.
For more info read RBM press release [in French]
View Agenda of Malaria Side Event, Abuja 2013 [in French]
The Malaria Situation Room - Briefing Note [in French]
RBM highlights malaria fight at Abuja+12 Special Summit
10 July 2013, Abuja, Nigeria : - In the run-up to the Abuja+12 Special Summit of the African Union, to be held from 12-16 July, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners supported civil society’s inputs into a high-level political declaration, which is expected to reaffirm Africa’s commitment to health and the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.
To highlight achievements in the fight against malaria since the 2001 Abuja Summit and rekindle political will to step up ongoing malaria control efforts, RBM will represent the malaria community at an event, addressing heads of state and will present concrete initiatives for speeding up progress to ministers of health and heads of agencies.
The Abuja+12 Summit will review the status of African governments’ investment and national response to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other related infectious diseases and will adopt actions to intensify the fight against these diseases, including by ensuring universal access to services and strengthened health systems, especially for the poor and marginalized people.
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Global consultation on developing a multi-sectoral approach to Malaria
1-3 July 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND (UNDP/RBM) : - Leading international development experts meet in Geneva from 1-3 July to establish new schemes to include malaria control and elimination efforts into broader development activities. Experts from education, housing and urbanization, water management, food security and climate change will review what role their respective field can play in expanding the fight against malaria.
For more info read RBM/UNDP Media Advisory
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FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Supports 'Football Combating Malaria' Project
28 June 2013, Saly, SENEGAL : - FC Barcelona and Argentinean football star Lionel Messi arrived in Senegal to support the Aspire Academy's 'Football Combating Malaria' project, a humanitarian programme endorsed by the Leo Messi Foundation, which will see an initial 400,000 anti-mosquito bed nets handed out to young people and their families across Africa - helping to reduce malaria infection across the continent. The number of free bed nets distributed in Africa will then increase to one million every year.
Read SpeakUpAfrica press release
Read Messi's blog
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M&E expert community meets at 21st MERG meeting
27 June 2013, New York, USA: - Partners in RBM's Monitoring & Evaluation Group (MERG) hold their 21st annual meeting in New York to discuss country-level reporting on MDGs and Household Survey Indicators. Malaria surveillance systems currently detect only 10% of cases estimated to occur annually. Case detection rates are lowest in countries with the highest numbers of malaria cases. In 41 countries around the world which account for 85% of estimated cases, it is presently not possible to make a reliable assessment of malaria trends due to incompleteness or inconsistency of reporting over time.
Read Agenda of Twenty-first Meeting of the RBM Partnership Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG)
RBM supports effective malaria control at meeting of the Global Fund Board
18-19 June 2013, Colombo, SRI LANKA : - The 29th Global Fund Board met today to discuss its new Funding Model and the lessons learned from the first pilot countries, as well as address key governance issues. At a special panel discussion, dedicated to translating the latest scientific evidence into effective country-level malaria response, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM Executive Director, highlighted the importance of strong surveillance systems, quality data and rigorous and consistent implementation. She also urged flexibility in adapting to changes and new developments in malaria control. Together with Stop TB and UNAIDS, RBM hosted a reception in support of the Global Fund Replenishment and to welcome the new leadership of the Global Fund Board.
RBM partners to forge a way forward on malaria advocacy post 2015
10 June 2013, New York, USA : - A two-day high-level consultation, organised by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, aims to generate consensus about a common strategy to position the malaria fight in the global development agenda post 2015. The consultation includes representatives from across the Partnership's key constituencies and is expected to help generate stronger, evidence-based malaria advocacy. It will also guide partners on how to speak with a unified voice about key issues in the run-up to the 2015 malaria targets and in the context of a new post-2015 framework.
Read Message to Roll Back Malaria Meeting, Expresses Concern over Funding Gap Threatening Progress ‘Across the Board’ by UN Secretary-General
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Ministers sign the Declaration of Nouakchott to accelerate malaria fight in six neighboring countries
10 June 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: : - Six Ministers of Health have signed the Declaration of Nouakchott, agreed at a high-level meeting held in May in the presence of Dr Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Director Deputy of the WHO African Region. The Ministers of Health of the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad commited to accelerating efforts to combat malaria. The declaration calls on RBM to provide advocacy and strategic support to this initiative, urges WHO to provide strategic and technical guidance, and asks sub-regional organisations and Regional Economic Communities to help increase funding for health, as well as further explore opportunities for South-South cooperation.
Read Declaration of Nouakchott [in English] [in French]
New report analyses progress in rolling back malaria in Madagascar
6 June 2013, Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR : - The national Madagascan Roll Back Malaria Partnership has launched a new report that highlights the efforts made in the fight against malaria on this island state. The deployment of anti-malaria interventions in recent years has led to a significant increase in coverage of malaria prevention and treatment tools. At the national level 80% of households now own at least one mosquito net, which is an increase of 43% in three years. In the 91 districts covered by mass distribution campaigns (of the 111 in total), this percentage rises to 94%. Today, malaria is no longer the first cause of morbidity and mortality in Madagascar which is reflected in the improvement of national health indicators.
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Read the report online [in English] [in French]
RBM at TICAD V: "Malaria is a development issue"
3 June, Yokohama, JAPAN: - At a side event, cohosted by RBM, the Global Fund and other partners during the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), RBM Executive Director Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré and the Global Fund's Dr Mark Dybul highlighted the role of malaria control in Africa’s social and economic development.
The United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, who delivered a keynote speech at the event, acknowledged the progress made to date and encouraged continued commitment to malaria. "Roll Back Malaria has proven the power of partnerships to produce sustainable results" Ban Ki-moon said. "The Global Fund has demonstrated that strong and predictable support can ensure progress. […] Malaria must remain high on the global agenda in this final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals and as we look ahead to a post-2015 framework."
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RBM extends collaboration with the Confederation of African Football on malaria
29 May 2013 Mauritius: - At a FIFA Congress, held in Mauritius today, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) renewed its long-term commitment to the fight against malaria by signing an agreement, which designated the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign as one of the social causes for future football tournaments, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
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Roll Back Malaria Board Chair appoints Rt Hon Stephen O'Brien MP UK as Global Advocate for Malaria
17 May 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Roll Back Malaria Board Chair, Hon Victor Makwenge today designated the Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien, Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, as Global Advocate for the RBM Partnership. In this new role Rt. Hon. Stephen O’Brien MP will work with parliamentarians and other elected officials in malaria endemic countries to help reinforce political commitment to accelerating the fight against malaria in the countdown to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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RBM Board to discuss accelerating anti-malaria fight to meet the MDGs
15 May 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - Representatives of all eight constituencies of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership have gathered in Geneva today for the 24th meeting of the Partnership’s Board. Determined to make a tangible difference in the 900 days that remain to the MDGs and 2015 malaria targets, the Board will discuss strategic choices for boosting scale-up efforts in countries and ensuring that malaria control programmes remain appropriately funded and effective post 2015.
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RBM commits to improving management of malaria in pregnancy
13 May 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - At the two-day annual meeting of the RBM Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group, RBM Partners will plan for an expanded coverage with interventions that specifically target malaria in pregnancy (MiP). Despite clear gains in malaria control, use of MiP interventions, such as preventive treatment (IPTP-SP) and pregnant women sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) remains low. RBM partners participating in this meeting will focus on optimizing the delivery of key MiP intervention through the dissemination of technical guidance, fostering partnership between reproductive health and malaria control at country level and engaging key global and country partners in efforts to increase nation-wide coverage.
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Business leaders gather in Cape Town to promote the role of the private sector in fighting malaria in Africa
8 May 2013, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, together with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Friends Africa (and in cooperation with ONE) co-hosted a reception and corporate executive dinner in the margins of the World Economic Forum Africa in Cape Town to highlight the role of the private sector in advancing progress against malaria control in Africa. “We must ensure that private sector is on board as a sustainable partner in leading the innovation and funding necessary to fight combat malaria in Africa’’ said Dr. Brian Brink, Chief Medical Officer of Anglo American and Private Sector Delegation Lead on the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Amongst many others, guests included business leaders from Standard Chartered Bank, Coca-Cola, Ashanti Gold, Boston Consulting Group, Access Bank PLC and Nandos.
For more info read The business of malaria by H Verhoosel
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Malawi malaria report makes the case for investing in public health infrastructure
02 May 2013, Lilongwe, MALAWI: - A new report shows that recent investments in malaria control efforts in Malawi have helped reduce significantly malaria deaths and cases among children under five years of age. Launched by RBM partners, under the auspices of Malawi’s vice-president, H.E. Mr. Khumbo Kachali, the report reveals that malaria parasite prevalence dropped from 62% in 2001 to 20% in 2009. Between 2000 and 2010 under-five mortality decreased by 41%, from 188 to 112 deaths per 1000 live births.
Successes in the malaria fight have been attributed, in part, to the existence of a public network of antenatal care clinics, where preventive treatment for pregnant woment (IPTp) became part of antenatal care services (FANC). Another contributing factor was Malawi’s sound capacity to conduct operational research.
Malawi was the first country in Africa to start treating pregnant women with SP in 1993, nearly a decade ahead of the initial WHO recommendation, issued by in 2002. More than 10,000 health surveillance assistants (HSAs) have been trained to date to provide integrated community case management. These health workers live in the communities they serve and provide a broad range of health services including immunization, growth monitoring, disease control and investigation and water and sanitation, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.
Today’s report is the sixth country report in the RBM Progress and Impact series, dedicated to tracking progress in the global malaria fight. In addition to quantifying the successes in Malawi’s malaria control efforts, the report provides an analysis of how they were achieved and documents and shares good practice.
Flipbooks available on line: [in English], [in French]
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RBM applauds Australia’s leadership in the Asia-Pacific Malaria Alliance (APLMA)
29 April 2013 Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates the Australian government for the commitment it has shown to fighting malaria in Asia. RBM welcomes the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as co-chair of the newly formed Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and looks forward to contributing to its success.
Last year Australia sponsored a declaration about malaria at the East Asia Summit and leaders committed to a strengthened regional response to the urgent challenge of drug-resistant malaria. The decision to take a leadership role in the Alliance helps deliver on the declaration and the commitments made at Australia's Malaria 2012 conference.
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HRH Princess Astrid Commemorates World Malaria Day in Cambodia
25 April 2013 Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA: - In her capacity as Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium is commemorating World Malaria Day in Cambodia, at the invitation of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). On 25 April, the Princess participated in World Malaria Day celebrations with more than 2,000 community members and partners including H.E. Dr Mam Bun Heng, Minister of Health of Cambodia, and Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western-Pacific and Asia, in Beng Village (Kg Speu Province). Later in the afternoon, the Princess also participated in the launching of WHO's "Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in the Greater Mekong sub-Region" in Phnom Penh.
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RBM Partnership calls for smart investments in malaria
control to meet 2015 targets
Filling the US$3.6 billion gap for Africa alone needs strategic investments at all levels
25 April 2013 Geneva, Addis, Japan: - Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, speaking on behalf of hundreds of organizations in the global health partnership fighting malaria, called on donors to fully replenish the Global Fund in 2013 and on endemic countries to increase their domestic contribution to malaria control and use their malaria funding wisely and strategically.
The RBM Partnership’s Executive Director, Dr Nafo-Traoré highlighted the World Malaria Day Theme “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria“ and urged audiences in Geneva, Addis Ababa and Tokyo to help fill the global malaria funding gap of approximately US$2.8 billion each year and make extraordinary efforts to meet the 2015 targets for rolling back malaria.
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RBM Urges More Asian Investment in Malaria
HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium Visits Japan & Cambodia in lead-up to World Malaria Day
22 April 2013, Tokyo, JAPAN: - During a two-day visit in Tokyo, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), and Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM’s Executive Director urged leading government officials and members of the private sector to contribute to greater regional coordination in the Asia fight against malaria and increase investment in malaria-control efforts in the Asia-Pacific and Africa.
The Princess will also meet with members of the imperial family. This visit comes in the lead-up to the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), 1-3 June in Yokohama, where Japanese and African leaders will converge to tackle pressing African development issues.
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Leaders Gather at United Nations in New York for Malaria Lunch & Panel Discussion in Commemoration of World Malaria Day
18 April 2013, New York, USA: - In the lead-up to World Malaria Day, commemorated annually around the world on 25 April, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing Health MDGs and for Malaria, Mr Ray Chambers, co-hosted a malaria lunch and panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Attended by the diplomatic community, including Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, UN partners, members of the private sector, journalists and global health experts, this roundtable discussion addressed the critical funding needed to sustain the gains made in recent years against malaria and accelerate progress towards malaria targets and broader development agendas. Panelists included: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor for MDGs and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Mr Simon Bland, Chair of the Board, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Ms Joy Phumaphi, Executive-Secretary of ALMA; and Dr Thomas Teuscher, RBM Coordinator of Policy, Strategy & Governance and Senior Advisor for Policy. The panel was moderated by Ms Pamela Falk, UN Resident Correspondent for CBS News.
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RBM applauds the release of updated guidance on managing severe malaria
17 April 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - The World Health Organisation has released its revised guidance on diagnosing and treating severe forms of malaria and managing complications. The new publication, Management of severe malaria: A practical handbook, addresses clinical professionals in malaria-endemic countries, physicians in non-endemic countries, as well as health personnel in hospitals and health centres with inpatient facilities.
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RBM partners and the diplomatic community in Geneva commemorate World Malaria Day
16 April 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - On the occasion of World Malaria Day (25 April), leaders in the global malaria fight addressed ambassadors, diplomats and international civil servants at a working lunch, organised by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM).
The event called for more political and financial support over the next 3 years to achieve the 2015 malaria targets and the health-related MDGs. RBM Executive Director, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, H.E. Mr Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UNOG and Dr Hiroki Nakatani, WHO Assistant Director General urged participants to lobby for a fully replenished Global Fund in September 2013, as such an investment would enable sustained progress and help avoid disease resurgence. The panelists highlighted ongoing partner efforts to promote better use of existing funding and increase return on investment.
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RBM Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka calls for a fully replenished Global Fund
10 April 2013, Brussels, BELGIUM: - As the Global Fund's first replenishment meeting draws to a close, Roll Back Malaria Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, calls on international donors to accelerate the fight against the three global diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. From the digital pages of the "Big Push," Chaka Chaka also urges African leaders to "make good on promises to invest more in the health of their people."
Chaka Chaka has long used her music to fight malaria and other preventable diseases. She performed "Hearts on Fire," her malaria anthem, at the closing ceremony of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg. It is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. 70% of the proceeds will go to the United Against Malaria Campaign (UAM), which has already contributed half a million dollars to the Global Fund.
Read "Why back the Global Fund Now" by Yvonne Chaka Chaka
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Artist Karen Mok becomes RBM Champion in Asia
9 April 2013 SINGAPORE: -: Renowned singer and actress Karen Mok announced today that she intends to lend her celebrity voice to the global fight against malaria. During a press conference held alongside the World Health Summit Regional Meeting – Asia (WHSRMA) in Singapore, Ms. Mok was named a Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Champion. She will help ensure that malaria remains a priority on key international development agendas, particularly in her native Asia.
World Malaria Day is less than a month away
On World Malaria Day each year, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partner organisations unite around a common theme. Invest in the future: defeat malaria is the theme partners chose for the next three years to call attention to #thebigpush needed to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and defeat malaria in the future.
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UN Secretary General appoints Ray Chambers to secure financing for the health-related MDGs
01 March 2013 New York, USA: -The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds the UN Secretary General’s decision to appoint Ray Chambers of the United States as the Special Envoy for Malaria and for the Financing of the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In his new capacity, Mr. Chambers will collaborate with the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to promote and secure increased investment by the public and private sectors to achieve the health-related MDGs of child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases by the end of December 2015, the internationally agreed deadline for achieving the goals.
Islamic Development Bank to expand malaria elimination efforts
13 February, Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA: - The President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, met with Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at the bank's headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this week to explore investment opportunities to eliminate malaria in selected countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the founding institution of the IDB. Dr Traoré was a guest of the IDB together with Professor Ogobara Doumbo, Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center at the University of Bamako, Mali.
Several OIC Member States have successfully embarked on malaria elimination programs in the past, including Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Likewise, some of the sub-Saharan OIC countries where malaria risk is geographically limited and seasonal have recently reported fewer cases. At least 14 OIC countries are today working towards malaria elimination.
Universal malaria elimination in all OIC Member States was a target set by the 'First Islamic Conference of Health Ministers' (ICHM), held in Malaysia in 2007.
"Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria"
World Malaria Day Theme 2013 – 2015
13 February, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - World Malaria Day (April 25) is fast approaching. Each year, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners unite their advocacy efforts around a common World Malaria Day theme. As RBM zeros in on achieving the malaria MDG by 2015, partners have agreed on a 3-year theme to call attention to the big push needed in countries to end malaria: “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.”
The WMD theme provides a common platform for Partners to showcase their successes in malaria control, and unify efforts in the changing global context. As always, Partners are invited to add their own specific messages to reflect their particular area of focus.
This year Partners are also invited to support #thebigpush campaign by linking it to their World Malaria Day messaging and communications
Africa Cup of Nations ceremony sends life-saving malaria messages to millions
11 February, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: - As the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations drew to a close on Sunday evening, United Against Malaria (UAM) - an official social cause of the tournament - kicked off the closing ceremony with a debut performance of "Hearts on Fire" by RBM Goodwill Ambassador and UAM Champion Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Ms Chaka Chaka has donated this track to UAM and it is being promoted globally as the signature song linking malaria and football. Ms Chaka Chaka was joined by dancers from the South Africa Mzansi Ballet company, as well as 150 children from local townships, and traditional dancers from Lesedi for an exciting performance that celebrated Africa's progress against malaria and encouraged viewers to protect themselves from the deadly disease. The South African football legend Mark Fish joined Ms Chaka Chaka on the stage where they shared their personal experiences and commitment to the fight against malaria.
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AMP zeros in on continued net distribution in malaria-endemic countries
31 January, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - As funding shortages slow down the distribution of life-saving mosquito nets in a number of African countries, the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) is convening members of the RBM Partnership to strategize how to ensure the continued flow of nets to endemic areas. Discussions will focus around improving efficiency gains, extending net durability and planning for providing optimal international support to malaria control programmes in countries. RBM Partner institutions will identify needs in countries and coordinate roles and responsibilities.
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RBM to back better malaria vector control in endemic countries
28 January, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - A two-day annual meeting of the Vector Control Working Group at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) spotlights the latest evidence on effective malaria vector control management and provides RBM partners with a platform to develop plans for supporting effectively country efforts in 2013. Topical issues for discussions include capacity building for indoor residual spraying (IRS), insecticide resistance and entomological management.
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Global leaders in Davos promote accountability & transparency in advancing progress against malaria and other global health challenges
24 January, Davos, SWITZERLAND: - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the Center for Global Health & Diplomacy (GHD) co-hosted a reception and dinner in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos to highlight the importance of accountability and transparency to advance global health progress. HE Mr. Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium and RBM Special Representative, together with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on MDGs made keynote remarks. Guests included the Honorable Ministers of Health of Senegal and Nigeria, Honorable Minister of the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom, Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunication Union, and Executive Director of UNFPA, alongside distinguished participants from governments, businesses, NGOs, the UN and international global health community.
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RBM’s Princess Astrid of Belgium and FIFA President share views on vital link between football and malaria control
24 January, Zurich, SWITZERLAND: - HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), met with FIFA President Mr. Joseph Blatter and Secretary-General Mr. Jerome Valcke at FIFA headquarters to thank FIFA for lending its support to the fight against malaria. Together they explored opportunities for collaboration with RBM’s United Against Malaria campaign to harness the power of football to reach millions of people with lifesaving messages. “Football is much more than a game – it promotes team spirit and has the power to influence behavior and create lasting social change in all corners of the world,” said HRH Princess Astrid. “Football brings communities together… and can send a message of hope.”
FIFA interviews Princess Astrid of Belgium
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Campaign gets ready to kick malaria out at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
18 January, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: - As millions get excited about this year’s 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that will kick off tomorrow, "United Against Malaria" - a powerful campaign driven by Roll Back Malaria Partners – joins forces with African football stars and heads of state to distribute life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages throughout the tournament. As an official social cause of AFCON 2013, UAM has enlisted football icons including Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Pienaar, along with African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) heads of state including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Of Liberia, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Blaise Compaoré Of Burkina Faso, President Alassane Ouattara Of Cote d’Ivoire and President Yoweri Museveni Of Uganda, to lend their voices to the cause. PSAs featuring messages from these leaders and set to the African debut of RBM Goodwill Ambassador and UAM Champion Yvonne Chaka Chaka's "Hearts on Fire" single will air in 10 countries, and 75 billboards have been placed in 13 countries, ensuring millions will be reached with life-saving messages about malaria as they tune-in to see their favorite stars play in the tournament.
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Malaria monitoring and evaluation efforts gather pace
16-18 January, Harare, ZIMBABWE: - Strengthening the capacity of countries to conduct monitoring and evaluation of malaria in different transmission settings was at the heart of a two-day meeting of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners, participating in RBM’s Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group. National malaria programme managers from Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland gave updates on ongoing system strengthening efforts. Data collection tools and approaches were reviewed in view of addressing the current and future needs of malaria-endemic countries. A review of global indicators was followed by a discussion of the RBM Progress and Impact Series, launched in 2009 to keep track of the headway countries were making towards the 2015 malaria targets.
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Artemisin conference strengthens dialogue within supply chain to maintain malaria medicines on the market
15-16 January, Nairobi, KENYA: - Aligning the global demand for ACT medicines with the supply of artemisinin will be the commanding theme of a two-day international conference, organized with Roll Back Malaria Partners UNITAID, The Global Fund and the World Health Organisation. Launched in 2005, the International Artemisinin Conference convenes yearly the full spectrum of actors involved in the process of producing and delivering medicines for malaria. This year, 140 participants from 21 countries will discuss ways to shorten the lead time between assessing needs for treatment at country level and making the needed medicines available on the market.
Since 2004, more than 300 million treatments have been delivered to malaria-endemic countries each year. In early 2012, the number of ACTs delivered to countries reached a billion, half of which were delivered over the last two years.
"Thanks to this unprecedented scale-up, thousands of lives are being saved daily in endemic countries," said Dr Fatoumata Traoré, RBM Executive Director. In her opening remarks, she conveyed RBM's commitment to working closely with the Global Fund to ensure stability in the donor-driven artemisinin market.
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