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The RBM Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It provides a neutral platform for consensus-building and hammering out solutions to outstanding challenges in the implementation of malaria control interventions and strategies. It keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. Strengthened by the expertise, resources and commitment of more than 500 member organizations, the Partnership secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries.
More on RBM key facts & achievements
- Lead global initiative for forging consensus and for mobilizing and coordinating action and resources in the fight against malaria.
- Over 500 Partners, including all major funders (Global Fund, World Bank, UNITAID, USAID, UK/DFID, France, Gates Foundation, WHO, UNICEF, etc.) and alliances (ALMA, IFRC-AMP, MACEPA, MSF, MIM, etc.) working with endemic countries on malaria prevention and treatment.
- 28-member Board represents all 7 constituencies of Partnership (malaria endemic countries, donor governments, multilateral organizations, foundations, NGOs, private sector, research & academic institutions).
- Parent body for development and launch of Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) in September 2008, providing international blueprint for achieving the MDG-plus targets of universal prevention and treatment coverage, sustainable elimination, and - ultimately - eradication of malaria.
- Inclusive thematic mechanisms - subcommittees, working groups, task forces - ensure expert advice and consensus on malaria control strategies and interventions (advocacy, resource mobilization, procurement & supply of commodities, technical assistance, vector control, case management, forecasting of commodity needs, M & E, etc.), as well as tracking of GMAP implementation at global and country levels.
- High level advocacy has driven e.g. creation in 2008 of World Malaria Day (25 April); establishment of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in 2009 and African Parliamentary Forum on Malaria in 2010; United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign in 2010, and annual UN General Assembly resolutions calling on international community to support action against malaria.
- RBM Harmonization Working Group (HWG) assistance to endemic countries to access grants by Global Fund resulted in surge of grant approvals. During 2008-2010, some 55 countries were supported to develop malaria proposals and 64 of 96 (59%) of malaria proposals were successful, for a total of $2.8 billion over the first 2 years.
- Innovative funding and supply mechanisms conceived for accelerating access to commodities, e.g. Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria (AFMm), a global ACT subsidy managed by the Global Fund; Assured Artemisinin Supply System (A2S2), funded by UNITAID and implemented by a consortium of RBM Partners; NetGuarantee, launched by Malaria No More, guarantees payments to manufacturers to advance procurement and accelerate delivery of mosquito bednets; "SMS for Life" pilot project aims to reduce stockouts of essential malarial treatments in district health facilities.
- Over 326 million LLINs procured and distributed in countries during 2009-2011. Significant progress in provision of ACT treatments, Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT), and Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for pregnant women and infants.
- Endemic countries supported to develop strategic plans for GMAP implementation. 47 countries or territories in sub-Saharan Africa developed roadmaps to achieve the GMAP targets. Adoption by ECOWAS of regional strategic plan for malaria control and by SADC of Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) initiative. Promotion of cross-border collaboration featured launch of Trans-Zambezi, Trans-Kunene & MOZIZA initiatives.
- Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) published in 2011 to establish Ramp;&D agenda targeting the malaria parasite, followed by launch of Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) in 2012 to support research projects critical to malaria eradication.
- World Malaria Report 2012 notes high impact of control interventions on malaria cases and deaths in a lengthening list of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of 99 countries with ongoing transmission in 2011, 11 are in the pre-elimination phase, 10 in the elimination phase, and 5 in the prevention of re-introduction phase. 1.1 million deaths and 274 million cases averted during 2001-2010 due to malaria control and treatment interventions.
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Biography of Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré,
RBM Executive Director
Dr Nafo-Traoré brings to the RBM Partnership a wealth of expertise in maternal and child health, malaria control and health systems strengthening, as well as significant leadership experience in facilitating global, regional and country-level partnerships.
After distinguishing herself as the Director of an important sector investment program (SIP) and as Health Specialist at the World Bank in Bamako, she served as Minister of Health and also Minister of Social Affairs, Solidarity and the Elderly in Mali from 2000 to 2002. In 2003, Dr Nafo-Traoré was appointed as the first RBM Executive Secretary and later on as Director of WHO/RBM Department. She subsequently served as a WHO representative to the Congo and Ethiopia.
Over the past fifteen years, Dr Nafo-Traoré has helped strengthen the health sector in a number of countries across Africa. She has served the African health community in different capacities, including as President of the Assembly of ECOWAS Ministers of Health and member of different working groups and regional mechanisms.
In her recent positions, she facilitated efforts to implement the Paris Declaration on AID effectiveness and the UN reform Delivery as One initiative (2006-2012). She also nurtured a policy dialogue among ministries and diverse sectors of the society to anchor health in key national agendas and increase domestic funding for health. She worked with bilateral, multilateral and national actors to develop a health sector plan, which proposed, inter alia, strategies to manage a human resources crisis and improve health information systems.
As Head of a Sector Investment Programme, she oversaw a US$ 350 million multi donor initiative to support the implementation of a national investment programme in Health, Water and population and ensure that control interventions for major endemic diseases are rolled out in a coordinated and complementary fashion.
In addition to leading strategic efforts at the country level, she has provided strategic and technical guidance to global health initiatives and partnerships, including as Member of the Board of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) and as Member of the UNAIDS/WHO technical working group in 2001-2002.
Dr Nafo is currently a Board Member of the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria. Also a Board member of IVCC (Innovative Vector Control Consortium) and MMV (Medicines for Malaria Venture).
Dr Nafo-Traoré was twice awarded the national distinction of “Chevalier” and “Officer” de l'Ordre National du Mali, in 1996 and in 2007. She is a member of numerous professional associations and has authored a significant number of technical publications and studies.
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Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, executive director of Roll Back Malaria talks about her career and calls for a rights-based approach to development
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Europe1: Les carnets du monde Les enjeux de la lutte contre le paludisme en Asie du sud-est
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UN Radio : Malaria Progress report
ABC Radio Australia : Fears about drug-resistant Malaria
ABC Radio Australia : Drug resistant malaria in Africa
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UN Radio: Lutte contre le paludisme: les priorités de Nafo-Traoré
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BBC: Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM Executive Director, Guest of BBC Focus on Africa
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RCM Africa: (Vol.1, Issue 1 July 2012 - September 2012 Editorial) A chat with Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré [in English] (RCM Africa is a newsletter of the Regional Coordination Mechanism of United Nations support to the African Union and its NEPAD Programme)