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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 Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

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.

1.07.2014
USA TODAY supplement on "Innovations in Global Health" Malaria: The Silent Killer
[Interview]

25.04.2014
The Lancet Global Health Blog: Managing malaria in times of change
[Blog post]

25.04.2014
RFi "Afrique Économie": Le paludisme, un fléau pour l'économie africaine
[Audio]

25.04.2014
Media Planet (distributed with The Independent): Managing malaria in changing times
Opinion by Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria Partnership

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré25.04.2014
Les Echos: Malaria : notre objectif pour 2015 reste de ramener à zéro le nombre de décès
Interview [en français]

Winter 2014
Global Health and Diplomacy Stretching The Dollar For Global Health: Maximizing [Audio]

8.04.2014
RFi: "Priorité santé" L'implication des entreprises dans la lutte contre le paludisme
[Audio]

30.10.2013
Journaldumali.com: Un vaccin contre le paludisme dans trois ou quatre ans
[Article]

30.10.2013
Channel Africa Radio Interview: During the 6th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference in Durban, South Africa, Dr Nafo-Traoré speaks about what’s being done to prevent and treat malaria on an African level.
[Audio]

24.10.2013
Jakarta Globe For Moral and Economic Reasons, Malaria Fight Needs OIC Support
[Article]

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré4.10.2013
International Innovation – Research Media Ltd:What’s being done to prevent and treat malaria on an international level
[Interview]

15.07.2013
Libération La santé en Afrique : un secteur à fort retour sur investissement
[Round Table Discussion]

29.04.2013
Les Nouvelles de l'ONU Journée Internationale de lutte contre le paludisme
[Interview]

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré17.05.2013
Guardian Professional: 'Passion is absolutely critical if you want to be a good leader'
Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, executive director of Roll Back Malaria talks about her career and calls for a rights-based approach to development
[Transcript]

4.05.2013
PANA (via AfriqueJet): Distribution des moustiquaires imprégnées en Afrique
[Transcript]

25.04.2013
Huffington Post: Paludisme: une vue d'ensemble
[Blog post]

23.04.2013
Huffington Post: Malaria: The Bigger Picture
[Blog post]

10.11.2012
Europe1: Les carnets du monde Les enjeux de la lutte contre le paludisme en Asie du sud-est
[Audio and transcript] 29:30- 35:50

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré02.11.2012
UN Radio : Malaria Progress report
[Video] 00:39

30.10.2012
ABC Radio Australia : Fears about drug-resistant Malaria
[Audio]

30.10.2012
Journaldumali.com : Un vaccin contre le paludisme dans trois ou quatre ans
[Article]

29.10.2012
ABC Radio Australia : Drug resistant malaria in Africa
[Audio]

23.10.2012
Mali santé : Interview telephonique
[Transcript]

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré15.10.2012
RFi: RBM EXD Interview to RFi Dr Nafo-Traoré
[Part 1]
[Part 2]

28.09.2012
UN Radio: Lutte contre le paludisme: les priorités de Nafo-Traoré
[Transcript and audio]

13.06.2012
The Eagle Online: Malaria deaths in Africa reduced to one-third from 2000 figure
[Article]

05.09.2012
BBC: Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, RBM Executive Director, Guest of BBC Focus on Africa
[audio: MP3, courtesy of BBC]

19.07.2012
RBM: Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré Takes Office as RBM Executive Director
[in English] [in French]

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)

 

African Leaders & United Nations Secretary-General Highlight Malaria as Exemplary Investment for Development alongside EU-Africa Summit
3 April 2014, Brussels, BELGIUM

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at EU-Africa Summit 2014


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World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos 2014: Highlight Health in the Broader Development Agenda
22 January 2014, Davos, SWITZERLAND

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos 2014


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9th MAWG meeting
13-14 January 2014, Evian, FRANCE

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at 9th MAWG meeting


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RBM Retreat in Evian
13-14 January 2014, Evian, FRANCE

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at RBM Retreat in Evian


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RBM, ALMA & WHO Launch of the 2013 WHO World Malaria Report
12 December 2013, New York, USA

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at RBM, ALMA & WHO Launch of the 2013 WHO World Malaria Report


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RBM Partnership Workplan Consultative meeting
16-18 October 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at 10th RBM PSM working group meeting


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RBM Partnership Workplan Consultative meeting
16 October 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré and participants of RBM Partnership Workplan meeting


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6th MIM Pan-african Conference Opening
6-11 October 2013, Durban, SOUTH AFRICA

6th MIM Pan-african Conference Opening


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UNSE & RBM Malaria Reception in margins of 68th UN General Assembly
22 September 2013, New York, USA

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at UNSE & RBM Malaria Reception in margins of 68th UN General Assembly


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RBM & UNDP Launch of the Action Framework for a Multisectoral Approach to Malaria
24 September 2013, New York, USA

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré at RBM & UNDP Launch of the Action Framework for a Multisectoral Approach to Malaria


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RBM at Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
4 September 2013, Brazzaville, CONGO

RBM at Sixty-third Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa


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RBM highlights malaria fight at Abuja+12 Special Summit
13 July 2013, Abuja, NIGERIA

RBM highlights malaria fight at Abuja+12 Special Summit

Abuja+12 Special Summit Group photo
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Global consultation on developing a multi-sectoral approach to Malaria
1-3 July 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Global consultation on developing a multi-sectoral approach to Malaria


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RBM Meeting on Positioning Malaria in the Global Development Agenda: 2015 and Beyond
10-11 June 2013, New York, NY, USA

RBM Meeting on Positioning Malaria in the Global Development Agenda: 2015 and Beyond


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RBM at TICAD V: "Malaria is a development issue"
3 June, Yokohama, JAPAN

RBM at TICAD V


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24th RBM Board Meeting
15-17 May 2013, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012


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African Union RBM Breakfast in Commemoration of World Malaria Day, Addis Ababa
25 April 2013, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012


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RBM Delegation Visits Japan
22 April 2013; JAPAN

Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012


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Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012
16 April 2012, Geneva, Palais des Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012


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Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012
17 December 2012, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Information Session on the World Malaria Report 2012

Dr Nakatani, Dr Nafo-Traoré, Mr M Smitall at Information Session on the World Malaria Report at WHO HQ
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23rd RBM Board meeting
5-7 December 2012, Dakar, SENEGAL

23rd RBM Board meeting group photo

Dr Nafo-Traor briefs Ministers attending WHO Regional Committee éfor Africa
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62nd assembly of WHO's Regional Committee for Africa
23 November 2012, Luanda, ANGOLA

Dr Nafo-Traor briefs Ministers attending WHO Regional Committee éfor Africa

Dr Nafo-Traor briefs Ministers attending WHO Regional Committee éfor Africa
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Progress & Impact report launch: Defeating Malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe
2 November 2012, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Professor Graham Brown, RBM Board Member (left); RBM ExD, Dr Nafo-Traore (center); and WHO GMP Director, Dr Robert Newman

Professor Graham Brown, RBM Board Member (left); RBM ExD, Dr Nafo-Traore (center); and WHO GMP Director, Dr Robert Newman
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Malaria 2012: Saving Lives in the Asia-Pacific
30 October - 2 November 2012, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

RBM Executive Director  Dr Nafo-Traore provides remarks at opening plenary of Malaria 2012 summit

RBM Executive Director Dr Nafo-Traore provides remarks at opening plenary of Malaria 2012 summit
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Thai-Myanmar Cross-Border Collaboration to Strengthen Malaria-Control Efforts and Contain Artemisinin Resistance
28 October 2012, Bangkok, THAILAND

Dr Nafo-Traoré and Representatives of USAID, WHO, and the Ministry of health of Myanmar and Thailand opening the Thailand/Myanmar Cross Border meeting

Dr Nafo-Traoré and Representatives of USAID, WHO, and the Ministry of health of Myanmar and Thailand opening the Thailand/Myanmar Cross Border meeting
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Dr Nafo-Traoré and French First Lady Ms Valérie Trierweiler visit Kalembe Lembe, a children’s hospital in Kinshasa.
13 October 2012, Kinshasa

Ms Trierweiler and Dr Nafo

Dr Nafo-Traoré and French First Lady Ms Valérie Trierweiler
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Meetings during the UN General Assembly
24 & 27 September 2012, New York

UNGAS

ASEAN Secretary-General Mr Surin Pitsuwin & Dr Nafo-Traore
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Dr Nafo in Mauritania
3-5 September 2012

Dr Nafo in Mauritania

Dr Nafo-Traore
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Publications most requested

Multisectoral Action Framework for MalariaMultisectoral Action Framework for Malaria
[in English]
[in French]

RBM Annual Report 2012RBM Annual Report 2012
[in English]
[in French]
Read online

RBM Brand Guideleines
RBM Brand Guideleines

The Global Malaria Action PlanThe Global Malaria Action Plan [interactive web]
September 2008
Download GMAP
[in English] (7M),
[in French] (9M)

GMAP Executive Summary
[in English]
[in French]

The Strategic Framework for Malaria Communication at the Country LevelThe Strategic Framework for Malaria Communication at the Country Level
[in English]
[in French]
[in Portuguese]

RBM Progress & Impact SeriesRBM Progress & Impact Series
[in English]
[in French]