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Global Leaders commit to ending malaria at World Economic Forum

UN General Assembly Adopts New Draft Resolution on the Decade to Roll Back MalariaNew York, USA, 22 December 2008: The United Nations General Assembly met on Dec 22, 2008, to address the Decade to Roll Back Malaria for which it considered draft resolution number A/63/L.62. The text welcomes the Global Malaria Action Plan that, for the first time, provided a comprehensive strategy for combating the disease in the short, medium and long term. The plan also gives further impetus to internationally agreed targets of universal coverage of malaria interventions for all at-risk populations by 2010, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the disease.
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World Bank Commits US$ 1.1. billion to Combating Malaria in Africa

World Bank Commits US$ 1.1. billion to Combating Malaria in AfricaAbuja, Nigeria, 4 December, 2008: US$1,1 billion will go to malaria control efforts in Africa thanks to the World Bank's Malaria Booster Program. Building on prior successes, Phase II of the Booster Program will help expand bed net distribution, provide treatment to the rural poor and improve health systems in two of the highest-burden countries in Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. The World Bank will work with the Global Fund and other partners of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to implement RBM's Global Malaria Action Plan, widely endorsed by the malaria community.
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Global Fund Partnership Forum - RBM applauded for supporting countries

Dakar, Senegal, 10 December 2008: 500 delegates representing all stakeholder groups of the Global Fund gathered at the Fund's 2008 Partnership Forum to discuss ways to improve partner coordination at national, regional and global levels. Participants commended the Roll Back Malaria Partnership for its extensive country support effort in 2008. RBM helped mobilise US$1.6 billion in grants from the Global Fund for 14 malaria-endemic countries.
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Germany, a key player in tackling malaria, highlights Global Plan to save over 4 million lives by 2015

Germany, a key player in tackling malaria, highlights Global Plan to save over 4 million lives by 2015Berlin, Germany, 18 December 2008: At a conference organised by the European Alliance Against Malaria this week, Germany was highlighted as being a key player in maintaining focus in global health investments and subsequently meeting the Millennium Development goals.
The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) was presented by Prof Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, to a number of key policy-makers in Berlin where Germany's role in reaching the aim of defeating malaria was described as absolutely vital. The GMAP details how to accelerate action against malaria, across countries and regions, leading to elimination of the disease.
"Germany is the third biggest donor to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and is an increasingly important player on the ground in Africa tackling the disease," said Dr Coll-Seck. "Given the current economic situation, Germany's continued political and economic leadership is absolutely vital if we are to meet our objective of reducing malaria deaths to near zero by 2015."


Canada supports ground-breaking malaria treatment program in sub-Saharan Africa

Canada supports ground-breaking malaria treatment program in sub-Saharan AfricaWashington DC, USA, 2 December 2008: Population Services International (PSI) is launching a new comprehensive project that could dramatically reduce the number of African children dying every year from malaria. The program will provide free artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) given by local community health workers to poor children suspected of having malaria. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and led by the non-profit organization PSI in collaboration with TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases supported by UNICEF, United Nations Development Program, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
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Two diseases - one response
RBM pushes for integrating malaria control in HIV interventions at a health conference

ICASA 2008Dakar, Senegal, 2 December 2008: Seven Roll Back Malaria Partners called for integrating malaria control efforts in AIDS prevention and treatment at the International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA), a leading HIV forum.
"Integrated delivery of prevention tools is a win-win strategy for both the malaria and the HIV/AIDS communities," said Dr Thomas Teuscher, Senior Adviser at RBM. "It minimizes pressure on the existing delivery capacity in Africa, while improving use of multiple interventions by populations at risk."
Vestergaard Frandsen, one of RBM's private sector partners, presented its Care Pack, designed to provide protection from three of the world's deadliest diseases: malaria, HIV and diarrhoeal diseases. The pack, which was first introduced to community delegates during the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006, contains a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednet, condoms and a water purifier. It is now being distributed in antenatal care clinics, voluntary, counseling and testing centers and net distribution campaigns.
Other RBM partners, such as Friends of the Global Fund - Africa and the African Network of People living with HIV in Central Africa advocated for integrating NGOs capacity-building and malaria control measures in future Global Fund applications for HIV/AIDS. World Vision pushed for adding a malaria control component to current community-based activities for better access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
RBM partners, including Global Advocates, Voices, The European Alliance Against Malaria (EAAM), and the John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs collected substantial support for the global petition on "HIV/Malaria" launched at the 17th AIDS Conference in Mexico earlier this year. Drawing attention to the problem of co-infection with HIV/AIDS and malaria, the petition demands that insecticide-treated nets for malaria prevention become part of a health care package for people living with HIV/AIDS.
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APPMG launches a report on improving delivery of malaria control tools

APPMG launches a report on improving delivery of malaria control toolsLondon, UK, 17 December 2008: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG) released today specific recommendations for improved delivery of malaria control prevention and treatment as part of its fourth report, entitled "Delivering Malaria Control to Those in Need: How to Succeed in a Time of Renewed Hope".
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Faith Community Pledges Greater Collaboration on Malaria Elimination

Malaria: Scoping New PartnershipsWashington DC, USA, 16 December 2008: More than 50 high-level leaders from the faith, international development, and public health communities came together for the Leadership Consultation on Scaling up Faith Community Impact against Malaria. This special event was hosted by the new Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) to promote greater collaboration on malaria control among diverse faith groups and congregations.
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