Events archive: 2009
Below, you can find RBM Partnership and RBM Partners 2009 events that have been archived from the home page. For detailed information on featured events, please reference the monthly RBM e-update, to the right. Older events can be found on the right-hand toolbar Calendar of Events under their respective year.
Let's keep the momentum!
22 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland - On the eve of the festive season, the RBM Executive Director marks the progress achieved in 2009 and calls for intensified action to meet the 2010 targets for providing universal access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
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Malaria progress report shows that development aid for health is working
15 December 2009, Geneva, Switzerland - Significant progress has been made in delivering life saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).
View WHO Press release
Read/download the World Malaria Report 2009 from the WHO web site
RBM and China plan intensified collaboration in global malaria control
11 December 2009, Beijing China - The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and China's Ministry of Health have announced today plans to closely collaborate on implementing in Asia and Africa the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) for malaria control and elimination. A high-level delegation from the Ministry of Health in China met with RBM's Executive Director today to discuss ways to expand existing synergies.
View RBM News Release
UNICEF and partners praise new UN resolution on malaria, focus on next steps
New York, USA, 9 December 2009 - At a reception held at UNICEF headquarters in New York, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro as well as key members of the RBM Partnership praised a new Resolution on the global malaria response that was adpted by the UN General Assembly.
View UNICEF Press Release
UN Adopts New Malaria Resolution, Urges Action on 2010 Targets
New York, 7 December 2009 - The RBM Partnership welcomes the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/64/L.28 "2001-2010: a decade to roll back malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa" whose draft was adopted by consensus on December 7, 2009.
The resolution urges the international community, together with United Nations agencies and private organizations and foundations, to support the implementation of the RBM Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP). The GMAP is the first comprehensive blueprint for global malaria control and elimination.
"In adopting this draft resolution, UN member states have reaffirmed their commitment to tackle this disease and achieve the 2010 and 2015 malaria targets," said Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Partnership. "Malaria affects 3.3 billion people, half of the world population, and kills nearly 1 million per year. Most of those deaths can be avoided with the right mix of prevention and treatment," Prof Coll-Seck added.
In the resolution, UN member states call upon endemic and donor countries to strengthen national policies and to step up funding for anti-malaria programmes.
View A/64/L.28 Resolution
Search UN Official Document System - ODS
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Global Malaria Talks on 2010 Targets Set to Begin in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, 1 December 2009 - More than seventy malaria experts gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 3 to 5 December for the 17th Roll Back Malaria Board Meeting, including government delegates, representatives from business and industry, civil society organisations and research institutions.
The three-day gathering is an important mark in the global consultations on an ambitious and effective international response to malaria.
View Draft Agenda of The 17th RBM Partnership Board Meeting
SADC Commemorations Cite Public-Private Partnership RBM for Regional Success
13 November 2009 - This years' SADC Malaria Day (Friday 13th November) was commemorated in Ezuluini, Swaziland with high level attendance of 14 Health Ministers from the region, together with their respective malaria control programmes, including those of the military.
Notable speeches from MOH Seychelles Marie-Pierre Lloyd, stressed the importance of the public-private partnership embodied by RBM and attributed the good malaria control results achieved in the region to the effectiveness of the South African Sub-Regional Network (SARN).
Hon Minister Lloyd specifically acknowledged the success of those countries in their efforts to reach elimination, and championed all SADC countries for securing sufficient resources to reach Universal Coverage by 2010. The Global Fund Round 9 announcement made the previous week, confirmed successful proposals for Malawi and Mozambique. SADC Health Ministers adopted 2010-2011 SARN work- plan for the region.
A Campaign to Score Against Malaria Spotlighted in Brussels
Brussels, 16 November 2009 - Leaders from international organisations and EU institutions gathered in Brussels today to draw attention to the United Against Malaria Campaign in the run up to the World Cup in South Africa. High-profile figures including HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; Isabelle Durant, Vice President, European Parliament; Corinne de Permentier, Vice President, Belgium Parliament; Charles Michel, Belgium Minister for Development Cooperation and Karel De Gucht from the European Commissioner for Development have shown their unanimous support for the campaign.
View video clip from RTL web site
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UN Deputy Chief Hails United Against Malaria Campaign
New York, 12 November 2009 - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today welcomed the roll-out of the United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign at UN Headquarters in New York. The campaign aims at catalyzing football fans to build government support for the 2010 RBM malaria target of universal access to mosquito nets and malaria medicine. Launched early November in Ethiopia, UAM is being introduced to government officials in capitals around the world. It also echoes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call upon the international community to achieve MDG 6 that requires a near elimination of all malaria deaths by 2015.
Visit UAM web site
Global Fund approves US$2.4 billion in new grants
Addis Ababa, 12 November 2009 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Board of Directors has approved 17 out of 31 Malaria proposals, a total of US$ 609 million over 2 years and up to US$1.3 billion over 5 years.
Partners in the RBM Harmonization Working Group and other RBM mechanisms supported countries during the application process. Ten out of twelve Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria proposals were also approved in Round 9 which will improve access to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) - the most effective treatments today for malaria.
"Countries should continue be encouraged by this result. Substantial resources are being made available to help countries achieve impact against malaria. We are delighted with this announcement and will work even harder to support those countries who did not benefit from this Round. The Global Fund continues to be the greatest financier of malaria control and has taken on new and important initiatives, such as the AMFm, which will boost access to life saving drugs", said Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM Partnership.
View The Global Fund Press Release
100 million people more to be protected with LLINs to reach universal coverage
Geneva 05 November 2009 - Information from The Global Fund indicates that a total of US$ 336.1 million were recently disbursed for the purchase of 50.4 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) to procure to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
With technical assistance from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership at country level, the new Global Fund disbursements will help expand net coverage in five malaria-endemic countries, whose cumulative at-risk population is estimated at nearly 300 million people.
View The Global Fund Press Release
RBM Harmonisation Working Group Meeting
Nairobi, Kenya 29-30 October 2009 - RBM partners gathered in Nairobi for the semi-annual meeting of the RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG). The meeting improved coordination across the HWG and enabled effective information-sharing on country progress towards the 2010 target of universal coverage.
More info on HWG
World's Largest Malaria Conference Opens with Research Aimed at Eradication
Nairobi, Kenya 1 November 2009 - The world's largest malaria conference opened today with a call for substantial and sustained support for research to guide evidence-based policies and the development of new malaria tools, which together could save countless lives. The 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Conference brought together 2,000 researchers, health workers, public health officials, policymakers and activists from across Africa and around the world. Kenya's Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka opened the conference. The first MIM conference in four years, it highlighted the latest research in malaria prevention and treatment.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recently announced 76 grants of US$100,000 each to researchers in 16 countries, including South Africa and Uganda, for innovative ways to diagnose and fight malaria, as well as deliver more effective vaccines.
View MIM Press release
MIM Conference website
Discuss the conference on the Civil society World Malaria Day website
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Global Fund grant helps put bednets in every home in Nigeria
Geneva, 23 October 2009 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria announced today that a newly signed agreement will provide the resources for 30 million bednets, half the number needed to meet universal coverage by December 2010. Together, the newly signed malaria grants amount to the largest single malaria initiative ever signed by the Global Fund.
View the Global Fund Press release
Nigeria 2010 Roadmap
"United Against Malaria": using football to fight malaria
Zurich, 18 October 2009 - RBM revealed today a new campaign to fight malaria through football to an audience of 185 national football associations at a FIFA Medical Conference in Zurich. The campaign -"United against malaria"- will be officially launched this November but has already gathered a global team of supporters, including multilateral organisations, NGOs, foundations, governments, corporations, football stars and celebrities. It aims to reduce malaria deaths and cases through raising awareness through football during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond.
View UAM/RBM Press release
MMV receives $115 million from Gates Foundation
Geneva, 19 October 2009 - MMV has received its fifth and largest grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fund its Research and Development pipeline with an additional $115 million over the next 5 years. The grant supports MMV's ability to discover, develop and deliver affordable, safe, effective and innovative antimalarial drugs for vulnerable populations.
View MMV Press Release
Call for Nomination: RBM Southern NGO constituency
The RBM Partnership Secretariat issues a call for participation in the Southern NGO Constituency Support delegation for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board
Geneva, 15 October 2009 - Communications Focal Point, Southern NGO Board Member and Alternate will be selected from within the Support Delegation in mid November 2009 through a ballot process.
Closing date for all letters of interest: 15 November 2009.
Please send nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
View Call for Nomination
RBM publishes endemic country roadmaps to reaching universal coverage in Africa
Geneva, 12 October 2009 - Malaria-endemic countries in Africa have developed 42 roadmaps to achieving the 2010 Universal Coverage Targets, the RBM Partnership announced today. The roadmaps summarize and quantify country needs for commodities and technical assistance and highlight existing gaps. Developed through the support of the RBM's subregional networks and the RBM Secretariat, the country roadmaps will guide the Partnership's country support strategy for delivering malaria prevention and treatment interventions to all populations at risk by the end of 2010.
View 2010 roadmaps
Monitoring and Evaluation Workshops Organized by UNDP
Geneva, 30 September - 7 October 2009 - Two Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) workshops (English and French) for countries where UNDP is Principal Recipient (PR) of GFATM grants were held in Geneva from September 30 - October 7. In line with UNDP's priority to reinforce national ownership in GFATM implementation, as well as UNDP's commitment to an exit strategy, participants included UNDP GFATM project-related staff and national M & E counterparts from 24 countries. The goal of these workshops was to strengthen the capacity of countries to best utilize the performance-based funding system of the Global Fund. More specifically, the workshops focused on M & E principles and requirements of the Global Fund, M & E tools, and harmonization and alignment to national plans.
At the end of the workshops, country teams identified three priority areas to be strengthened and developed a one year time-bound, results-based, country specific follow-up plan by disease for M & E systems strengthening (MESS). Each country delegation also set one target to be reached in six months. UNDP will follow up on progress.
The evaluations for these workshops were very positive and the role of the GFATM M & E team, GFATM fund portfolio managers, and technical partners (Stop TB, Roll Back Malaria, UNAIDS and WHO) in assisting to formulate the agenda and facilitating many of the sessions was instrumental to the success of the trainings. A collection of resource documents stemming were compiled by the RBM partnership and the Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG). Staff from the WHO Global Malaria programme from the African sub-regions attended the workshops to provide technical support to the respective country delegations particularly in the country-specific MESS planning. They also facilitated a clinic on the new M&E toolkit on Malaria and the new surveillance guidelines.
SMS for Life initiative is launched in Tanzania
25 September 2009, UR Tanzania - "SMS for Life" Project Partners, Novartis, Vodafone, IBM and the Tanzanian National Malaria Control Program meet in Tanzania this week to launch RBM's latest initiative.
The SMS for life initiative is a new 'public-private' project that harness everyday technology to eliminate stock-outs and improve access to essential medicines in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the next 5 weeks more than 150 health workers from the three pilot districts of Lindi Rural, Ulanga and Kigoma Rural will be trained on how to use this new technology.
The overall goal of this project is to make sure that all malaria patients have easy access to the life saving antimalarials, (ACTs - Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies) and Quinine Injectables, when they need them.
If successful, this project could have far reaching beneficial implications for existing health systems. Stock outs of any number of essential health commodities could be eliminated and, for the first time ever, there would be visibility, timely tracking and improved management of supplies and prompt delivery to communities where they are needed most.
Global health partners gather in New York to honour the Global Fund
22 September 2009, New York, USA - A crowd of more than 200 people including high-level government representatives from dozens of countries and heads of UN Agencies gathered at a reception here tonight to celebrate the millions of lives saved though the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The reception was hosted by the the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), the Stop TB Partnership, UNAIDS and UNITAID.
The assembled dignitaries were greeted by fashion icon and public health advocate Christy Turlington Burns; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund and Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, songstress and public health advocate. Ms Chaka Chaka also treated the guests to a song, delivered a capella.
RBM was represented by the Executive Directort Dr Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Stop TB was represented by Dr Lee Reichman, leading champion in the global fight against tuberculosis, on behalf of Executive Secretary Dr Marcos Espinal. UNAIDS and UNITAD were represented respectively by, Executive Director Dr Michel Sidibe and Executive Secretary Dr Jorge Bermudez. Dr Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund was in attendance; as were Dr Jorge Sampaio, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Stop TB; and Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria.
The event took place amid the flurry of activity related to the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly this week.
African Heads of State unite to ensure UN malaria milestones are met
22 September 2009, New York, USA -African Heads of State and Government gathered for a landmark event at the United Nations on September 23 to commit their personal prestige and leadership to a campaign of historic ambition: to eliminate nearly all deaths from malaria on their continent by 2015. At the September 23 event, they launched the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) to provide a mechanism for achieving their goal.
View ALMA Press Release
Intermittent Preventive Treatment with Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine Reduces Malaria Episodes in Infants by 30%
17 September 2009, Barcelona, Spain - The Lancet today published results from a meta-analysis which finds Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in Infants (IPTi) with anti-malarial medication sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) has a protective efficacy of 30% (95% Confidence Intervals 19·8–39·4, p<0·0001) against clinical malaria, in areas of low to moderate resistance to SP during the first year of life.
"The evidence is very impressive and this adds another vital life-saving tool to the fight against malaria," commented Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We expect the impact of IPTi to contribute significantly to supporting global efforts to achieve universal coverage with all malaria interventions and help us realize our 2010 targets of reducing mortality from malaria by 50%."
View Lancet article
View IPTi Consortium Press Release
RBM Board reviews findings of an independent evaluation
14 September 2009, Annecy, France - Board members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) gathered for a two-day-long retreat to review findings of an independent evaluation of the RBM Partnership performance over a 4-year period (2004-2008). The report assessed the effectiveness of the Partnership's current architecture and made recommendations for strengthening specific Partnership's structures to reach the ambitious 2010 and 2015 malaria targets. The report, endorsed by the Board, will be publicly availalable by September 30. The report's recommendations will be reflected in the decision points submitted to the next RBM Board, whose next meeting is scheduled for 4 to 5 December 2009.
View participants' list
View RBM Independent Evaluation - Final Report [in English] [in French]
AMP Logistics Training
7-10 September 2009, Nairobi, Kenya - The Alliance for Malaria Prevention conducted a four-day workshop on mass mosquito net campaign logistics September 7-10 in Nairobi, Kenya. As African countries prepare to scale up nets by the millions to meet the 2010 goal of universal net coverage, partners recognize the importance of providing a forum where individuals engaged in planning and implementing distributions can enhance their logistics skills and share best practices. 40 logisticians representing over 20 African countries completed the training funded by Malaria No More and MACEPA.
View AMP Logistics Training Workshop materials on MNM website
Malaria control contributes to reduction in child mortality
10 September 2009 - The trend is attributed to successful programmes to immunize children, provide them with vitamin A supplements and the wide distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets – a key factor in the fight against malaria.
UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008. The data shows a 28 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate, from 90 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990, to 65 deaths per 1000 live births in 2008. According to these estimates, the absolute number of child deaths in 2008 declined to an estimated 8.8 million from 12.5 million in 1990, the base line year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
"Compared to 1990, 10,000 fewer children are dying every day," said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. "While progress is being made, it is unacceptable that each year 8.8 million children die before their fifth birthday."
View UNICEF Press release
New study highlights AMFm pilot results in Tanzania
2 September 2009 - The Public Library of Science ONE today published the outcomes of a pilot study on an ACT Subsidy undertaken by the Clinton Foundation in Tanzania. The final results demonstrate that a subsidy introduced at the top of the private sector supply chain can lead to lower end user prices for and increased uptake of ACTs for malaria treatment. After one year, the proportion of consumers purchasing ACT rose from 1% to 44% and the average price paid for the drugs fell to $0.58, equivalent to the most common alternatives. These results also highlight several issues that will need to be tackled as this approach is taken to scale, notably the challenge on ensuring consistent availability of drugs in remote areas.
View PLOS One article
Endemic countries in Central Africa hold RBM Board elections
1 September 2009, Kigali, Rwanda - At an RBM side event during the 59th WHO Regional Committee for Africa, malaria-endemic countries from Central Africa elected Angola as an RBM Board member and the DRC an Alternate Board Member for a period of 2 years.
Chaired by Cameroon, outgoing RBM Board member for Central Africa, the RBM meeting collected inputs from Angola, Burundi, Cameroun, Chad, Congo, DR Congo, Guinea Equatorial, Sao Tomé et Principe on challenges related to achieving the 2010 malaria targets. The eight Central African countries discussed the RBM Partnership structure, objectives and key products, as well as the RBM Board member's role and responsibilities.
African Health Ministers adopted a resolution reaffirming commitment to accelerating control efforts and eliminating malaria in the Africa.
Central African States Gear Up to Reach Universal Coverage by 2010
24 August 2009, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Ten Central African states gathered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to fine-tune their joint strategy for accelerating malaria control in the region. Participants attending the meeting reviewed progress made in 2009 and identified the key areas where assistance will be needed to reach RBM's 2010 universal coverage target. Co-organized by WHO and the RBM's Central African Network (CARN), more than fifty representatives from governments, multilateral and research organizations, the private sector and the donor community participated in the conference.
View Draft Agenda
List of Participants
High level RBM Partners assess malaria best practices in East Africa
17 August 2009, Dar Es Salaam, UR Tanzania - Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Luis G. Sambo, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Mr. Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Malaria, and Dr. Tachi Yamada, President of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, arrived in Tanzania on 16th August 2009 to make an assessment and experience the best practices in malaria control, to better understand the challenges in sustaining the gains in malaria control and to further advocate for more technical and financial support and lastly to assess the progress made in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Tanzania is considered to be one of the countries with significant reductions in malaria disease and deaths.
View Joint Press Release
Report for the EARN/UN special Envoy office Joint Mission to Uganda & Kenya 10-13 August 2009
RBM Board meets on independent external evaluation
12 August 2009, Geneva, Switzerland - The Board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will convene from 14 to 15 September 2009 to review the assessment of the Partnership's on-going external independent evaluation. The evaluation focuses on RBM's efficiency, governance mechanisms and capacity for impact over the next five years on the implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan.
Countries in West Africa to develop a roadmap for reaching the 2010 malaria targets
3-7 August 2009, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Malaria control programme managers from 16 West African malaria-endemic countries and RBM supporting partners met this week to review country programme implementation and develop the roadmap for achieving the 2010 targets. The outputs of this meeting will feed into the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership Workplan.
View Participants' list
RBM at Women's Forum on malaria in Western Africa
29-31 July 2009, Dakar, Senegal - At the 5th edition of the Annual Regional Women's forum, dedicated to achieving the health-related MDGs in West Africa, RBM highlighted the contribution that malaria control activities make to improving maternal and children health. Four eminent African personalities, including Prof. Awa-Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, received a prize for their contributions to African development (Mr Malamine KONE, PDG Airness; Mr Bola Ahamed TINUBU, Senator Nigeria; Mr Mamadou Makhtar GUEYE, Directeur de l'Intégration - Point Focal ECOWAS). The meeting was organized by the West African Women Association.
View RBM presentation
ECOWAS ministerial meeting spotlights malaria control
23-24 July, 2009, Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire - African Health Ministers highlighted key results in the global fight against malaria and pledged to sustain focus and increase financing for malaria control activities at the annual Assembly of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Reiterating their commitment to ending malaria, the ECOWAS Health Ministers issued an appeal to the international community to step up efforts to control, eliminate and eventually eradicate malaria. A presentation on the results achieved by the RBM Subregional Network (WARN) was delivered by the RBM WARN focal point.
An RBM election, chaired by Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM's Executive Director, was held as a side event to the ECOWAS Assembly. Mali and Liberia were elected as members of the RBM Board and Niger and Ghana as Alternate Board members.
View RBM presentation
RBM spotlights malaria at a high-level reception in New York
21 July, New York City, USA - Keeping malaria high on the global agenda was the theme that gathered diplomats, journalists and representatives of RBM partner organizations at a high-level reception, hosted by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat and the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ).
The evening's guest of honor, African singer and RBM Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, gave a short opening performance and urged high-ranking officials to step up efforts to combat a disease that continues to burden health systems and communities in Africa.
"I work to make the world hear the collective voice of the million people who die needlessly of malaria each year," she told journalists following her recent performance at the Nelson Mandela Concert in New York City.
"Malaria is a global health problem and journalists are an important part of the solution," said Gary Anthony Ramsey, President of NYABJ. "They are the bridge between African countries that lose $ 12 billion to malaria each year and those who have the power to change the course of things."
"Our goal at RBM is to help countries implement the Global Malaria Action Plan and reach the 2010 and 2015 malaria targets," explained Hervé Verhoosel from the RBM Secretariat. "Reaching these targets will help deliver broad health and development gains in Africa."
RBM partners support a SADC communication strategy for malaria
10-12 July, 2009 Windhoek, Namibia - 20 malaria control programme managers and advocacy officers from 14 countries from the South African Development Community (SADC) gathered today to share experiences and review best practices in advocacy and behaviour change communication for effective malaria control. Organised by MACEPA, this workshop is a first step towards developing a SADC strategy for advocacy and communication.
As more protective bednets, effective drugs and preventive treatment for pregnant women reach endemic countries through concerted partnership efforts, targeted communication is needed to increase correct use and keep malaria high on the political agenda of the region.
View Workshop Agenda
US President Barrack Obama: A New Moment of Promise in Africa
11 July, 2009 - On his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, US President Barack Obama highlighted his pledge of $63 billion to fight diseases. He reiterated: Across Africa, we see examples of people tackling these problems. In Nigeria, an interfaith effort of Christians and Muslims has set an example of cooperation to confront malaria...
Read "We will fight neglected tropical disease" – Partial Transcript from WHO website
Countries develop roadmap towards achieving Universal Coverage in 2010
9 July, 2009 Windhoek, Namibia - With a little more than 17 months remaining to achieve the 2010 Universal Coverage targets, participants from 21 East and Southern African countries malaria control programmes (Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) attended the meeting to review country programme implementation and develop the roadmap towards achieving the 2010 targets. The outputs of the meeting will inform the development of the 2010-2011 RBM Partnership Workplan.
New Africa Malaria Leadership Initiative announced at the G8
9 July, 2009 - At a critical moment in the global campaign against malaria, the G8's reaffirmation of its commitment to fighting the disease adds greatly appreciated momentum to our collective efforts...
Read Special Envoy on the G8 Statement
RBM urges action against malaria at the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council
6 July, 2009 Geneva, Switzerland - Improving global health is the focus of this year's high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) ongoing at the United Nations this week.
At a session called Partnerships in health - lessons from multi-stakeholder initiatives today Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, spoke about the economic value of partnership in malaria control and urged support for disease-specific health partnerships as a way of generating broad health and development gains and making progress on the MGDs.
Other speakers on the panel included Dr Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS; Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Special Advisor on Innovative Financing for Development and Chair of the Board of UNITAID; Dr Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Dr Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership; and Dr Natalia Imbruglia, Spokesperson for the Campaign to End Fistula.
Read Dr Coll-Seck's address
Draft ministerial declaration of the 2009 high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council, submitted by the President of the Council
More info from ECOSOC website
RBM puts spotlight on Malaria and Women's Health at G8 Parliamentarians Briefing
22-23 June 2009, Rome, Italy - A high-level G8 conference gathered over 60 parliamentarians to discuss how to make gains in women's health issues in times of economic crisis. Organised by Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Action Aid Italy, German Foundation for World Population and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, the conference tackled a wide range of reproductive health issues.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat described how malaria control interventions contribute to improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality.
View RBM presentation
More info on malaria and G8 from EAAM
RBM's Advocacy Working Group Gathers for its Second Annual Meeting 2009
Geneva, 18 June - The RBM Advocacy Working Group gathers for its second bi-annual meeting from 18-19 June 2009 in Geneva to agree on priority activities and outputs for the second half of the year. Participants from 24 different Partner organizations will advance partner coordination around national, regional and global level advocacy efforts.
View Meeting Agenda
WHO appoints new director of Global Malaria Programme
Geneva, 17 June - Dr Robert Newman has been appointed as the new Director of the Global Malaria Programme (GMP) and will join the team on July 17, 2009. Dr Newman was recently Deputy Chief for Science and Chief of the Program Implementation Unit in the Malaria Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What Role for the EU in Achieving GMAP Objectives?
Stakeholder Meeting on 17 June in Geneva - Malaria has been integrated into the European development agenda since 2005. With more than 50 percent of all contributions to the GFATM, the EU is the largest international donor in tackling this disease. To align the EU policy response to malaria, EAAM convenes a stakeholder conference to address the role the EU can play in advancing the implementation of the GMAP.
View Conference Agenda
More info on EAAM
RBM and the Global Fund review country plans to expand access to effective antimalarials
10 June 2009, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: - Representatives from malaria-endemic countries gathered in Tanzania today to discuss their plans for implementing the Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria (AMFm), an innovative financing mechanism designed to expand access to the most effective treatment for malaria, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs).
Countries participating in the AMFm's phase one will familiarize themselves with the proposed technical framework and distribution of roles and responsibilities and provide feedback on possible improvements and needs for technical support. The workshop is jointly convened by the Global Fund and the RBM's Harmonization Working Group (HWG) and Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG).
View AMFm Mock TRP Agenda,
AMFm Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Key Messages,
AMFm Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Agenda
Civil society website tells the story of fighting child malaria in Africa
8 June 2009: - In the run-up to the Day of the African Child (June 16), civil society organizations across the world share valuable resources on protecting and treating children in Africa from malaria.
To mark the Day of the African Child, SHARE your news releases, plans, success stories and interesting research and resources on children and malaria in Africa.
Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria: 2009 Annual Conference
Join leaders from the private sector, foundations, multilateral agencies, NGOs, as well as top global health and development officials from the Obama Administration at GBC's Annual Conference: Business Action on Global Health. Network with potential funding and project partners. Connect big-picture strategies, cost-sharing opportunities and front-line approaches that yield the biggest impact for health. Get answers on how to turn today's opportunities and knowledge into life-saving action.
The March of Washingtons Distributes $30,000 for Antimalarial Drugs in Uganda
Washington, D.C., 28 May 2009: - The March of Washingtons – the first broad-based campaign to increase access to high-quality antimalarial drugs in Africa has just made its first donation. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have been delivered to Soft Power Health's clinic in Uganda - recognized as having the highest malaria transmission in the world and currently facing a severe shortage of antimalarial drugs.
View AFM Press Release
Using Football Fever to Beat Malaria Fever
MOH Ministers Commit to New Campaign
Geneva, 14 May 2009: - At the close of the Roll Back Malaria Board Meeting last weeek over 20 Health Ministers were introduced to the exciting United Against Malaria campaign and the football fever caught on ! Both the Malian and Ghanaian Health Ministers challenged each other to bring their respective national teams to the June 6th qualifying game and declare their commitment to the campaign "opponents on the field: united against malaria".
More on Africa Union Ministers of Health Meeting [in English] [in French]
The Board of the RBM Partnership convenes for its 16th meeting
Geneva, 14 May 2009: - The 16th Board of the RBM Partnership convened today to review progress achieved in malaria-endemic countries to date and to address the challenges that partners presently face in their efforts to meet the 2010 targets for delivering prevention, diagnosis and treatment to all people at risk of malaria.
Nearly 50 ministers and senior officials of malaria-endemic countries joined the RBM Board meeting's special session for African Union Health Ministers to share information about national programmes and to align activities in countries with the global malaria control strategy.
View 16th RBM Board Meeting Agenda
RBM Partners gear up for meeting the 2010 malaria targets
Geneva, 13 May 2009: - Ministers and senior officials of malaria-endemic countries joined representatives of international and multilateral organisations, NGOs, academia, the private sector, donor countries and foundations for an information session in advance of the two-day 16th RBM Board meeting, which starts tomorrow.
The participants will address the challenges that endemic countries and their international partners presently face and allign efforts to meet the 2010 targets for delivering prevention, diagnosis and treatment to all people at risk of malaria.
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RBM partners harmonise efforts to accelerate progress towards universal coverage
Geneva, 11 May 2009: - More than 50 participants, representing different constituencies of the RBM Partnership gather in Geneva today for the semi-annual meeting of the RBM's Harmonisation Working Group (HWG). The meeting provides a forum for coordination across the HWG and for information-sharing on country progress towards the 2010 target of universal coverage.
Social business to promote health in Bangladesh
Ludwigshafen, Germany – 3 May, 2009: - BASF SE and Grameen Healthcare Trust announced the establishment of a joint social business venture-BASF Grameen Ltd-to improve the health and business opportunities of the poor of Bangladesh.
BASF Grameen Ltd. will start by utilizing two products from BASF's portfolio: dietary supplement sachets containing vitamins and micronutrients, and impregnated mosquito nets that offer protection against insect-borne disease.
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RBM partners prepare malaria-endemic countries for a net scale up
Nairobi, 4 May 2009: - Representatives from 9 malaria endemic countries gathered in Nairobi today for a four-day training workshop on expanding coverage with long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). Technical Officers from National Malaria Control Programs in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Kenya, Angola, Ghana, Rwanda and Somalia received targeted training on how to improve national planning of mass net distribution campaigns.
The Nairobi workshop is the last of a series of five country workshops, organized by the Alliance for Prevention of Malaria. Earlier this year, an additional 23 endemic countries received training at workshops held in Mali, Nigeria, DRC and Zambia.
Multiple RBM partners participated in conducting and facilitating the workshop series. Training was provided through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), VOICES / John Hopkins University (JHU), Center for Communication Programs, UNICEF, Population Services International (PSI), the World Bank, Malaria No More, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Malaria Consortium, Society for Family Health, USAID, Management Sciences for Heath (MSH), World Heath Organisation (WHO), The Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) at PATH, and other RBM partners, based in countries.
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Organization of Islamic Conference Calls on Its Members States to Tackle Malaria
Jeddah / Geneva, 22 April: - The Organization of Islamic Countries is concerned that 43 of its Member States are currently at risk from malaria. In this group 23 are rated as high burden countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that are in dire need of continued support to scale up for impact and achieve high levels of coverage with effective anti-malaria interventions. At least 14 OIC Member States are working towards malaria elimination based on the resolution adopted by the recently held Second Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers in Tehran.
View the Joint Statement of the OIC and RBM
New guidance on Malaria Elimination launched
Geneva, Switzerland, 24 April: - Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination, and its companion, Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Guide on Malaria Elimination for Policy Makers were launched by the Global Health Group of the University of California at San Francisco, on behalf of the Malaria Elimination Group.
The Malaria Elimination Group held its third meeting in Giessbach (Switzerland) this week. The agenda included updates from country and regional elimination initiatives, a celebration of the publication of the Shrinking the Malaria Map documents, and planning for MEG's next phase of work. The meeting was co-hosted by the Swiss Tropical Institute.
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$225 Million Partnership to Bring Effective Malaria Drugs to All Who Need Them
Oslo, 17 April: - An international partnership was launched Friday to put affordable life-saving malaria drugs within reach of millions of people, especially children, in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The new initiative will reduce the price of effective malaria drugs so they can drive older, ineffective drugs out of the market. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will manage the new initiative.
The initiative, known as the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, was developed through Roll-Back Malaria – a broad partnership of public and private institutions, such as the World Bank, UNICEF, the Dutch Government, the Global Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
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RBM and Princess Astrid of Belgium visit Gulf royalties and leaders to strengthen the region's commitment to the global malaria effort
Geneva 27 March: - A high-level RBM delegation, led by Prof. Awa Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director and Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, RBM Special Representative, begins a visit to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates today to make malaria a higher priority on the political agenda of the region.
Supported by Vestergaard Frandsen, the United Nations Foundation and Qatar Airways, the RBM delegation will meet with royal families and other key leaders and decision makers in the three Gulf countries to discuss the implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan, the globally agreed strategy for achieving control, elimination and eventually eradication of malaria.
Over the past two decades, the countries of the Gulf region have successfully reduced and, in several cases, eliminated malaria using an effective combination of prevention and treatment. Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan are the three countries in the region that are still focusing on ensuring effective malaria control.
RBM partners are working to maintain, share and spread successes from the Middle East elsewhere in the world, particularly in Africa, where the vast majority of malaria deaths occur.
RBM partners seek to strengthen community systems as a step to expanding delivery of malaria prevention and treatment
Geneva, 23 March 2009: - Nearly 50 participants from community and faith-based organizations, UN institutions, NGOs and the private sector, will gather in Geneva for a three-day meeting to discuss how to strengthen community systems and improve malaria prevention and treatment in communities. Lead by World Vision International (WVI) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will highlight the impact that strong community systems have on malaria control efforts and will offer a platform for sharing good practice from this field of work.
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Consensus on best practice for use in the development of Global Fund Round 9 malaria proposals and National Strategy Applications
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium renews commitment to Roll Back Malaria until 2010
Brussels/Geneva, 13 March 2009: - Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Astrid of Belgium announced her commitment to continue as Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) Special Representative and scale up her activities to support the global fight against malaria--one of the world's three major killer diseases.
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Statement by Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck
The Islamic Development Bank and the Global Fund join forces in the fight against malaria and other major diseases
Tehran 08 March 2009: - The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly support activities of IDB member countries aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and especially MDG 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
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SADC countries launch "E8" a cross-border partnership to eliminate malaria
2-3 March 2009. Windhoek, Namibia: - Ministers of Health in Southern Africa today launched a new sub-regional partnership that aims to eliminate malaria in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The E8 - (Elimination 8) - initiative brings together Ministers from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, four low-burden countries which have been targeted for elimination by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), to work closely with their counterparts in neighbouring Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, where malaria still has a serious impact on health and livelihoods.
View Statement by Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Mr Ray Chambers, for exceptional commitment and leadership after his first year in office
On 14 February 2009, Mr Ray Chambers completed his first year as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria. Mr Chambers has proven to be an invaluable advocate and strategist in the global malaria response. Mr Chambers played a key role in the development and launch of the UN Secretary General's call to achieve universal coverage by 2010; he also organized and hosted the MDG Malaria Summit in September 2008, which saw the unveiling of the Global Malaria Action Plan and garnered wide media attention and unprecedented political commitments. In addition, Mr Chambers was influential in the Global Fund Board's decision to invite countries to accelerate interventions and submit proposals that sought universal coverage by 2010. He regularly speaks to heads of government, other leaders, and an array of audiences, encouraging them to focus on obtaining rapid results and to treat the 2010 target as a deadline, not an aspirational goal. He also serves as an ex officio member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership congratulates Mr Ray Chambers for his tireless commitment and efforts.
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RBM Leadership Interview
Commemorating World Malaria Day 2009: "Counting Malaria Out"
The second World Malaria Day – 25th April 2009 – marks a critical moment in time. The international malaria community has merely two years to meet the 2010 Abuja targets and achieve universal coverage with all malaria interventions as called for by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) has articulated clearly what needs to be done and how Partners must collectively go forward to meet short, medium and long term goals.
Sumitomo Chemical donates 20,000 nets to citizens of Moheli, Comoros Islands
An ambitious mass drug administration pilot project aiming at malaria elimination on the island of Mohéli was carried out by the Federation of the Comoros in 2008. In a step to safeguard the reductions in malaria endemicity, Sumitomo Chemical has donated 20,000 Olyset nets, sufficient to provide universal coverage for all the inhabitants of Mohéli. The nets were received in a ceremony attended by the President of the Comoros Islands Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, as well as the Minister of Health, Bouchrati Abdoulhalim.
RBM partners meet to strengthen global advocacy on malaria
Geneva, 7 February 2009: More than 20 RBM partners representing different partnership constituencies met in Geneva for the 2009 Annual Meeting of the RBM Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG). Discussions focused on two key areas: streamlining the global malaria advocacy effort and developing a unified advocacy strategy for promoting the Global Malaria Action Plan, adopted in September 2008.
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Prof Coll-Seck, EXD of RBM Partnership, selected TED Fellow
Los Angeles, 4 February 2009: TED, a conference bringing together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more, today welcomed Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck as one of its speakers. As a former Minister of Health, medical doctor, mother of four, and now Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Dr Coll-Seck delivered short talks on the power of giving and the possibility for change, using as examples Ethiopia's progress in reducing malaria deaths and her own experiences in mobilizing the will and the funds to combat the disease.
RBM partners align efforts to scale up net distribution and use
Geneva, 4-5 February 2009: Expanding mosquito net ownership and use is the commanding theme of a two-day working meeting, organised by the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP), a subgroup of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
More than 90 RBM partners, including government, business, faith-based, humanitarian and UN organizations will gather in Geneva to report on progress in the mass distribution of long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednets (LLINs), as well as address challenges related to reaching the 2010 malaria targets.
Key discussion topics include identifying country needs, tracking net distribution, recuperating old nets, and putting in place communication strategies to support the Partnership-wide scale-up effort.
RBM partners seek solutions to commodity bottlenecks at country level
Geneva 2-3 February 2009: More than 30 RBM partners from UN agencies, the private sector, NGOs, academic institutions foundations and donors gathered in Geneva today to scope out RBM's contribution to the resolution of bottlenecks in procurement and supply chain management at country level.
Key discussion topics include LLIN and ACT bottlenecks, quality assurance of malaria commodities and the provision of continued RBM assistance to countries seeking Global Fund grants. The meeting sets in motion the development of a work plan for procurement and supply chain management for 2010-2011.
Malaria Capital Campaign Puts Business to Work
$100 Million Corporate Effort to Spur Progress in the Fight against Malaria
Davos, 2 February 2009: Leaders in the global business community announced today a private-sector initiative to apply sophisticated business skills to help end a global health crisis. The Malaria Capital Campaign will raise $100 million from the business community, philanthropists and sovereign states to help provide everyone at risk in Africa with anti-malaria tools by the end of 2010.
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Global Leaders commit to ending malaria at World Economic Forum
Davos, 31 January 2009: In spite of the worldwide financial crisis and grim economic outlook, global leaders met at the World Economic Forum this week ever more committed to ending malaria. At a special session entitled Completing the Malaria Mission, business magnates and public sector leaders discussed progress, upcoming challenges, and new initiatives to continue engaging the private sector in the implementation of the Global Malaria Action Plan. Participants included Peter Chernin, President of the News Corporation, Rex W. Tillerson, Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil, Luis Dias Diogo, Prime Minister of Mozambique, Daniel Vasella, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis, Rajat K. Gupta, Chairman of the Global Fund Board, and Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
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RBM clears ground for future malaria elimination
Barcelona 28-30 January 2009: As the RBM Partnership prepares to implement the Global Malaria Action Plan, partners from RBM's Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) gather to discuss ways to strengthen data collection and routine monitoring of malaria. Key discussion topics include survey and research needs, mapping malaria risk and global reporting with a view to elimination.
Nigeria strengthens Partnership to combat malaria
26-28 January, Enugu State, Nigeria: Nigerian National Malaria Control Programme Managers, Members of Parliament, government health officials, and Roll Back Malaria partners from within and outside Nigeria met to review progress and develop workplans to achieve scaling up for impact by 2010. Participants included the adviser to the UN Special Envoy on Malaria, the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, the Global Fund, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, the media, and many more.
Nigeria has 144 million people at risk of malaria, and shares borders with numerous other countries, making malaria control in this country essential to achieving regional and global Roll Back Malaria targets by 2010.
MSF calls on UNITAID to address shortage of artemisinin raw material
Lausanne, 27 January 2009: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on the UNITAID Board to address the shortage of artemisinin raw material in 2010 that puts the global scale-up of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) treatment at risk. Experts estimate a shortfall of approximately 40 tons of artesiminin starting material to produce an expected 240 million treatments needed in 2010.
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RBM partners launch a new malaria medicine to save children
Basel, 27 January 2009: Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and Novartis launch the first pediatric malaria cure that is dispersible, sweet-tasting and approved by a stringent regulatory authority. Coartem ® Dispersible was developed to meet a critical medical need. With the launch of this new child-friendly medicine MMV and Novartis have demonstrated the power of partnership.
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Coartem Dispersible - Saving Children's Lives Video clip
RBM applauds Obama's commitment to malaria
Statement by the Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck
Geneva, Switzerland, 20 January 2009: On the occasion of today's US presidential inauguration, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership welcomes Barack Obama for stating his intention to "step up US focus on prevention and treatment around the world" in order to "rid the world of death from a disease that doesn't have to take lives."
For the estimated 3000 children who fall victim to malaria every day and for those who survive to suffer its debilitating complications, getting access to a protective net and a dose of effective treatment, at the approximate cost of US$ 13, makes the difference between life and death and between economic opportunity and abject poverty.
Over the last decade, the US has shown strong commitment to changing people's lives around the world through record investments in improving global health. The five-year, US$1,2 billion effort to combat malaria, launched by the US President's Malaria Initiative under the guidance and leadership of Admiral Tim Ziemer, significantly expanded access to life-saving interventions, key infrastructure, and essential knowledge and know-how.
The contribution of the US government has helped endemic countries dramatically reduce deaths from malaria, thus bringing the international community closer to achieving global health and development goals.
Key actors in malaria control are now aligned behind the Global Malaria Action Plan, a universally adopted blueprint, which lays out the short , medium and long term strategies to control , eliminate and eventually eradicate malaria.
Today RBM Partners are poised to create a sweeping and lasting change in the lives of the 3 billion people at risk by providing universal access to life-saving interventions by 2010.
The new US government could champion that change and see its effects on half of the world's population in a single term of office. I am confident that President Obama's leadership will result in continuous US contributions to the global fight against malaria.
View Barack Obama: A Pledge to End Deaths from Malaria by 2015