- The 32nd Global Fund Board Focuses on Impact and Discusses the First Learnings of the NFM
- Leaders at East Asia Summit Commit to a Malaria Free Asia Pacific by 2030
- 9th Annual Meeting of HHA Regional Directors to be held in Congo
25 November 2014: - The 32nd Global Fund Board Meeting was held in Montreux, Switzerland the past week to assess progress of NFM and make crucial decision points regarding governance, market dynamics, ethics, risk management and a new funding stream.
The Board indicated the need for targeting impact and ensuring greater simplicity within the NFM`s processes and procedures. It was concluded that the country concept notes should focus on more and better data and analysis of needs, as well as more precise application of TGF`s methodology.
The Board also agreed on a framework for reducing financial risk, ensuring cost efficiencies and savings. Such measures may allow covering the USD $1.3 billion need for countries to finance the second bednet replacement campaign within the current replenishment period.
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14 November 2014, Nay Pyi Taw: - Leaders of the 18 East Asia Summit countries have committed to an ambitious goal of eliminating malaria from the entire Asia Pacific region in the next 15 years. The region-wide commitment builds on strong political and technical leadership provided by the co-chairs of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance - Prime Ministers of Australia and Viet Nam.
The Asia Pacific region has an estimated 32 million cases of malaria each year and 47,000 associated deaths. Around two billion people in the region currently remain at risk of infection and are developing resistance to the drug artemisinin.
“Some countries and international organizations are cutting funds just when we need to go the final mile – to avoid the risk of malaria resurgence,” said Dr Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and former Minister of Health of Indonesia. “We have asked regional leaders to recognize the risk, to provide vision and commitment, and to take action to counter it effectively.”
14 November 2014: - Regional Directors of Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) will hold their 9th annual meeting at the end of November in Brazzaville, Congo to discuss interventions for strengthening health systems in Africa and optimization of universal health coverage.
The three-day meeting is hosted by WHO AFRO and will gather the Steering Committee members from various organizations, including newly added RBM and GAVI, as well as long-time members, such as USAID, the Global Fund, PNMCH and others.
The key topics proposed for discussion and approval are the 2015 Action Plan, communication strategies and implementation of funding, Ebola outbreak and strengthening the health systems in affected countries as well as improved coordination and harmonization of partners at regional and country level.