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  • Implementing the Post-2015 agenda - RBM Partnership joins the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General for leadership discussion during the World Economic Forum, Davos
  • SADC Malaria Day event aims to strengthen regional political commitment and leadership as well as mobilize communities and school children
  • WHO Global Malaria Programme visits Sierra Leone to assess progress of second round of malaria mass drug administration in response to Ebola

22 January 2015: - Alongside this year’s Annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Ms. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for Post-2015 Development Planning, and Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, hosted a private dinner to discuss how best to deliver the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

Government leaders, corporate executives and UN officials explored the importance of adopting a “people-centered approach” -- as highlighted by the UN Secretary-General in his recent Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda -- to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children across the development process. The discussion was moderated by by Rt. Hon. Stephen O'Brien, MP (UK), Envoy & Special Representative of the UK Prime Minister to the Sahel and RBM Global Advocate and included: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNFPA; Mr. Bertrand Badre, Managing Director & CFO of World Bank Group; Ms. Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF; Mr Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy & Country Programs, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Mr Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, among others.

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20 January 2015: - Surrounded by colourful posters, banners and a crowd of community members wearing malaria T-shirts and hats, SADC Health Ministers, senior health officials, WHO, SARN, PMI, PSMI and members of other organizations gathered at a Primary School in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on January 16 to discuss progress, challenges and success in responding to malaria in SADC countries.

The chosen theme and the slogan of the event - “Strong Partnerships Sustain Gains in Malaria Control” and “Combining Efforts: Key to Success” - promoted team efforts and collaboration as key factors in eliminating the disease. Dr Parirenyatwa, the SADC Chair, Minister of Health Zimbabwe, RBM Board Member for Southern Africa emphasized that countries should continue to invest resources and strengthen linkages with the private sector and other organizations for innovating financing in order to attain 2015 targets, provide inputs for GMAP2 and tailor new plans for post-2015. “Districts in E8 countries and SADC are moving from control to pre-elimination,” Dr Parirenyatwa said.

Speaking on behalf of RBM, the SARN Coordinator Brigadier General Dr Kaka Mudambo urged communities to take pride in their achievements and to take leadership in strengthening foundations already laid. Dr Mudambo affirmed that RBM will continue to support countries with technical assistance and evidence based business plans, strategic plans and annual work plans.

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20 January 2015: - The Ebola outbreak has created numerous challenges for the continuation of routine health services at all levels and has had adverse effects on the malaria programmes in affected countries.

After the successful completion of the first round of the malaria mass drug administration (MDA) campaign in Sierra Leone on December 5-8, 2014, the Ministry of Health started a second round on 16 January 2015, in collaboration with UNICEF, Medicines Sans Frontieres-Spain, the Global Fund, WHO, RBM and other partners.

Community in the most Ebola affected areas shun seeking health services. Therefore, the goal of the MDA campaign is to contribute to the containment of the Ebola outbreak by reducing malaria incidence – and thereby the number of suspected Ebola cases that would require screening and isolation – and to lower the risk of Ebola transmission among malaria patients.

A WHO delegation – comprised of Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, Dr Andrea Bosman and Dr Maru Aregawi – is visiting Sierra Leone on 19-21 January to provide technical support for the assessment of the MDA campaign and its impact.

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