MDGs: Reaching the halfway point
The Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the global community at the Millennium Summit in 2000, are eight time-bound targets to cut hunger, poverty, and disease by 2015. On July 7 2007, we will have reached the midway point for achieving these goals. How are we doing so far? While 2007 has witnessed gains in several areas, many donor countries are not on track with their funding commitments, and progress in developing countries has not been sufficient. Time is running out, and much more must be done to improve the welfare of the world's poorest people by 2015.
For the MDG halfway point, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat would like to remind the international community that rolling back malaria is key to achieving six of the eight MDGs, and thus calls upon it to commit more funds and step up the efforts to fight against this devastating disease.
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RFI Interview with Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Partnership Executive Director (en français)
RBM MERG meeting, 6-8 June, Washington DC
A regular meeting of the RBM Partnership's Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) was held to review progress on harmonization of monitoring systems, and to suggest ways forward to improve monitoring and evaluation efforts in countries. Partners committed to assisting countries to use the tools available for M&E effectively, and to ensure that M&E plans are developed long before Global fund grant negotiations start. Dr Bernard Nahlen stepped down from his position as MERG co-chair and Dr Rick Stekettee was appointed the new co-chair. The joint work plan of the working group was also developed.
Visit the new RBM MERG site
Call for nominations for GFATM communities delegation malaria seat
The core delegation: Following the 16th GFATM board meeting in November 2007 there will be a vacancy for the malaria seat on the core delegation. The core delegation consists of 10 members from various geographic regions who attend two board meetings annually. The role of the core delegation is to support the Board Member and Alternate Board Member, to bring the issues and concerns of the community living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria to the Global Fund process.
The Support Delegation: There are currently 4 vacancies from the Malaria community in the support delegation.
One of the four malaria community people selected now into the support group will be choosen to join the Core delegation at the end of November 2007 following the 16th GFATM board meeting based on performance.
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RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Management Working Group meeting, 9-10 July, Washington D.C.
The first full meeting of the Roll Back Malaria Procurement and Supply Chain Working Group took place in Washington D.C, hosted by Management Sciences for Health. Over 25 experts elected Rima Shretta of Management Sciences for Health, and Henk den Besten of IDA solutions as their co-chairs. Under their guidance they drew up an inventory of bottlenecks and developed a results-oriented workplan and budget for 2008.
View RBM Procurement and Supply Chain Working Group page
All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group meeting on the ACT subsidy, 18 July, London
A meeting was organized by the APPMG to inform British parliamentarians, those working in malaria in different capacities, and UK opinion makers about the global ACT subsidy. The global ACT subsidy aims to make artemisinin-based combination therapies affordable and available, and to ensure that they remain efficacious in the long-term. Prof Awa Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, explained how the subsidy will work. Other speakers included Sir Richard Peto (Academia), Dr Vinand Nantulya (FIND on diagnostics), and Dr Ian Boulton (GSK).
View Prof Coll-Seck's presentation on the Global ACT subsidy
Clinton launches Global ACT subsidy pilot in Tanzania, 22 July, Dar es Salaam
Former US President Bill Clinton launched a programme on Sunday to make antimalarial drugs available in Tanzania as a pilot scheme that could be used as a model for Africa as a whole. The Roll Back Malaria partnership is playing a key role in designing the subsidy, as well as in building consensus and in raising funds for it.
East and Southern African Annual Malaria Conference, 23-27 July, Entebbe
Countries in East and Southern Africa met in Entebbe to review the achievements of the previous year and to plan malaria control activities for 2008.
Operations, Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of ITN and IRS Programs
This recent report by the Swiss Tropical Institute comparatively assesses, for the first time, five insecticide-treated net (ITN) programs and two indoor residual spraying (IRS) programs operating at large or national scale in sub-Saharan Africa using a standardized methodology.
View final version of the Report
West African Regional network meeting, 31 July to 3 August, Burkina Faso
The quarterly meeting of the West African Regional Network takes place in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso from July 31st to August 3rd 2007, so that partners can review progress made and ensure follow-up and implementation of Roll Back Malaria Activities in West Africa.