The Fourth Meeting of the RBM Harmonization Working Group, Geneva, 18-19 February 2008
Over 30 representatives of different constituencies of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) convened today for the 4th meeting of the RBM Harmonization Working Group (HWG). The participants reviewed the progress made in 2007 and highlighted the key areas in which malaria-endemic countries would receive assistance in 2008.
Fifteen African governments will receive technical support by the RBM Partnership on preparing their Global Fund Round 8 malaria proposals in 2008. Countries, which were awarded Global Fund grants in 2007 will receive additional assistance in signing the grants and accessing the awarded funds.
The RBM Partnership will support 21 African countries to develop comprehensive needs assessments and business plans to scale-up malaria control interventions and achieve impact.
The RBM partners agreed to develop a system for identifying and clearing funding bottlenecks on country level.
The RBM Harmonisation Group convenes twice a year to exchange experiences, assess needs, detect gaps and harmonise planning towards RMB's targets for reducing the burden of malaria by 2010.
More info on the RBM Harmonization Working Group
First World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day (25 April) is fast approaching and preparations for this exceptional advocacy opportunity are well underway around the world.
To help galvanize action and showcase the meaningful work of the RMB Partners, the RBM Secretariat has launched a dedicated website for the first World Malaria Day (WMD) that the Partnership will commemorate together.
The theme for World Malaria Day is "Malaria - a disease without borders." This theme emphasizes the need for global collaboration in the fight against malaria, including the need for cross-border strategies, well-documented good practice and coordinated action at all levels - international, regional, national and local.
In the run-up to World Malaria Day, the WMD website will be filling up with informative and engaging content that shows our global audience that the Partnership is strong and capable of delivering results. The RBM Partnership looks forward to receiving your contributions and turning this day into a powerful yearly advocacy tool for the Partnership.
Visit the website for more details.
Partners Discuss Scaling-Up Net Delivery, Geneva, Switzerland, 22 February 2008
Constituencies of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership reviewed this week results from campaigns delivering long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in malaria-endemic countries in 2007.
Presentations revealed sharp decreases in malaria cases and deaths across countries in Africa and Asia due to integrated bed net delivery - the practice of distributing protective bed nets during immunization campaigns such as measles and polio.
Reports showed that the delivery of almost 6.5 million nets during campaigns in 15 malaria-endemic countries helped avert an estimated 350,000 deaths over 3 years.
View/Download Agenda of the Meeting, List of Participants, Country Planning, Minutes of Discussions;
Meeting presentations:                       
Download zip files: [Day 1], [Day 2]
Singer Jordin Sparks raises funds to fight malaria in Africa, Accra, Ghana, 19 February 2008
Singer and American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks joined President and Mrs. Bush during their trip to Ghana to raise awareness of the devastating effects of malaria across Africa. Sparks helped raise $17 million last year for organizations working to protect African families from the deadly disease. One of these organizations, "Malaria No More" has distributed life-saving bed nets to more than 2 million mothers and children in Uganda, Angola. Madagascar, Mali and Zambia.
President Bush praised Sparks' contribution to the fight against malaria at a press event at the US Embassy in Ghana.
"We ask our fellow citizens to contribute to this worthy cause," he said to an audience moved by Sparks' soulful rendition of the US national anthem.
View MNM Press Release
RBM Partnership Welcomes New UN Malaria Envoy, Geneva, 14 February 2008
Statement by Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck:
We applaud the Secretary General's announcement today of the appointment of Mr. Ray Chambers as the United Nations' Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria. Never before has the fight against malaria enjoyed such a surge of attention and support and it is only fitting that an individual with the leadership and initiative of Mr Chambers be given the important and challenging task of promoting collective action toward ending malaria deaths.
View the full text of the Statement by Executive Director of the RBM Partnership
WHO Director-General: Statement about United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for Malaria
UN Department of Public Information: Biographical Note
A high-level international malaria conference to discuss providing long-term availability of malaria prevention and treatment by 2015
21-22 April 2008, Bonn Germany : The European-African Malaria Campaign Stop Malaria Now!, in cooperation with German members of the European Alliance against Malaria - the German Red Cross and the German Foundation for World Population - will host a high-level international malaria conference in the run-up to World Malaria Day 2008.