- The first joint RBM and STOPTB civil society workshop
- Southern Africa starts a race against malaria
- Global Health Partnerships GAVI, RBM, and UNAIDS co-host discussion on role of Partnerships in Post-2015 development era
16 April, Harare, ZIMBABWE : - More than 30 Civil society and CCM representatives from Botswana, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Sudan, Namibia, Rwanda, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia , and Nigeria examined human rights, gender and community systems strengthening in the first joint RBM and STOPTB civil society workshop in Harare. They identified barriers to equitable access to malaria and TB services and reviewed the challenges of their meaningful participation in Country Coordinating Mechanisms CCMs and the New Funding Model processes.
14 April 2014, Lilongwe, MALAWI: - South Africa is once again gearing up for the "Racing Against Malaria" initiative (RAM 2), a car rally that passes through eight countries in the South Africa Development Community (SADC) to promote malaria control and elimination efforts in the region. Between April 14 and April 25 (World Malaria Day), the race from Lilongwe to Odnjiva (Angola) will bring together all malaria control programme teams from the region, as well as their key partners and stakeholders. At various stops in cross-border districts, partners will stress the importance of testing for, treating and tracking malaria cases in cross-border initiatives, aimed at malaria elimination.
10 April 2014, New York, USA: - Alongside a Thematic Debate by the UN General Assembly in New York, over 120 guests from the diplomatic and UN community took part in a joint GAVI, RBM and UNAIDS gathering on April 9th to reflect on the successful collaborations that have advanced development priorities worldwide. Amongst the speakers, Dr Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, cited the UN Secretary-General's Every Woman, Every Child campaign as a successful model which had drawn together a number of health Partnerships to amplify the cause. He added that there were transferable lessons to be appreciated as we move into the last 700 days of the MDGs and consider a new era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). H.E. Ambassador Rishchynski of Canada noted the role of partnerships helped to coordinate efforts, and increasing complementarity and accountability; while H.E. Ambassador Manongi of Tanzania highlighted the impact of health partnerships at the country-level, noting the reduced malaria burden in Tanzania thanks to partnerships like RBM and ALMA. Several Permanent Representatives and distinguished guests commented on the need for donor and implementing country engagement, accountability frameworks, better data and stronger cooperation with civil society and the private sector to better shape public-private partnerships for full, more sustainable implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.