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  • 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
  • RBM Harmonization Working Group Concept Note Mock TRP Review Workshop 19-21 November 2014, Kampala Uganda

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.

13 November 2014: - The RBM Partnership`s Harmonization Working Group (HWG) will hold a three-day Concept Note mock TRP Review Workshop 19-21 November 2014 at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Expected outcomes from the Workshop include recommendations for improving country concept notes and developing a rapid response strategy for addressing urgent country support needs prior to concept note submission.

Nine countries, Angola; Burundi; Benin; CAR; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Madagascar, Mauritania and Togo, are invited to participate. Each country will have an opportunity to review and discuss the concept notes as well as provide feedback to other participant countries.

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