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The world marked World Mosquito Day on 20 August.

This year, GFAN Africa and the Civil Society for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME) mobilized partners on World Mosquito Day to join in social media action to emphasize the need for countries and regional partners to work towards the elimination of malaria amid COVID -19. This is in consideration of the knock on effect that COVID-19 will cause to malaria elimination as a result of disruption of prevention, treatment and care services. Partners from the following countries joined in the twitterthon: Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Ghana.

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Source:  The Lancet

“COVID-19 has the potential to cause substantial disruptions to health services, due to cases overburdening the health system or response measures limiting usual programmatic activities. We aimed to quantify the extent to which disruptions to services for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in low-income and middle-income countries with high burdens of these diseases could lead to additional loss of life over the next 5 years.”

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Publisher:  SADC 


“2019 marked 10 years since the historic declaration in 2009 by Eight (8) Ministers of Health to establish the Malaria Elimination 8 regional initiative under the auspice of the Southern Africa
Development Community (SADC). The mandate was clear; to draw down cases and deaths caused by malaria to zero in each member state, while addressing cross border transmission across
shared borders. This strategy was most important, requiring synchronization of interventions between common borders, and consistent dialogue between neighbouring countries, to ensure policies are in place to achieve elimination.”

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Please find below a number of resources you can use for World Malaria Day. Included in the resources are a statement from GFAN Speaker Maurine Murenga, links to RBM Partnership to End Malaria resources, links to resources about COVID-19 and Malaria, and social media tools including sharable images that you adapt.

Statement from GFAN Speaker Maurine Murenga on World Malaria Day

In my community, malaria remains a persistent threat to the health and well-being of many. Malaria has tested the limits of our health infrastructure time and again and has presented a health challenge to so many, including my own family. Late last year, my youngest child was very ill and hospitalized for malaria. In the very best possible way he became one of the statistics: cured of malaria, again, thanks to investments in our health system and availability of medication and medical inter...

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Publisher: Policy Cures Research

The 2019 G-FINDER Report:  “[This] project has provided policy-makers, donors, researchers and industry with a comprehensive analysis of global investment into research and development (R&D) of new products to prevent, diagnose, control or cure neglected diseases in developing countries. It provides an up-to-date analysis of how R&D investments are being allocated across diseases and product types, funding trends over time, and where the potential gaps lie. This is the twelfth annual G-FINDER report, providing new data on investments made in financial
year 2018. In all, 262 organisations completed the survey for FY2018, which covered 36 neglected diseases and all relevant product types – drugs, vaccines, biologics, diagnostics, microbicides and vector control products (chemical and biological control agents, and reservoir targeted vaccines) – as well as basic research.”

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Our Friends at RBM Partnership to End Malaria announced on January 16 that 2 billion mosquito nets have been distributed.  According to RBM since 2000 – 7 million lives have been saved and over 1 billion cases of Malaria have been prevented.  This is a remarkable achievement, and a worthy moment to celebrate, but more work needs to be done. 

“The global community is taking a moment to recognize this important milestone and partners’ role in achieving it. But the fight isn’t over. If we’re going to end malaria, we need to expand coverage of mosquito nets to reach those who are most vulnerable – the 39% of pregnant women and children under 5 living in sub-Saharan Africa who still don’t have access to a mosquito net and who are at greatest risk. We also need to stay ahead of the evolving mosquito by introducing innovative tools like next generation nets that are combatting insecticide resistance, using data to tar...

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