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Ochuko Keyamo, Manager, CAMA
Despite these gains, every 60 seconds marks a malaria-related child death. Malaria during pregnancy contributes to 11 percent of annual newborn deaths. The third largest killer of children globally, malaria has hit Africa particularly hard: 80 percent of malaria-related deaths occur within the continent.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 cannot be achieved without addressing malaria, and with 623 days left to the 2015 deadline for the goals, we have little time to make a big push. Elevating the urgency of preventing malaria in children and pregnant women is paramount. By aligning efforts in key countries such as Nigeria, where malaria accounts for 25 percent of all deaths of infants under the age of one2 and where child mortality is among the highest in the world, we can make a significant dent in the disease and save hundreds of thousands of lives.
Working together, we can advocate for integrated community case management (iCCM) programs in more countries, intensify training for healthcare workers in critical areas such as malaria diagnostics and mobilize additional financing for systems that support malaria control and elimination.
With its upcoming technical workshop in Nigeria, World Malaria Day webinar and closer collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) is using its network and various platforms to educate, inspire and catalyze partnerships that drive on-the-ground impact.
Time is not on our side in this race to save lives, but with your continued support, we can achieve greater impact.
Friday, April 25th will mark World Malaria Day 2014, a day instituted by WHO member states to highlight the continuing need for investment in, and commitment to, the fight against malaria. The theme for 2014 is, “Invest in the future. Defeat Malaria”.
To support the campaign on social media, use the hashtag #DefeatMalaria. To get you started, PATH is providing promotional materials, including Facebook banners and sample tweets, which can be found on Dropbox here.
For CAMA, the first quarter of 2014 has been one of exciting growth. Join us in welcoming our newest members:
Accelerating Progress: The Intersection of Malaria Control and MCH
CAMA’s first quarter webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM GMT/UTC).
A robust group of speakers will discuss the intersection of malaria control and maternal and child health, including methods of integrating maternal and child health interventions with existing malaria control programs, current opportunities for high-impact private sector involvement and updates on progress and challenges.
CAMA’s 2014 Annual Technical Workshop, Capitalizing on Competencies to Eliminate Malaria, to be held in Abuja, Nigeria has generated a high level of interest from the corporate malaria community. In light of this, CAMA has decided to hold the workshop on June 24th – 25th rather than May 5th – 6th as originally scheduled. We believe that this new date will enable increased participation by key partners. The event’s theme—the integration of malaria and maternal and child health—is unchanged and rthis area remains a top priority for GBCHealth and CAMA.
We hope that you will be able to join us in Abuja in June. Contact Ochuko Keyamo for more information.
Jhpiego has been awarded the 2014 United Nations Population Award for its four decades of work to improve access to family-planning and reproductive health services in the developing world.
The award is given annually by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in recognition of outstanding contributions to address population issues and develop effective solutions. It will be presented by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon in a ceremony on June 12th.
Read the press release and join us in congratulating valued CAMA member, Jhpiego.
Bayer is collecting country-specific data to assess the impact of its insect resistance management (IRM) program, which involves the rotational use of bendiocarb on pyrethroid /DDT-resistant mosquitoes.
Results so far show that the program is proving effective against mosquitoes, with malaria cases decreasing in areas that have had successive spray rounds. The use of bendiocarb for IRM is on the rise and at current volumes could potentially protect more than 35 million people per year.
More information will be available in Bayer’s Public Health Journal, No. 19.
NetsforLife® is preparing to pilot an integrated community disease management program in Uganda, with an emphasis on the prevention and initial treatment of malaria, plus referral and follow-up.
The primary objective is to facilitate the distribution of 3.2 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs), improve utilization of LLINs in 23 districts in Western Uganda and to improve knowledge and treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea at the household and health facility level.
As part of the program, 2,300 Village Health Teams (VHTs) will be trained to assist in the distribution and hanging of LLINs in sleeping places and to provide regular household follow-ups. By training 10,868 VHTs in integrated community case management and training 715 health workers, the program will also contribute to strengthening Uganda’s health systems for the long term.
Spotlight On: Jhpiego | Improving Malaria Outcomes for Women and Children Through In-Country Partnerships
Jhpiego, ExxonMobil and the Governments of Chad and Cameroon:
For more information about the ExxonMobil partnership with Chad and Cameroon, click here.
Jhpiego, ExxonMobil and the Nigeria Ministry of Health:
Jhpiego, Jubilee Partners and the Government of Ghana:
For more information on RBM’s Private Sector Constituency, contact Sancia Dalley.
In January 2014 GBCHealth made important changes to how it operates. The new website, www.gbchealth.org, reflects the organization’s new, more mission-focused agenda. Our former site will live on at archive.gbchealth.org, providing uninterrupted access to all legacy content.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new GBCHealth website, and the landing page for CAMA. This is our platform to share what CAMA and its members are doing, so send us your information!
Alliance members who wish to update their information on the site may send requests to Maggie Arbogast, Program Coordinator.
Nigeria becomes Africa’s biggest economy with a GDP of $510 billion, after data revision added previously excluded sectors including telecom, entertainment and airlines. Despite surpassing South Africa in GDP, Nigeria still lags in per-capita income and experiences high rates of poverty.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
April 22, 10:30 AM EDT
World Malaria Day
Symposium at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Honor of WMD
RBM WMD Panel Discussion and Luncheon in Geneva
CAMA Annual Technical Workshop
26th RBM Board Meeting
Semi-Annual Virtual CAMA Member Meeting
ASTM 63rd Annual Meeting
ALLIANCE MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
MALARIA NEWS AND UPDATES
28 February 2014
06 December 2013
Chair: Ernesto De La Torre, Global Public Health Coordinator, Chevron
Current Alliance Members
The Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) is a unique coalition of companies from various industries, all with business interests in Africa. Launched by Marathon Oil in 2006 and with GBCHealth as implementing partner and Secretariat, CAMA brings the collective force and voice of the private sector to drive impact on malaria in Africa from control to elimination.
For more information on how your company or organization can get involved, please contact CAMA manager, Ochuko Keyamo at email@example.com.