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 GBCHealth News and Opportunities | June 2012

Read the latest news, updates and information on the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa

This edition of the CAMA Newsletter contains


From Control to Elimination—Malaria Control a Driver to Achieving MDG 4 and 5

Ochuko Keyamo, Manager, CAMA
In the past few years, significant improvements in vector control, diagnostics and treatment have led to tremendous progress in malaria prevention and control. An estimated 3.3 million lives have been saved since 2000 and malaria mortality rates in Africa have declined by 49 percent1.

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.


World Malria Day 2014 | Help #DefeatMalaria

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.


Meet CAMA’s Newest Members

For CAMA, the first quarter of 2014 has been one of exciting growth. Join us in welcoming our newest members:

New Members


CAMA Convening: World Malaria Day Webinar

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.

Speakers include:

  • Ernesto De La Torre, Global Public Health Coordinator, Chevron (Introductory Remarks)
  • Sancia Dalley, Director, GBCHealth; Focal Point, WHO/RBM Private Sector Constituency (Moderator)
  • Suprotik Basu, CEO, Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria; CEO, MDG Health Alliance
  • Leith Greenslade, Vice-Chair, Child Health, MDG Health Alliance
  • Elaine Roman, Director, Malaria, Jhpiego; Malaria Team Leader, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

Reserve a space in the webinar today.


UPDATE: Annual Technical Workshop in Abuja | June 24th—25th

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 is Awarded the 2014 United Nations Population Award

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.


Member Update: Bayer’s Insecticide Resistance Management Program

Bayer

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.


Spotlight on: NetsforLife® in Uganda

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

Jhpiego, ExxonMobil and the Governments of Chad and Cameroon:
As one of ExxonMobil‘s partners, Jhpiego is providing vital technical expertise and working in coordination with the governments of Chad and Cameroon to increase access to malaria prevention, treatment and support services. Key outcomes to date include:

  • 30 percent increase in the provision of the first dose of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) in project-supported sites in Chad and 5 percent increase in Cameroon, from 2012 to 2013
  • 24 percent increase for the second dose of IPTp in Chad and 2 percent in Cameroon

For more information about the ExxonMobil partnership with Chad and Cameroon, click here.

Jhpiego, ExxonMobil and the Nigeria Ministry of Health:
In collaboration with the Nigeria Ministry of Health, and with support from ExxonMobil to increase IPTp and insecticide-treated net (ITN) use among pregnant women, Jhpiego introduced a malaria-in-pregnancy intervention in Akwa Ibom State. The primary focus of this effort was engaging communities to lead their own health promotion and services, while simultaneously strengthening the quality of care at the health facility level. This led to a 35 percent improvement in IPTp uptake. Learn more here.

Jhpiego, Jubilee Partners and the Government of Ghana:
Jhpiego’s technical support in Ghana shows how the private sector can contribute to strengthening malaria prevention and control through improved primary health care services. Tullow Oil, Kosmos Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and Petro SA, which make up the Jubilee Partners, have engaged Jhpiego to strengthen malaria services delivered through Ghana’s Community-Based Health Planning and Services. Learn more.


GBCHealth Appointed Focal Point for Roll Back Malaria Private Sector Constituency

Roll Back Malaria
In January 2014, the Roll Back Malaria Private Sector Constituency appointed GBCHealth as its Focal Point. This new role builds on GBCHealth’s capabilities and track record as Focal Point for the Global Fund’s Private Sector Delegation and its experience as the implementing partner for CAMA. With both Focal Point roles housed within GBCHealth, there will be greater effort to enhance collaboration and consultation between the two private sector groups on shared priorities moving forward.

For more information on RBM’s Private Sector Constituency, contact Sancia Dalley.


GBCHealth Launches New Website

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.


Country Spotlight: NIGERIA

Nigeria

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

CAMA World Malaria Day Webinar


April 25

World Malaria Day

Symposium at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Honor of WMD

RBM WMD Panel Discussion and Luncheon in Geneva
(contact Maggie for more information)


June 24-25

CAMA Annual Technical Workshop


May 14-16

26th RBM Board Meeting


July, TBD

Semi-Annual Virtual CAMA Member Meeting


November 2

ASTM 63rd Annual Meeting


ALLIANCE MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

BAYER SAS
Bayer and IVCC Collaboration Delivers New Cost-Effective Tool for Malaria Vector Control

CHEVRON
Chevron, Baylor and Texas Children’s Team Up to Improve Health Disparities in Colombia

JHPIEGO
Burkina Faso and Jhpiego Kick Off $15 Million Effort to Reduce Malaria Deaths by 50 Percent Countrywide

RTI INTERNATIONAL
RTI International Distributes Two Million Insecticide-treated Nets to Reduce Malaria Transmission in Guinea

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL

Global Fund Accepts Recommendations of Sanctions Panel

VALE
Vale Joins Global Fund in the Fight Against Malaria


MALARIA NEWS AND UPDATES

03 April 2014
African Leaders and United Nations Secretary-General Highlight Importance of Health for Development

02 April 2014
Novartis-backed Project Could Fight Malaria with Cell Phones

March 2014
2014-2016 Funding Allocations, Major Policy Decisions and Committee Member Appointments at 31st Global Fund Board Meeting

March 2014
Global Fund Board Moves Forward on New Funding Model

28 February 2014
Africa Malaria Cases "Decline But More Still at Risk"

22 February 2014
Malaria: A Complex Disease With Simple Solutions? A TEDx Talk with Bart Knols

24 September 2013
Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria Launched Alongside 68th United Nations General Assembly

06 December 2013
African Countries Make New Investments in Health

Other
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Shaping Global Partnerships for a Post-2015 World



Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa Members and Representatives

Chair: Ernesto De La Torre, Global Public Health Coordinator, Chevron
Co-Chair: Dr. Gerhard Hesse, Head of Global Partnering/Vector Control, Bayer S.A.S.

Current Alliance Members

BAYER S.A.S.

CHEVRON CORPORATION

INTERNATIONAL SOS

JHPIEGO

MOSQUITO ZONE ITNERNATIONAL

NETSFORLIFE

NIGERIA LNG LIMITED

NOBLE ENERGY

RTI INTERNATIONAL

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL

SYNGENTA

VALE

WAPIC INSURANCE PLC


GBCHealthCAMA

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 okeyamo@gbchealth.org.