Archive for October, 2013

Launch of the 2013 Malaria Report

In: Past Events • October 15th, 2013

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On 15th October, the 9th Annual Malaria Report – Malaria at the Cross Road was launched by Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien MP, Prime Minister’s Special envoy to the SAHEL countries and Global Advocate on Malaria for Roll Back Malaria launched the Report.

Although much has been achieved, we are now facing our biggest challenges. An estimated 660,000 people are still dying from malaria every year. The vast majority under five years old in sub-Saharan Africa.

The tools which have served us so well, the long-lasting insecticide treated nets for prevention and the Artemisinin Combination Therapies for cure are coming up against resistance by the ever-versatile ever resilient malaria parasite.
The money required to control and eventually eradicate malaria remains far greater than the money available, despite huge increases since 2001.

Professor Schellenberg, London School of  Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who wrote the Report on behalf of the APPMG guided those at the meeting through the Report.

See Report & Press Release on this website

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The Ninth APPMG Malaria Report “2013: Malaria at the Cross Roads

In: Malaria • October 15th, 2013

APPMG 2013 Malaria Report

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HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases APPGs welcome UK Government support for Global Fund

In: Malaria, Press Releases • October 9th, 2013

The UK’s pledge of up to £1bn to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria represents a significant commitment by the UK government to lead the global fight against three of the world’s deadliest diseases. We congratulate the government on its ambitious pledge and applaud its determination to rally international support behind one of the most successful global health organisations at a critical moment.

In little more than a decade, the Global Fund has helped to turn the tide against HIV, TB and Malaria. Through the Fund, 5.3 million people have had access to ARVs who otherwise may have never received medication and 11 million people have been treated for TB, nearly half of whom, without treatment, may have lost their lives to the disease. Largely thanks to the Fund and its partners, 340 million bed nets have been distributed to protect men, women and children against malaria, leading to a historic drop in malaria deaths. In total, the Global Fund has helped save 8.7 million lives.

The efforts of the Fund and its partners have helped reverse the spread of HIV, TB and malaria and laid the foundation for even greater progress. Advances in science and implementation have taken us to a critical moment in the fight against these diseases. If we intensify our efforts now, scale up our investments and ensure the continued development and roll-out of new tools and treatments we can be the generation that beats HIV, TB and malaria. The alternative would mean squandering the progress that has been made and letting these diseases bounce back.

By committing up to £1bn to support the Global Fund, the UK government has made its decision clear. The pledge will see 750,000 people receive potentially life-saving anti-retroviral treatment for HIV, 32 million insecticide-treated bed nets will protect millions against malaria as they sleep, and 1 million people will receive treatment to help them fight off TB.

The government’s pledge has, however, laid down a challenge to other donor countries. It has promised to contribute up to 10% of the total replenishment; other donors must now step up to deliver the remaining 90%. We must ensure that the Global Fund has the resources it needs to win this fight.

We congratulate the Coalition Government for ensuring that Britain continues to play a leading role on global health. Most of all, though, we applaud it for sending a signal to the world that the UK is ready to seize this opportunity and do its part to ensure that these three terrible diseases are finally, and comprehensively, beaten.

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Autumn Programme of Events

In: Past Events, Uncategorized • October 2nd, 2013

 Autumn Programme

Tuesday 15th October, 5pm, the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

9th Annual Malaria Report – Malaria at the Cross Roads

 This will be launched by Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien MP, Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien MP,

Prime Minister’s Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel

Professor Schellenberg, LSHTM, author of the Report, on behalf of the APPMG.

Save the Dates:

Friday, 29th November 11.30am, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

4th Annual Neglected Tropical Diseases Report

This will be launched by Professor Janet Hemingway, Chief Executive Officer Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Wednesday 11th December, 6pm-9pm MacMillan Room Portcullis House

2013 World Malaria Report  – focusing on developments and progress on Malaria & NTD Control

Speakers include:

Professor Christopher Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research & Evidence at the Department for International Development.

Professor Alan Fenwick, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health Imperial College, & Director of the Schisomiasis Control Initiative in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Dr Tim Wells, Chief Scientist, Medicines for Malaria Venture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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