RBM CRSPC Eastern and Southern Africa Sub-Regional Network (ESASRN) National Malaria Control Program Managers and Partners Meeting, 8-12 October 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The RBM Country/Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) held its first ever sub-regional network meeting since the revitalisation of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria on 8—12 October 2018. This meeting brought together key players from each country, including the national malaria control programme manager along with M&E, communication and country Global Fund focal persons – from 19 countries in the Eastern and Southern African region (Annex 1) as well as relevant national, regional and global malaria partners (Annex 2) This meeting was convened at critical time given the crossroads at which malaria is given the recent upsurge in the number of cases and deaths after a decade-long streak of significant reductions in the burden of the disease.
The 5-day meeting, after kickstarting with an exploration of the revitalised RBM Partnership, the current malaria situation, and the 10+1 approach, gave the countries a chance to present an update of their programme implementation status, the challenges being faced as well as the progress made over the years and the direction and approach that their country is taking in terms of malaria control and elimination. Given the occasion to collaborate in person, countries had the opportunity to express their needs for financial and/or technical support from the RBM Partnership/CRSPC and deliberate face-to-face with the relevant focal persons in the Partner Committee during allocated group work time.
The meeting also served as a platform to disseminate information on the current malaria control and elimination interventions, perspectives, and strategies and was an opportunity for the countries to be oriented on the Zero Malaria Starts With Me! campaign; an exchange which shed clarity on the benefits of the campaign, how countries could adapt it to fit their needs, the challenges of its implementation and how to overcome these obstacles.
Countries provided updates on their technical and implementation assistance requirements for 2019.