Multisectoral collaboration is key in light of the challenges faced in malaria control and elimination including insecticide and drug resistance, mobility of populations, climate change and funding shortfalls. To end malaria for good, we need concerted action of stakeholders across different sectors beyond the health sector.
Working Group Secretariat
Dr Konstantina Boutsika Swiss TPH, Switzerland
The spread of diseases like malaria, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases is directly linked to sanitation, waste management urban infrastructure planning, yet mayors and local government leaders are rarely at the centre of national disease action plans.
COVID-19 has highlighted the vulnerability of urban communities to infectious disease, while rapid urbanisation and growth of informal settlements across many countries is driving concerns about rising rates of vector borne diseases including malaria and dengue. Lack of access to basic services has a significant impact on resilience to these diseases as well as future pandemics.
Healthy Cities, Healthy People aims to put city and local government leaders at the heart of national and global health debates, calling for more political support and resources to be directed towards healthy urban centres while also enabling information, experiences and best practices to be shared among mayors and municipal leaders.
On 23 November 2021, Healthy Cities Health People launched A Common Position and Commitment to Action, supported by mayors, local government leaders and global partners from around the world. City and urban leaders and supporting organisations are very welcome to join and support this initiative.
You can find the recording of the event here.
Purpose and Rationale
Essential progress has been made in the past decade to reduce malaria globally. Over 6 million lives were saved as a result of a scale-up of malaria interventions. However, the latest World Malaria Report 2020 alerts that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled.
Multisectoral collaboration is key in light of the challenges faced in malaria control and elimination including insecticide and drug resistance, mobility of populations, risk perception, sustainable human settlements, poverty, disasters (natural & man-made), outdoor transmission, climate change and funding shortfalls.
To end malaria for good, we need the concerted action of different stakeholders across different sectors beyond the health sector, as well as intra-sectoral collaboration. The Sustainable Development Goals calling for action to transform societies give further impetus for a Multi-sectoral Working Group (MSWG). The MSWG has been established under the umbrella of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, following approval by the RBM Board in April 2018. The MSWG convenes and coordinates RBM Partnership members around a multi-sectorial action in the field of malaria to facilitate learning and share best practices from the field.
The MSWG brings together different stakeholders across different sectors including; health, science and technology, oil & gas, international cooperation (cross border), housing, infrastructure, extraction industries, water and sanitation, environment, food and agriculture, education, immigration, tourism, customs, security, finance, trade, political, private, civil society, labour, research & development, media, information & communications technology, social protection and justice. The aim is to align partners in their actions for new interventions as well as putting new life into those that already exist, and coordinate and manage these in new and innovative ways.
The Terms of References (TORs) as approved by the RBM Board are available in English and French. The structure will be in line with the structure of other RBM Working Groups, following the Working Group Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The governance of the MSWG ensures adequate participation of malaria-affected countries and demonstrates a self-financing and self-convening capacity.
The coordination of the MSWG is guaranteed though the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) which is hosting the MSWG Secretariat.