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Case management

The Case Management Working Group (CMWG) aims to achieve consensus on complex strategic issues concerning scaling up implementation of policies for malaria case management, and on synthesizing and disseminating evidence-based best practice.

Co-Chairs :
Dr Lawrence (Larry) Barat     US' President's Malaria Initiative
Dr Elizabeth Juma                 WHO
Working Group Secretariat :
Dr Konstantina Boutsika Swiss TPH, Switzerland
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The RBM CMWG is a dynamic and systematic coordination, convening and facilitating mechanism at global level that aims to: minimize wasteful duplication and maximize synergies, encourage harmonization and pooling of efforts for faster uptake and scale up of malaria case management strategies.

The Working Group aims to achieve consensus on complex strategic issues concerning scaling up implementation of policies for malaria case management, and on synthesizing and disseminating evidence-based best practice. This will be done without duplicating the essential responsibility of WHO expert committees and consultations, which is to advise on norms and standards for products and services and their appropriate use.


One of the four essential elements of the RBM strategy is access to prompt and effective treatment for malarial disease. Increasing drug resistance, warranting the use of new treatments, combined with weak health systems has made it difficult to ensure that prompt, effective treatment is available and affordable to those who need it. Scaling up access to effective treatment of malaria cases will be contingent on well coordinated, multi-disciplinary action towards defined objectives, systems, services and products.

In September and October 2002, RBM partners met in Geneva to discuss access to malaria treatment issues. This meeting endorsed the formation of the Case Management Working Group (CMWG). In accordance with the Operating Framework of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, the malaria Case Management Working Group (CMWG) has been re-established by the Board in July 2009, following a period of relative inactivity.

Functions of the Working Group

The activities of the CMWG will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Convene: the CMWG brings together a group of partners who work on use of diagnostic methods, improving drug provision, ensuring access to affordable quality drugs and quality treatment advice in both the public and private sectors, improving provider and patient use of malaria drugs, mitigating the risks of antimalarial drug resistance, and measuring the impact of implementation scale up on morbidity. The CMWG can also help identify necessary expertise and experts to bring in on a temporary, ad hoc basis to assist with addressing issues outside of the expertise of the CMWG itself.

Co-ordinate: by bringing the Partners together, gives a forum for the Partners to co-ordinate their:

  • Developing and maintaining consensus across partners and institutions around strategies for improved effectiveness of key components of case management.
  • Identifying critical strategic questions related to malaria case management. Organizing task forces with the partnership secretariat to address these, drawing on a wider range of expertise than is directly represented in the CMWG.
  • Examining how effective case management, in accordance with country policies and WHO recommendations, can be taken to scale, sustained and adapted for elimination in endemic countries most efficiently.
  • Liaising and coordinating with other relevant Working Groups, institutions, programmes, initiatives, networks and activities, towards RBM objectives to ensure that work reflects changing needs.
  • Collaborating with other RBM Working Groups whose work is relevant to, or overlaps with case management to deal effectively with cross cutting issues pertinent to case management.
  • Assisting the RBM partnership to develop an appropriate research agenda and promote research.

Facilitate Communication: by bringing Partners together, the CMWG is a forum for communication and mutual learning. Key functions:

  • Accelerating flow of information to countries and others in the RBM partnership on developments within other programmes, institutions and initiatives that may have relevance for RBM and case management, including progress in drug development.
  • Advising the Board on allocation of resources and capacity building needs for achieving the objective of scaling up effective case management.
  • Advocating for increased attention to and resources for effective malaria case management.
  • Other activities as requested by the RBM Secretariat or Board within the scope of its expertise and functions.

For further information please refer to the CMWG Revised Terms of Reference adopted in January 2014 following the 25th RBM Partnership Board meeting.

CMWG organization:

The CMWG has established 4 work streams for further development within the context of the RBM Partnership Workplan.