Case Management Working Group (CMWG)

Co-Chairs :
Dr Patrick KachurCDC,USA
Dr Ambrose TalisunaWHO, AFRO
Working Group Secretariat :
Dr Konstantina Boutsika Swiss TPH, Switzerland
Next meeting :

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.

Date Meeting outputs

Case Management Working Group Back on Track
After a four-year hiatus, the Case Management Working Group (CMWG) has been revived with the generous financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Its 9th annual meeting took place on 29-30 August 2017 in Basel (S&C Orangerie), with 25 participants from 20 organisations*. The objectives of the meeting were to reconvene the global malaria partners to share experiences and evidence on best practices for improving malaria case management, review the terms of reference for the CMWG and its role in the revitalised RBM Partnership, and decide on future CMWG leadership and organisational structure. CMWG developed its workplan under the three newly established workstreams (i) access to quality case management, (ii) improving the quality of case management, (iii) right approach, right time.

*Swiss TPH, MMV, FIND, CHAI, USAID/PMI, CDC, Muso, WWARN, WHO, Novartis, Global Fund, MSF, JHU, HUMAN, PSI,  Malaria Consortium, MoH NMCP Mali, NMCP Zambia, TropMed Pharma Consulting, Management Sciences for Health

8th CMWG meeting

Date Meeting outputs
21-23.10.2014 Agenda
List of participants
Date Meeting outputs

List of participants
View RBM Flickr Photo Gallery
Meeting report – Coming soon

Day 1

  1. P Kachur Introduction
  2. L Barat Diagnosis Work Stream Update
  3. L Barat on behalf of M Pacqué Inventory of IMCI training and supervision tools in PMI countries
  4. V Dacremont WHO Informal Consultation on fever management in peripheral health care settings: a global review of evidence and practice
  5. D Schellenberg Operational experience with RDTs in the private sector
  6. T Shewchuk RDTs in the private sector, PSI experience
  7. S Mashaire Malaria Case Management in Zimbabwe: Successes and Challenges
  8. S Juana Smith Country experiences: Sierra Leone
  9. S Xueref Update from the Pharmacovigilance Workstream
  10. S Xueref Sources of pharmacovigilance data: current developments in WHO
  11. C Pace The ACT Consortium and the centralized drug safety repository
  12. S Duparc Pharmacovigilance – Cohort events monitoring studies

Day 2

  1. S Meek Update from the Drug Resistance Management Work Stream
  2. A Bosman Update of artemisinin resistance and its containment efforts
  3. S Meek Summary of Joint Assessment of artemisinin resistance containment and Australia Malaria 2012 Conference
  4. P Guerin Meeting the threat of antimalarial drug resistance
  5. S Downey Update from the Access workstream
  6. P Grewal Supporting uptake of newly available WHO recommended treatments
  7. M De Smet Artesunate injections as treatment for severe malaria Practical aspects
  8. P Olumese Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention and its implication for case management
  9. M Cutler Semi-synthetic Artemisinin and global ACT availability over the next years
  10. M Msellem Country experience: Zanzibar
  11. D Achu Country experience: Cameroon
  12. H Jackou Djermakoye Country experience: Niger
  13. P Olumese Support to countries for transition and integration of the AMFm into the New Funding Model of the GF
  14. A Court Scaling up malaria diagnosis and treatment in the private sector

Day 3

  1. F Pagnoni Rapid Access Expansion of Integrated Community Case Management of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhes RAcE 2015
  2. Diagnosis Work Stream Work Plan
  3. Pharmacovigilance Work Stream Work Plan
  4. Drug Resistance Work Stream Work Plan
  5. Access Work Stream Work Plan
Date Meeting outputs
8-9.07.2009 Meeting report
Agenda and List of participantsPresentations
Day 1: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Day 2: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Consultative Meeting on the Role of Medicine Sellers in the Management of Malaria

Date Meeting outputs
26-27.05.2004 What’s worked and where do we go from here? Meeting Report

Interventions to Improve the Role of Medicine Sellers in Malaria Case Management for Children in Africa
Prepared for: The Sub-group for Communication and Training, The Malaria Case Management Working Group, Roll Back Malaria

Date Meeting outputs
5-6.09.2003 Minutes of the meeting
Date Meeting outputs
21-22.03.2003 Minutes of the meeting [MS Word 283K]

DRAFT Strategic Framework for Scaling up Effective Malaria Case Management — updated 1 March 2004 [PDF 148K]