Multi-sectoral Working Group (MSWG)
Multi-sectoral action to end malaria: new RBM Working Group is established
Multi-sectoral 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. A new Working Group is established under the umbrella of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. A kick-off meeting is being organised in September 2018.
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 alerts that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled.
Multi-sectoral collaboration is key in light of the challenges faced in malaria control and elimination including insecticide and drug resistance, mobility of populations, sustainable human settlements, 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. 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, international cooperation, infrastructure, water and sanitation, environment, food and agriculture, education, security, finance, trade, 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. 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.
As the first step, the MSWG is looking for two Co-Chairs to lead the efforts over the next two years. Beyond their expertise and their capability, the Co-Chairs should reflect the diversity of the MSWG. Hence, they will be selected from different sectors and different constituencies. They will also represent gender diversity as well as malaria-affected countries and non-affected countries. The Co-Chair ad interim is: Dr Graham Alabaster, Chief Waste Management & Sanitation, Urban Basic Services Branch, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Geneva, Switzerland. The kick-off meeting for the MWSG will be held in September 2018. Further information will follow.
Mortality Trends Task Force
Chair : Tessa Wardlaw (UNICEF)
Next meeting : TBD
The Mortality Taskforce is publishing documents, including an academic paper and guidance note, on ‘Options for Evaluating the Impact of Malaria Control Efforts on Mortality in Africa‘. They also provide advocacy, coordination and guidance on obtaining input estimates for the Spectrum-based mortality modeling software, addressing better estimates of malaria-specific mortality, comortality, and the linearity assumption between malaria mortality and its determinants (e.g. intervention coverage).
Experts Consultation on Measuring Malaria-Specific Mortality Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group
|28-30.04.2010||Minutes of the meeting [PDF 108K]|
Second Mortality Task Force Meeting
|30-31.01.2006||Minutes of the meeting [PDF 80K] Background Note: Developing a User-Friendly Software Package to Model The Mortality Impact of Malaria Control Efforts [PDF 38K]|
First Mortality Task Force Meeting
|16.07.2003||Minutes of the meeting [PDF 82K]|
Morbidity Indicators and Estimation Task Force
Chair : Richard Cibulskis (WHO/GMP)
Next meeting : TBD
The Morbidity Task Force coordinates endemicity maps and estimates of disease burden and risk populations across countries. They review and provide recommendations for standardization of maps and estimates, and provide guidance and coordination of their availability and use.
First Malaria Morbidity Task Force Meeting
|19-21.10.2004||Minutes of the meeting [PDF 120K]|
Indicator and Data sources Task Force
Next meeting : TBD
The Indicator and Data sources task force develops consensus and guidelines for survey indicators, and provides recommendations for the standardization of guidelines and protocols for field testing of anemia, lab testing of parasitemia, the use of RDTs and other methods within household surveys to monitor case burden. They also provide guidance and recommendations on the use of other sampling methods (LQAS, EPI contact method, school surveys) to generate service coverage estimates. The taskforce coordinates secondary analysis of MICS, DHS and MIS malaria data, and organizes regional workshops for NMCP representatives on this topic.
Seventh Indicator and Data Sources Task Force Meeting
Sixth Household Survey and Indicators Task Force Meeting
Fifth Household Survey and Indicators Task Force Meeting
|5-6.04.2011||Meeting Report [PDF 230K]|
Forth Household Survey and Indicators Task Force Meeting
|23.06.2010||Meeting Report [PDF 138K]|
Third Survey and Indicator Guidance Task Force Meeting
|21.02.2007||Minutes of the Meeting (21.02.2007) [PDF 130K]|
Second Survey and Indicator Guidance Task Force Meeting
|5-6.01.2005||Minutes of the Second Meeting (5-6.01.2005)[PDF 175K]|
First Survey and Indicator Guidance Task Force Meeting
|10-11.02.2004||Minutes of the First Meeting (10-11.02.2004) [MS Word 175K] Household Surveys Status in sub-Saharan Africa (as of May 2005) [MS EXCEL 76K]|
Capacity Building Task Force
Co-chairs : Albert Kilian (Malaria Consortium),
Khoti Gausi (WHO/AFRO)
Next meeting : TBD
The Capacity Building Taskforce supports and facilitates capacity-building activities in sub-Saharan Africa, and provides guidance on tool development, notably the M&E Systems Strengthening Tool. They are supporting at least 12 countries to develop costed M&E plans through regional workshops and TA/support, and are developing malaria-specific M&E training curricula.
First Meeting of Task Force on Strengthening Country Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluation
Economic Task Force
Co-chairs : Nicola Cadge (DFID)
Next meeting: TBD
The Economic Taskforce works to examine the economic impact of malaria at the macro and household level.
Dissemination Task Force
Focal Point : Hannah Koenker (JHUCCP)
Next meeting : This Task Force is not active.
The Dissemination Taskforce identifies and disseminates key MERG products, such as the M&E Toolkit and MIS implementation guidelines, to national and international M&E staff.
Database Task Force
Focal Point :Hannah Koenker (JHUCCP)
Next meeting : TBD
The Database taskforce is developing a joint malaria database that pulls together high-quality information and data from RBM partners to facilitate malaria monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy worldwide. Its purpose is to provide a consistent, accurate and reliable source of malaria-related data for those working in malaria, including journalists, authors, advocates, NMCP managers, program planners, researchers and donors. The database will draw on strengths in data collection/reporting of RBM partners, reduce duplicative data collection/ management and dissemination by partners, increase transparency and accountability, and provide a single portal, with at-a-glance content as well as ability to delve deeper to serve variety of users.
First Meeting on Malaria databases
|22-23.02.2007||Meeting Summary [PDF 134K]|