MSWG

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.

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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.