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Launch of 2013 Neglected Tropical Diseases Report

In: Uncategorized • November 28th, 2013

APPMG 2013 Neglected Tropical Diseases Report

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Jeremy Lefroy MP encourages more Parliaments to set up special interest groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

In: Uncategorized • November 1st, 2013

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Jeremy Lefroy MP

Member of Parliament for the Stafford constituency

Release Date: 24th October 2013

 Jeremy Lefroy MP attends meeting with US Senator and encourages more Parliaments to set up special interest groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Whilst in Washington DC for the annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) met with the co-chair of the US Senate working group on Malaria and NTDs- Senator Roger Wicker along with the Global Network’s Neeraj Mistry and Mr. Ibrahim Souleymane MP from the National Assembly of Niger.

They discussed the huge economic burden these diseases have, especially in African countries and explored opportunities to partner together in the future to continue to build and maintain commitment amongst parliamentarians and senators to progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs across the globe.

Jeremy Lefroy commented:

 “It was a great honour to meet Senator Wicker together with Neeraj Mistry and Mr. Ibrahim Souleymane MP. We discussed how the US senate and UK parliament groups on Malaria and NTDs could work more closely together and agreed to jointly encourage more Parliaments to set up similar groups as we have seen how effective they are in our own countries. I welcome the US Government’s commitment to tackling malaria and NTDs in particular the ground breaking President’s Malaria Initiative set up by former President George W. Bush which together with the UK’s commitment in this area has made so much difference to funding work on NTDs over the past decade.”

 

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The APPMG 9th Malaria Report: ” 2013: Malaria at the Crossroads”

In: Malaria, Press Releases • October 15th, 2013

Malaria eradication – great progress has been made but annual deaths are still over 660,000.

Big challenges remain. An estimated 660,000 people are still dying every year from the disease, the vast majority children under five years old in sub-Saharan Africa.

It is not only the estimated 1.1 million deaths which were prevented between 2001 and 2010 – each one a precious son, daughter, mother or father – but also the hundreds of millions of malaria avoidance enabling people to work, or go to school when they could not otherwise have done.

Some of the excellent economic growth seen in many sub-Saharan African countries in recent years can be attributed to better control of malaria and other debilitating or fatal diseases.

However, the threat of insecticide resistance needs to be taken very seriously.
The tools which have served us so well – insecticide-treated bednets (LLIN) for prevention and Artemisinin Combination Therapies (ACTs) for cure – are both coming up against resistance by the ever-versatile and resilient malaria parasite.

Closing the funding gap is vital. The money required to control and eventually eradicate malaria from the planet remains far greater than the money allocated, despite a huge increase in resources since 2001.
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Our report shows how large the funding gap remains, and this is despite very substantial increases in money coming via the Global Fund and directly from the US and UK governments. The UK is one of the funding leaders, with a recent announcement by the Secretary of State of £1 billion funding for the Global Fund for the period 2014-16.

There are three major ways in which this gap can be filled:

a. official development assistance (ODA) from governments

b. private individuals and companies

c. domestic health spending by countries in which malaria is endemic.
The governments of most endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa (where most of the disease burden and deaths occur) have signed pledges such as the Abuja declaration to commit 15% of their national budget to health – but only nine countries, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Togo and Zambia had achieved this target in 2011 (WHO figures).

People living in these countries where the Abuja target has not yet been reached should keep up the pressure on their governments to achieve the targets. In doing so, they will be more able to maintain the progress they have made in fighting not only malaria but HIV/AIDS, TB, pneumonia and the other diseases which cause such pain and suffering and which continue to hold their economies back from greater growth.

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In: Uncategorized • October 15th, 2013

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On 15th October, the 9th Annual Malaria Report – Malaria at the Cross Road was launched by Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien MP, Prime Minister’s Special envoy to the SAHEL countries and Global Advocate on Malaria for Roll Back Malaria launched the Report.

Although much has been achieved, we are now facing our biggest challenges. An estimated 660,000 people are still dying from malaria every year. The vast majority under five years old in sub-Saharan Africa.

The tools which have served us so well, the long-lasting insecticide treated nets for prevention and the Artemisinin Combination Therapies for cure are coming up against resistance by the ever-versatile ever resilient malaria parasite.
The money required to control and eventually eradicate malaria remains far greater than the money available, despite huge increases since 2001.

Professor Schellenberg, London School of  Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who wrote the Report on behalf of the APPMG guided those at the meeting through the Report.

See Report & Press Release on this website

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The Ninth APPMG Malaria Report “2013: Malaria at the Cross Roads

In: Malaria • October 15th, 2013

APPMG 2013 Malaria Report

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HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases APPGs welcome UK Government support for Global Fund

In: Malaria, Press Releases • October 9th, 2013

The UK’s pledge of up to £1bn to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria represents a significant commitment by the UK government to lead the global fight against three of the world’s deadliest diseases. We congratulate the government on its ambitious pledge and applaud its determination to rally international support behind one of the most successful global health organisations at a critical moment.

In little more than a decade, the Global Fund has helped to turn the tide against HIV, TB and Malaria. Through the Fund, 5.3 million people have had access to ARVs who otherwise may have never received medication and 11 million people have been treated for TB, nearly half of whom, without treatment, may have lost their lives to the disease. Largely thanks to the Fund and its partners, 340 million bed nets have been distributed to protect men, women and children against malaria, leading to a historic drop in malaria deaths. In total, the Global Fund has helped save 8.7 million lives.

The efforts of the Fund and its partners have helped reverse the spread of HIV, TB and malaria and laid the foundation for even greater progress. Advances in science and implementation have taken us to a critical moment in the fight against these diseases. If we intensify our efforts now, scale up our investments and ensure the continued development and roll-out of new tools and treatments we can be the generation that beats HIV, TB and malaria. The alternative would mean squandering the progress that has been made and letting these diseases bounce back.

By committing up to £1bn to support the Global Fund, the UK government has made its decision clear. The pledge will see 750,000 people receive potentially life-saving anti-retroviral treatment for HIV, 32 million insecticide-treated bed nets will protect millions against malaria as they sleep, and 1 million people will receive treatment to help them fight off TB.

The government’s pledge has, however, laid down a challenge to other donor countries. It has promised to contribute up to 10% of the total replenishment; other donors must now step up to deliver the remaining 90%. We must ensure that the Global Fund has the resources it needs to win this fight.

We congratulate the Coalition Government for ensuring that Britain continues to play a leading role on global health. Most of all, though, we applaud it for sending a signal to the world that the UK is ready to seize this opportunity and do its part to ensure that these three terrible diseases are finally, and comprehensively, beaten.

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Autumn Programme of Events

In: Uncategorized • October 2nd, 2013

 Autumn Programme

Tuesday 15th October, 5pm, the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

9th Annual Malaria Report – Malaria at the Cross Roads

 This will be launched by Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien MP, Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien MP,

Prime Minister’s Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel

Professor Schellenberg, LSHTM, author of the Report, on behalf of the APPMG.

Save the Dates:

Friday, 29th November 11.30am, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

4th Annual Neglected Tropical Diseases Report

This will be launched by Professor Janet Hemingway, Chief Executive Officer Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Wednesday 11th December, 6pm-9pm MacMillan Room Portcullis House

2013 World Malaria Report  – focusing on developments and progress on Malaria & NTD Control

Speakers include:

Professor Christopher Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research & Evidence at the Department for International Development.

Professor Alan Fenwick, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health Imperial College, & Director of the Schisomiasis Control Initiative in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Dr Tim Wells, Chief Scientist, Medicines for Malaria Venture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UK spending on malaria focussed on cost effective solutions

In: Malaria, Press Releases • September 9th, 2013

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Mum-to-be Hamu Haruna is one the millions of Ghanaians able to sleep protected by a mosquito net thanks to the over 12 million nets donated and distributed through the partnership supported by DFID, the Global Fund, US and Ghanaian Governments and Malaria No More UK

We welcome today’s National Audit Office Report which highlights the value and importance of UK aid spending on malaria and finds malaria spending by the Department for International Development (DFID) focused on cost effective solutions.

This independent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) is both insightful and timely, as DFID is now halfway through scaling up efforts to achieve its laudable goal of helping at least halve malaria deaths in 10 or more countries by 2015.

The report highlights the immense value that DFID brings to the global effort to fight malaria, not just because of the significant financial backing they provide, but also for their leadership, expertise and guidance which is valued at a global and local level by malaria endemic countries, other donor governments and multilateral partners like the World Health Organisation.

Our Policy Advisor Alan Court, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Special Ambassador for Malaria and Financing the Health MDGs, says: “For those of us who have witnessed DFID’s thoughtful approach to taking on malaria, it comes as no surprise to see the NAO reinforce what a good investment choice this is. DFID’s increasing spend over the next few years will have a huge impact, not just in cutting unnecessary malaria deaths, but also in improving maternal and child survival and removing some of the barriers to development and productivity that will help countries achieve their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the end of 2015.”

The NAO reports malaria interventions are cost-effective according to international standards for the number of “healthy life years” they save for the money: with the average for malaria solutions selected by DFID (such as insecticide treated nets, medicines and preventative treatment for pregnant women and young children) costing less than 20% of the World Bank’s benchmark definition of health cost-effectiveness.

The report also found that the “Department’s bilateral programmes are well chosen”, and highlights the ongoing effort needed to continue to increase efficiency, cost-effectiveness and leveraging of DFID’s engagement to encourage others to support the global malaria campaign. The NAO emphasised the importance of a number of areas of work that DFID are rightly focused on improving; including better, more frequent measurement of outcomes not just outputs; increased access to and use of bed nets; and accurate diagnosis of malaria to ensure treatment is directed to those in need.

As those of you who have been following our work know, many of these are areas that we are also engaged on. James Whiting, our Executive Director comments: “The international malaria community know what works and thanks to the simple, cost-effective means at our disposal, global malaria death rates have been cut by 26% between 2000-2010. In addition to the NAO’s detailed case studies in a few countries, we also have experience in another, Ghana, where we invested together with DFID, the Global Fund, US and Ghanaian Governments to distribute and hang over 12 million life-saving bed nets. This investment is yielding encouraging outcomes: an independent study in three regions found 78% of children under 5 (those most vulnerable to malaria) reported sleeping under a net following the campaign – a significant increase from the previous year when just 28-48% of young children in these areas were using nets. This experience and the NAO report shows us how fighting malaria is a great example of UK aid being well-targeted and hugely effective.”

In Ghana, as in other areas, DFID are focused on ensuring coordinated effort amongst donors to avoid duplication and ensure maximum benefit, an aspect of their work that was praised in the report. However, the NAO also highlighted the powerful leadership role that DFID, as the third largest global funder of malaria, could have in encouraging others to take up and sustain funding for malaria.

We agree and support DFID’s increasing emphasis in this area, including efforts to increase domestic resources and local country ownership of the malaria fight. In Zambia, for example, DFID’s support has helped encourage the Zambian Government to increase its own spending on malaria with an additional $25M committed in 2013. This is a leadership area where DFID could really help make the case and leverage the sustained resources needed for effective action against malaria.

Find out more:
The full NAO Report
DFID: Halving malaria related deaths in at least 10 of the world’s worst affected countries
Tell your MP why you support the fight to make malaria no more

 

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The APPMG welcomes the publication of the National Audit Report

In: Uncategorized • July 9th, 2013

The APPMG welcomes the publication of the National Audit Report which has looked extensively at the work done by the Department of International Development (DFID) in the control of Malaria.

This is a very positive report which praised the well-informed and cost-effective choices DFID has made. It supports the sustained reduction of malaria, through its programmes to prevent, detect and treat the disease.

The NAO accepts DFID’s aim to contribute to halving malaria deaths in 10 countries by 2014-15.  DFID’s spend on malaria control has increased from £138 million in 2009, to £252 million in 2011-12 and it is estimated that it will spend almost £500,000 per year by 2014-15.

One of the UK coalition Goverment’s first comittments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, was to raise the spend on Malaria control to £500,000 per year.  This target is well on the way to being achieved said Jeremy Lefroy MP.  However, he was disappointed to hear that although DFID is commited to increasing its budget funding, funding from global donors and other governments will only meet less than half the annnual spend required, according to the World Health Organisation ($5.1 billion).

Jeremy Lefroy welcomed NAO’s endorsement of DIFD’s approach and its work on malaria control.  He noted that it is not easy to assess good value for money but he  was delighted that the additional financial support for the Global Fund and UNITAID gave very good value for money.

The Department is going to become the third largest donor in malaria control expertise.  Until developing countries improve and expand their own capacity in health control, DFID is able to provide in country training, resources and leadership, and does so.

Jeremy Lefroy agreed that DFID has a real grasp and understanding of the need for value for money.  However, it is essential to have up to date information, to demonstrate that  resources were being effectively used.

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(In 2010, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria worldwide. Symptoms include fever, headache and vomiting. Left untreated, malaria can become severe, cause anaemia and make people more vulnerable to other life-threatening diseases. The World Health Organization estimated malaria to have caused 660,000 deaths in 2010, representing progress on the estimated 755,000 deaths in 2000, particularly since 2007. Malaria particularly affects low-income countries with weak public health systems, constraining their economic growth. Of all deaths, 80 per cent occur in just 14, mainly African, countries).

 

 

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APPMG welcomes the publication of the National Audit Report

In: Uncategorized • July 7th, 2013

The APPMG welcomes the publication of the National Audit Report which has looked extensively at the work done by the Department of International Development (DFID) in the control of Malaria.

This is a very positive report which praised the well-informed and cost-effective choices DFID has made. It supports the sustained reduction of malaria, through its programmes to prevent, detect and treat the disease.

The NAO accepts DFID’s aim to contribute to halving malaria deaths in 10 countries by 2014-15.  DFID’s spend on malaria control has increased from £138 million in 2009, to £252 million in 2011-12 and it is estimated that it will spend almost £500,000 per year by 2014-15.

One of the UK coalition Goverment’s first comittments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, was to raise the spend on Malaria control to £500,000 per year.  This target is well on the way to being achieved said Jeremy Lefroy MP.  However, he was disappointed to hear that although DFID is commited to increasing its budget funding, funding from global donors and other governments will only meet less than half the annnual spend required, according to the World Health Organisation ($5.1 billion).

Jeremy Lefroy welcomed NAO’s endorsement of DIFD’s approach and its work on malaria control.  He noted that it is not easy to assess good value for money but he  was delighted that the additional financial support for the Global Fund and UNITAID gave very good value for money.

The Department is going to become the third largest donor in malaria control expertise.  Until developing countries improve and expand their own capacity in health control, DFID is able to provide in country training, resources and leadership, and does so.

Jeremy Lefroy agreed that DFID has a real grasp and understanding of the need for value for money.  However, it is essential to have up to date information, to demonstrate that  resources were being effectively used.

Note:

(In 2010, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria worldwide. Symptoms include fever, headache and vomiting. Left untreated, malaria can become severe, cause anaemia and make people more vulnerable to other life-threatening diseases. The World Health Organization estimated malaria to have caused 660,000 deaths in 2010, representing progress on the estimated 755,000 deaths in 2000, particularly since 2007. Malaria particularly affects low-income countries with weak public health systems, constraining their economic growth. Of all deaths, 80 per cent occur in just 14, mainly African, countries).

 

 

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