Mettre à l’échelle l’innovation pour répondre aux défis de l’assainissement au Sénégal

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L’Office National d’Assainissement du Sénégal a mis en place le Programme de structuration du marché des boues de vidange afin d’améliorer la filière des boues de vidange et d’assurer sa rentabilité dans les régions péri-urbaines de Dakar, capitale du Sénégal.

Depuis 2011, le Gouvernement du Sénégal s’est concentré sur l’élaboration d’une chaîne de valeur durable et inclusive. L’ONAS a introduit un prototype d’Omni Processeur capable de transformer les boues de vidange en énergie, eau et cendres ; a établit un centre d’appel qui connecte directement les entreprises de vidange aux ménages, contribuant ainsi à l’élimination de la vidange manuelle ; a créé un fonds de garantie dont l’objectif est d’aider les opérateurs à obtenir des crédits pour la réparation de leurs camions et pour se conformer aux exigences liées à la certification ; a mis en place un système de délégation transférant la maintenance et l’exploitation des infrastructures de gestion des boues de vidange à des opérateurs privés, en se basant sur leurs capacités financières et techniques, et sur leur respect des normes environnementales.

Après sept ans de mise en œuvre, l’ONAS prépare la mise à l’échelle du programme, dans l’optique d’améliorer les conditions de vie des populations des habitants des zones urbaines des autres régions du Sénégal. Convaincu que l’assainissement autonome est un pilier essentiel pour l’atteinte des Objectifs de développement durables (ODD), l’ONAS s’efforce de garantir de l’accès de tous, dans des conditions équitables, à des services d’assainissement et d’hygiène adéquats et de mettre fin à la défécation en plein air, en accordant une attention particulière aux besoins des femmes, des filles et des personnes en situation vulnérable.

Pour des informations supplémentaires, veuillez contacter onas@onas.sn.

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Scaling innovation to address sanitation challenges in Senegal

The National Sanitation Utility of Senegal (ONAS) set up the Program for the Structuring of the Fecal Sludge Market to improve the fecal sludge industry and ensure its profitability in peri-urban areas of Dakar, Senegal’s capital city.

Since 2011, the Government of Senegal has focused on creating an inclusive and sustainable value chain. ONAS has introduced an Omni Processor prototype capable of converting fecal sludge into energy, water and ashes; established a call center that directly connects emptying operators to households and helps eliminate manual emptying; created a guarantee fund that helps operators access funding for truck repairs and licensing compliance requirements; and set-up a delegation system that transferred fecal sludge management facility maintenance and operating to private operators based on their financials, technical capacities and environmental requirements.

After seven years of implementation, ONAS is preparing to scale the program to other regions, thus improving the living conditions of populations in urban centers across Senegal. Convinced that on-site sanitation is one of the key pillars for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ONAS strives to reach equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, while paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

For additional information, please contact onas@onas.sn.

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa is hiring a Team Leader!

IDENTIFICATION
Team Leader, Neglected Tropical Diseases
Grade: P5
Primary location: Congo, Brazzaville
Contract Duration: 2 years
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-Term Appointment

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
To reduce the burden and negative impact of communicable diseases on health and on the social and economic well-being of all people in the WHO/AFRO Region, through the prevention, control, eradication and/or elimination of selected Neglected Tropical Diseases. To support governments' NTD Programmes in coordination with national and international efforts for scaling-up NTD interventions to sustain the control, elimination and eradication of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

  • To initiate and lead the development of a strategic vision aimed at supporting countries in the development and implementation of sustainable regional strategies and policies to accelerate activities and interventions to overcome the health, economic and social impacts of NTDs;
  • To provide technical expertise to countries and coordinate the development of various NTD guidelines and tools for planning, implementing and monitoring and evaluation of NTD control, elimination and eradication projects and programmes which contribute to the reduction of NTD morbidity and mortality in the African Region;
  • To provide leadership and strategic coordination for the monitoring and evaluation of progress in the implementation of global and regional action plans on prevention, control, elimination and eradication of NTDs ensuring successes, lessons learnt and best practices are documented and shared to facilitate remedial actions, innovative problem solving and enhanced effectiveness in the fight against NTDs.
  • To proactively advise on, coordinate and promote operational research to support evidence-based decision-making and appropriate future approaches for NTD control to improve lives, promote economic productivity, and build expertise at the community level;
  • To identify, develop and strengthen strategic partnerships and advocate for continued investment and drug donation partnerships in NTD control in the African Region and increased resource mobilization for control, elimination and eradication of NTDs;
  • To proactively advise and ensure participation in the identification of regional and national capacity gaps in NTD to initiate and implement training to strengthen health staff and Member State skill-sets.
  • To closely collaborate with the Director on the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of the CDS cluster by leading the planning, implementation, monitoring and review of NTD objectives and outputs and contributing to regular revisions of the Cluster's strategic plan.
  • To lead and directly manage all staff in the NTD programme area, and relevant ISTs, including articulating the vision and goals of the Programme and the coordination, monitoring and approval of work plans and mission requests.In agreement with the Cluster Director oversee the formulation of objectives for Performance Management and Development System (PMDS) for all staff in NTD ensuring accurate and timely appraisals and any required follow-up actions take place.
  • To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Essential: Advanced medical degree and a postgraduate degree in epidemiology, public health or communicable disease control.
Desirable: Specialized training or a degree in Management.

Experience
Essential:

  • At least ten years' experience in the area of prevention and control of communicable diseases and coordinating disease control programmes, of which at least five years at the international level.Field experience, preferably in the African region.
  • Extensive experience overseeing strategic planning with a results focused approach to the management of disease control programmes.
  • Proven experience of implementing NTD prevention, control, elimination and/or eradication activities at country and/or regional level.

Desirable: Experience with intergovernmental agencies, the UN System or WHO and knowledge of national, regional and global partnerships and networks.

SKILLS

  • Demonstrated expertise and managerial skills in epidemiological and socio-behavioural aspects of communicable diseases;
  • Sound track record in planning, monitoring and evaluation of various aspects of NTD prevention, control and/ or elimination and eradication;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear direction and technical, authoritative advice and guidance to team members, colleagues, peers, governments and multiple stakeholders and partners, taking into account internal priorities and capacity and broader political and resource-limited contexts;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and/or take remedial action in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics;
  • Proven skills in negotiating, developing and nurturing partnerships at all levels including for resource mobilization; Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

WHO COMPETENCIES
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Communication
Teamwork

USE OF LANGUAGE SKILLS
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: The above language requirements are interchangeable.

REMUNERATION
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 85,543 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4170 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. - For information on WHO's operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

To apply, please send the requested information to Lilian Wanjiku THAIRU: thairul@who.int

African Union Statement on the Occasion of the World Malaria Day

Eighteen years after the historic Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria was signed by Heads of State and Government on 25 April 2000, African countries continue to bear the heaviest brunt of the Malaria epidemic with 90% of the disease burden on the continent. Recognising that Malaria is a huge public health threat African leaders declared 25 April as Malaria Day to ensure that the disease remains high at the policy and political agenda of the continent. Today as we join the community of nations to commemorate the World Malaria Day under the themeReady to Beat Malaria we are cognizant of the fact that ending Malaria is a collective responsibility that requires every individual in our communities to take concerted action and more broadly we need sustained partnerships.

Without renewed and urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat of being reversed. The African Union calls for greater investment and expanded coverage of proven tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.

While there has been remarkable progress in responding to Malaria over the years the 2017 World malaria report highlights that progress has stalled globally.  The current pace is insufficient to achieve the bold and ambitious target to reduce malaria mortality rates to zero in all countries to at least 40% by 2020 as laid out in the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. African Union Member States should thus accelerate efforts towards universal access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment, transform malaria surveillance into a core intervention, harness innovation and expand research, strengthen the enabling environment and accelerate efforts towards elimination and malaria free status.

We cannot achieve the ambitious aspirations for socio-economic development, inclusive economic growth and Africa’s structural transformation Agenda by 2063 if we do not address the health agenda boldly. While we have many competing development priorities on the continent, African countries’ huge economic boom provides an opportunity for improved service delivery in the areas of health as well as education, power, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030 in line with the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 adopted by Heads of State and Government in at the July 2016 Summit.

Malaria alone is estimated to rob the continent of US$12 billion per year in lost productivity, investment and associated health care costs. It is therefore critical that we sustain the political commitment, as articulated in our continental Agenda 2063, to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2030 through increased domestic financing, increased access to life-saving malaria interventions, as well as more robust health systems. Malaria, a treatable and preventable disease, already costs the African continent’s economy US$ 12 billion per year in direct losses, and 1.3% of lost annual GDP growth.,

This July the African Union Heads of State and Government and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will jointly launch the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” a continent-wide public-facing campaign for a malaria-free Africa. The campaign will provide high-level engagement with government, private sector and civil society leaders: as part of the pan-African “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign, leaders will be invited to publicly pledge their support to and make concrete commitments towards malaria elimination. It will advocate for an increase in external and domestic funding for malaria elimination, increase awareness and ownership at the community level and provide mission-critical support to malaria endemic countries.

The Africa CDC established in 2017 has seen increased support to all African countries to improve surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious diseases. This includes addressing outbreaks, man-made and natural disasters, and public health events of regional and international concern. This new public health order in Africa will improve our response to malaria.

Her Excellency Mrs. Amira El Fadil
Commissioner for Social Affairs
African Union Commission

This World Malaria Day, we’re ready to beat malaria – are you?

Activities take place across the world to celebrate progress against malaria and encourage political, scientific and personal commitments to end the disease for good.

25th April marks the tenth World Malaria Day and the culmination of a month of worldwide action against the disease at a time when global malaria cases are on the rise for the first time in a decade.

With the rallying call ‘Ready to Beat Malaria’, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria is encouraging governments, health bodies, private sector companies and the public to accelerate progress against malaria, making this World Malaria Day even more vital.

“After a decade of success in pushing back malaria, it is on the rise again and will come back with a vengeance if we do not act decisively now,” warns Dr Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

Dr Kesete Admasu adds: “Half the world is still threatened by malaria, an entirely preventable, treatable disease which takes a child’s life every two minutes. Worldwide action is needed to meet the 2030 target of reducing malaria cases by at least 90%. We are delighted that more countries than ever, forty-four, are reporting less than 10,000 cases, however we must ensure we continue to press forward to end malaria – not only in high-burden nations but also those on track to eliminate the disease. It is our global responsibility to consign malaria to the history books.” 

Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, RBM Partnership Board Chair comments; “This month has seen world leaders come together to renew commitments to step up funding and speed up innovations against the disease. It has been a truly momentous time in the fight against malaria, but the battle is not yet won. We also need citizen and community action around the world to drive momentum towards reaching global targets.

“The malaria fight is at a crossroads and we could be the generation to end the disease for good. If we don’t seize the moment now, our hard-won gains will be lost. We’re ready to beat malaria – are you?”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, says: “World Malaria Day reminds us of the challenges that remain. The declining trend in malaria cases and deaths has stalled and vital funding for malaria programmes has flat lined. If we continue along this path, we will lose the gains for which we have fought so hard.

“We call on countries and the global health community to close the critical gaps in the malaria response. Together we must ensure that no one is left behind in accessing lifesaving services to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.”

World Malaria Day comes on the heels of two major malaria events – the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, where UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other Commonwealth leaders made a commitment to halve malaria burden across 53 member countries by 2023 in response to the London Malaria Summit. In addition, the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) conference in Dakar brought together scientists and researchers from across Africa to share the latest innovations in the fight against the disease.  

The day has also inspired creativity from RBM Partnership partners worldwide, from music videos by the Nigeria National Malaria Elimination Program to Japanese traditional theatre performances from Malaria No More Japan. Other exciting events taking place across the globe to celebrate World Malaria Day include:

  • The RBM Partnership to End Malaria and the Swiss Malaria Group are hosting the 10th anniversary celebrations of World Malaria Day in Geneva on 25 April 2018. An inauguration of the World Malaria Day art installation on Place des Nations will take place followed by a high-level roundtable organised together with the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute.
  • There are numerous events happening in Nigeria, the country with the heaviest malaria burden in Africa, around World Malaria Day:
    • Ready to Beat Malaria in the State of Osun is running from 23 April to 25 April and will include a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program on the holistic approach to the management of malaria and community outreach to rural communities featuring health talks on malaria prevention strategies and malaria screenings.
    • The End Malaria World Festival promises to be the biggest ever malaria event in Nigeria and will take place at the convocation Arena Rivers State University Port-Harcourt on 24-25 April to create awareness on the increasing scourge of malaria in Nigeria and efforts at combating it.
    • The Nigerian Ministry of Health will convene 300 doctors in Lagos to discuss whether Nigeria is ready to beat malaria and how technology and nutrition can help fight the disease.
  • On 24 April, The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the UK hosted a parliamentary event at the Palace of Westminster to discuss the challenges and opportunities for tackling malaria across the Commonwealth.
  • On 25 April, in Port au Prince, Haiti, the First Lady of Haiti Martine Moïse and more than 300 government officials, civil society representatives, scientists and technical partners, including the Malaria Zero Alliance, are gathering to increase awareness of Haiti’s commitment to eliminating malaria by 2022.
  • In Washington D.C., USA, the Malaria roundtable (which includes UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets, Malaria No More, PATH, Friends of the Global Fight, ASTMH) is hosting a reception on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the Senate Caucus on Malaria and NTDs on 25 April. The reception will include comment from members of Congress, Administration officials and partners celebrating the U.S. impact in the malaria fight.
  • The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, US is hosting a symposium on malaria drug development and resistance at the Bloomberg School of Public Health on 25 April.

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About the RBM Partnership to End Malaria
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the largest global platform for coordinated action against malaria. Originally established as Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in 1998, it mobilises for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organisations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

More information: World Malaria Day 2018 factsheet.

Inside #MIM2018: A wrap-up of the week and moving forward to #EndMalaria

It was a busy week at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM). The mass of information presented in panels, plenaries and symposia was diverse, with researchers, health workers, program managers, ministers and others working to eliminate malaria on the African continent and globally, learning, teaching and networking with each other.

Below are some of the highlights from the week including a look at recurring themes, side events, and exhibitions from the six-day conference that hosted more than 2,000 participants at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center, Diamniadio, Senegal, from 15-20 April 2018.

 RBM Partnership to End Malaria CEO Dr. Kesete Admasu giving opening ceremony remarks on the first day of MIM.

RBM Partnership to End Malaria CEO Dr. Kesete Admasu giving opening ceremony remarks on the first day of MIM.

Sunday’s opening ceremony set the mood for conference goers, reminding them of what MIM has achieved so far and what to expect in the future. The acceptance of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award for Excellence by Senegalese President H.E. Macky Sall at the ceremony was a great opportunity to reaffirm the message that malaria elimination is possible.

The second plenary session, on Monday morning, led by Dr. Pedro L. Alonso, Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme, and Dr. Fred Binka, Coordinator of WHO’s Mekong Malaria Elimination Project, introduced statistics confirming that although it is possible 2020 elimination targets will be met in the 10 most endemic countries, morbidity and mortality targets may not be reached.

“Malaria can be diagnosed and is entirely treatable. No one should be dying of malaria. Wherever you are in the world there are drugs available,” affirmed Dr. Alonso as he discussed “Malaria Control and Management”.

The session also introduced a key theme that was widely discussed throughout the week: how to re-energize stagnant funding and replace outdated tools and behaviors. “We can have all the best tools, but without the proper behaviors we can’t get to our goals,” remarked Dr. Binka during his presentation on “Health Systems”.

Another theme heard throughout the week was a call for cross-border collaboration for innovation and problem solving. On Tuesday morning, Speak Up Africa, PATH, and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria hosted National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) Managers from across Africa at an informal breakfast meeting to introduce preliminary plans for the pan-African scaling of Senegal’s successful malaria elimination mobilization campaign, “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” by the African Union Commission and RBM.

 National Malaria Control Program Managers from across the African continent attended a briefing session to learn more about plans to scale up the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign to other countries on Tuesday.

National Malaria Control Program Managers from across the African continent attended a briefing session to learn more about plans to scale up the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign to other countries on Tuesday.

NMPM’s from both Francophone and Anglophone countries, including Guinea, Niger, Chad, and Botswana, were in attendance at the breakfast and given a preview of the proposed web-based toolkit being developed to help make the multi-country expansion easy for pilot countries.

A specific example of how cross-border collaboration methods are being implemented was presented on Wednesday during a symposium entitled “Cross-border management of malaria control in Senegal and the subregion: Challenges and prospects”, led by Dr. Doudou Sène, Coordinator of Senegal’s National Malaria Control Program, and Dr. Balla Kandeh, Head of the National Malaria Control Program in Gambia.

Dr. Sène and Dr. Kandeh detailed the steps taken during the program that has been implemented in regions near the Senegal-Gambia border. This included highlighting the similarities and differences in the fight against malaria in both countries and using that information to find the ideal tools and methodologies to meet specific elimination needs.

Wednesday was also the day that the Malaria Summit took place at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The events of MIM were amplified on this day as business leaders, philanthropists, scientists, heads of states and civil society actors gathered in the UK to announce significant new commitments towards beating malaria.

“We have made significant gains against malaria on the African continent. This progress has been the result of the sustained commitment from African leaders and the international community. But the gains made are fragile and there is no room for complacency. Failure to sustain and indeed strengthen our efforts will have humanitarian effects as well as cost implications for our respective countries. Today the Commonwealth has made a strong statement that it is ready to beat malaria. Let’s recommit to work together as governments, development partners, the private sector and communities to eliminate malaria for good. Zero malaria starts with me and with you,” said H.E. Dr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of eSwatini representing His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of eSwatini and Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) during the CHOGM Malaria Summit.

 “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” champions visiting the campaign booth in the MIM exhibition tent.

“Zero Malaria Starts with Me” champions visiting the campaign booth in the MIM exhibition tent.

In addition to the many presentations and discussions happening inside the conference center last week, there was also a lot of sharing of new technologies, drugs, tools, systems and more outside the center in the exhibition area. Daily visits to the tented hall, gave visitors an opportunity to ask questions and have in-depth discussions with teams staffing the booths of pharmaceutical companies, country programs, research organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders working to #EndMalaria, including a stand manned by Speak Up Africa staff for the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign.

The week’s busiest booth would go to Vestergaard’s PermaNet 3.0. Set-up to resemble a home with a mosquito net flanked bed on the interior, the gathering space outside, complete with tables and stools, hosted conference visitors for lunch and discussions each afternoon. Syngenta found a way to make the malaria fight fun by using interactive games and hands-on tools at their stand, including a ball toss where players were rewarded for landing on countries where progress in malaria elimination had been made. Also interesting from the expo floor was the booth of The Global Good Fund, who introduced findings from their pilot field trial in Gambia that is exploring controlling malaria by improving the built environment through the redesign of doors and windows for homes.

 Prof. Omar Gaye, Chair of the MIM organizing committee, at the MIM closing ceremony.

Prof. Omar Gaye, Chair of the MIM organizing committee, at the MIM closing ceremony.

#MIM2018 was definitely a full week where everyone in attendance became more knowledgeable, met potential collaborators and converted new champions. During the closing ceremony on Friday, Prof. Omar Gaye, Chair of the MIM organizing committee, presented several certificates of recognition to researchers working in every area of malaria elimination for their tireless dedication.  “Let us stay encouraged and focused. Together we will see a world free of malaria.”

For more highlights from the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria in Senegal review #MIM2018 on Twitter at www.bit.ly/mim2018-highlights.

Inside #MIM2018: A night under the stars with Youssou Ndour to say thank you and celebrate the people working to #EndMalaria on day 4 of the conference

We are more than half way through a week of knowledge sharing and networking at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM). On Wednesday night, to show gratitude and celebrate the many stakeholders working daily to #EndMalaria, the MIM organizing committee hosted a special night gala dinner with a private concert from international favorite, and malaria champion, Youssou Ndour.

Here’s a look at the night, that included presentation of awards and certificates for conference organizers and performances from traditional dancers and musicians.

 MIM2018 Organizing Committee President, Prof. Oumar Gaye, welcomes guests to the gala.

MIM2018 Organizing Committee President, Prof. Oumar Gaye, welcomes guests to the gala.

 Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, and other malaria champions enjoy the entertainment at the gala dinner.

Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, and other malaria champions enjoy the entertainment at the gala dinner.

 The Vestergaard team enjoys dinner and downtime after a long day in the MIM exhibition hall.

The Vestergaard team enjoys dinner and downtime after a long day in the MIM exhibition hall.

 Prof. Wilfred Mbacham, Associate Professor at the Biotechnology Center (BTC) of the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon at the gala dinner. Prof. Mbacham was one of many malaria champions that were honored with a certificate of appreciation at the gala.

Prof. Wilfred Mbacham, Associate Professor at the Biotechnology Center (BTC) of the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon at the gala dinner. Prof. Mbacham was one of many malaria champions that were honored with a certificate of appreciation at the gala.

 Nobel Prize winner and MIM speaker Prof. Harold Varmus accepts a certificate of appreciation from MIM2018 Organizing Committee President, Prof. Oumar Gaye.

Nobel Prize winner and MIM speaker Prof. Harold Varmus accepts a certificate of appreciation from MIM2018 Organizing Committee President, Prof. Oumar Gaye.

 Prof. Ogobara Doumbo, Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center in Bamako, Mali, was one of many malaria champions honored during the gala.

Prof. Ogobara Doumbo, Director of the Malaria Research and Training Center in Bamako, Mali, was one of many malaria champions honored during the gala.

 Prof. Gaye presents Prof. Rose Leke, Chair of the MIM Secretariat andEmeritus Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde, Cameroon , with a certificate of appreciation.

Prof. Gaye presents Prof. Rose Leke, Chair of the MIM Secretariat andEmeritus Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde, Cameroon , with a certificate of appreciation.

 Malaria champion Youssou Ndour performed after the awards are presented.

Malaria champion Youssou Ndour performed after the awards are presented.

 Youssou Ndour shares his certificate of recognition from the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. A long-time champion for the elimination of malaria, he gave gala attendees a private concert at the MIM.

Youssou Ndour shares his certificate of recognition from the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. A long-time champion for the elimination of malaria, he gave gala attendees a private concert at the MIM.

Inside #MIM2018: “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign showcases achievements and celebrates Senegal's successes in the malaria-fight on day 2 of the conference

The “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” national mobilization campaign to eliminate malaria has been a model of success since it was first launched in Senegal in 2014. Organizations around the world continue to laud the program, with H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal, receiving the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award for Excellence for his outstanding leadership of the campaign, which helped the country reduce malaria cases by more than twenty percent between 2015-2016.

Now in its fourth year, “Zero Malaria” is ready to expand beyond the borders of Senegal, and take its innovative, inclusive approach to increasing awareness in the population at all levels of society, engaging the private sector, and making malaria elimination a priority at the the highest levels of government, to neighboring countries with the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

On Monday, at a special luncheon during the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) conference, Speak Up Africa and its partners highlighted the achievements and opportunities of the campaign, as well as presented the plans for expansion.

 Pr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck Minister of State of Senegal, speaking about the "Zero Malaria Starts with Me" luncheon.

Pr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck Minister of State of Senegal, speaking about the "Zero Malaria Starts with Me" luncheon.

“We are delighted to hear about the campaign’s expansion throughout Africa and hope to further our activities with National Malaria Control Programmes throughout the continent,” said Kabirou Mbodje, CEO and Founder of Wari, an international digital platform, born in Africa and dedicated to financial inclusion. “By sponsoring several community-based and mass communication activities, we aim to improve awareness of malaria prevention in Senegal and on the continent.”

In its new expanded phase, the campaign will support African nations in their efforts towards malaria elimination through:

  • High-level engagement with government, private sector and civil society leaders: as part of the pan-African “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign, leaders will be invited to publicly pledge their support to and make concrete commitments towards malaria elimination.
  • Advocating for an increase in external and domestic funding for malaria elimination: as part of the broader strategy of increasing the financial envelope for malaria, the campaign will explore innovative financial mechanisms and attract contributions from the private sector.
  • Increasing awareness and ownership at the community level: broad public engagement with a focus on youth, and development of a “community malaria champions” network will be a key element of the campaign.
  • Providing mission-critical support to malaria endemic countries: the campaign will support national malaria control programmes in their elimination efforts through the elaboration of a hands-on “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” toolkit and on-demand technical assistance.

During the luncheon, moderated by Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, CEO of ACT Africa Group, the importance of participation from all stakeholders–community citizens, researchers, health workers, national program managers, and government officials–was stressed.

 The three pillars of the "Zero Malaria Starts with Me" campaign represented in one photo: political commitment, community and private sector engagement. 

The three pillars of the "Zero Malaria Starts with Me" campaign represented in one photo: political commitment, community and private sector engagement. 

“We need strong political leadership across levels to ensure malaria elimination remains a top health and development priority. As we’ve seen in Senegal, strong government commitment is critical for advancing progress against malaria. However, cross-national political partnerships are also essential for sharing best practices and ensuring sustained success,” remarked Philip Welkhoff, Malaria Program Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

AU member states, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, have already expressed interest in the campaign, and the RBM Partnership continues to work closely with the AU Commission and other partners on developing the campaign ahead of a planned launch during the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania in June.

To learn more about “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” visit http://www.zeropalu.org/ (French).

Inside #MIM2018: A wrap up of the first day on its return to Senegal twenty years later

Yesterday marked day one of the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), the largest scientific conference focused on the global fight to eliminate malaria. Once again, twenty years after the first MIM conference, scientists, researchers, policymakers, and heads of state are meeting in Senegal, this time at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD), to promote global collaboration and build research capacity in malaria-endemic countries across Africa.

Taking advantage of the overwhelming presence of partners attending the conference, the  RBM Partnership to End Malaria board convened for a dialogue, where the newly released strategic plan was introduced and questions were answered regarding the way forward for the new board.

 RBM Partnership to End Malaria board members convene a dialogue before the opening ceremony of the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) on 15 April 2018.

RBM Partnership to End Malaria board members convene a dialogue before the opening ceremony of the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) on 15 April 2018.

After an introduction of board members by Board Chairperson Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Senegal Minister of State, Prof. Awa Coll-Seck, welcomed the First Lady of Niger, H.E. Aïssata Issoufou, and reiterated the need for cross-border collaboration.

RBM CEO Dr. Kesete Admasu wrapped up the first part of the session with key points from the 2018-2020 strategy including three cross-cutting objectives:

  • Keep malaria high on political and developmental agendas;
  • Promote and support regional approaches;
  • Promote and advocate for sustainable malaria financing.

The dialogue concluded with questions from the audience, allowing an opportunity for all board members to contribute their inputs to the discussion, including Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross, who reminded the audience, “We will not eliminate #malaria if we do not address the situation of refugees in Myanmar or the issues in northern Nigeria.”

Dr. Pedro L. Alonso, Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme, also announced that three African countries, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, will be part of the first rollout of the malaria vaccine, RTS,S, reminding participants that tangible innovations and advances are being made towards elimination.

Following the RBM dialogue session, the #MIM2018 opening ceremony was convened in the CICAD auditorium. Moderated by Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Consulting and Trading, highlights for the upcoming week were shared by Dr. Rose Leke, MIM Secretariat Director; Dr. Admasu; Prof. Omar Gaye, Chair of the MIM organizing committee and and Head of the Department of Parasitology of the Faculty of Medicine at Cheikh Anta Diop University; Dr. Magda Robalo, Director of Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), who shared remarks from WHO AFRO Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti in her absence; and African Union Representative Mariama Cissé.

 Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Harold Varmus, on stage during the opening ceremony of the  7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) on 15 April 2018. Dr. Varmus’ plenary session, “The Spirit of Dakar” was the first for the week-long conference.

Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Harold Varmus, on stage during the opening ceremony of the  7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) on 15 April 2018. Dr. Varmus’ plenary session, “The Spirit of Dakar” was the first for the week-long conference.

Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Harold Varmus, who was part of the MIM founding committee in 1997, led the first plenary session, “The Spirit of Dakar”, sharing that the “one unifying issue and rallying cry across Africa” at that time was malaria, and underscoring the work of the Malaria Research and Training Center, in Bamako, Mali, led by scientists Yeya Touré and Ogobara Doumbo.                     

The Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Joy Phumaphi, used the ceremony as an opportunity to present Senegalese President, H.E. Macky Sall, with the ALMA Award for Excellence for his outstanding leadership in reducing malaria cases in Senegal by more than twenty percent between 2015-2016.

 Senegalese President, H.E. Macky Sall accepting the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award for Excellence from ALMA Executive Secretary Joy Phumaphi during the #MIM2018 opening ceremony.

Senegalese President, H.E. Macky Sall accepting the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award for Excellence from ALMA Executive Secretary Joy Phumaphi during the #MIM2018 opening ceremony.

"This reaffirmed commitment to building a malaria-free world underlines our common ambition to save lives and leverage human capital in order to strengthen our economies and ensure the well-being of our people, especially the most vulnerable. To reinforce our current gains and amplify results, the Government of Senegal progressively raised the budget allocated to health while creating a specific budget line to the malaria fight," he said, closing the ceremony.

The MIM conference, “Dakar II: Two Decades of Progress, Challenges and Perspectives in Ending Malaria”, will continue at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center in Diamniadio, Senegal from 15-20 April. Focused on new research in malaria surveillance, diagnostics, drugs, vector control, vaccines and health systems, participants will discuss how these tools can be used to accelerate the fight against malaria, both globally and within sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, panel discussions, workshops and keynote speeches will discuss the tremendous progress made over the past two decades, as well as addressing the challenges to achieving complete elimination.

For more information on MIM, visit www.mim2018.org.
 

International Experts Convene in Dakar to Present Latest Innovations in the Fight Against Malaria

7th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference focuses on the latest research and combatting remaining obstacles in the effort to end malaria for good

DAKAR, SENEGAL (April 15, 2018) – Thousands of researchers, experts and government officials from more than 70 countries gathered today for the launch of the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan African Malaria Conference, April 15-20, the largest scientific conference focusing on the global fight to eliminate malaria.

The conference, “Dakar II: Two Decades of Progress, Challenges and Perspectives in Ending Malaria,” will focus on new research in malaria surveillance, diagnostics, drugs, vector control, vaccines and health systems, and will discuss how these tools can be used to accelerate the fight against malaria, both globally and within sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, panel discussions, workshops and keynote speeches will discuss the tremendous progress made over the past two decades, as well as addressing the challenges to achieving complete elimination.

Among the speakers will be Nobel Prize winner Prof. Harold Varmus; Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa; Dr. Pedro Alonso, Head of the WHO Global Malaria Programme; Dr. Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership and the former Minister of Health of Ethiopia; and H.E. Amira El Fadil, African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs.

At the conference’s opening ceremony today, Senegalese President Macky Sall accepted the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award for Excellence for his outstanding leadership in reducing malaria cases in Senegal by more than 20 percent between 2015 and 2016. Exemplifying what’s needed to stay committed on the path to a malaria-free Africa, President Sall focused on the urgent need to develop new tools and redouble efforts to advance the fight against this preventable disease.

"This reaffirmed commitment to building a malaria-free world underlines our common ambition to save lives and leverage human capital in order to strengthen our economies and ensure the well-being of our people, especially the most vulnerable. To reinforce our current gains and amplify results, the Government of Senegal progressively raised the budget allocated to health while creating a specific budget line to the malaria fight." said President Sall.

A wide array of innovative new tools and solutions will be presented at the conference, including the first-ever malaria vaccine, RTS,S, which will be rolled out later this year in parts of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Other topics to be discussed include the launch of an online database to address insecticide resistance, the impact of intermittent preventive therapy of malaria in pregnancy, preventing the disease through seasonal malaria chemoprevention, eliminating mosquitos through genetic engineering and addressing malaria transmitted through blood transfusions.

“Defeating malaria will require a coordinated, multipronged approach that brings together the resources, knowledge and expertise of individuals and institutions from a range of sectors,” said Dr. Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. “The expertise and focus represented at this conference are critical for accelerating progress against a stalled agenda.”

The advances over the past 20 years have put the world on a path to ending malaria for good.  While this progress is commendable, the 2017 World Malaria Report demonstrates that it has stalled and is fragile and uneven. In 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria, about 5 million more than in 2015, and 90 percent of these cases occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 445,000 people who died of the disease, about two-thirds were children under the age of 5. Yet, the number of countries reporting fewer than 10,000 cases was at its highest in 2016, showing that with determination, prioritization and the right tools, elimination is possible.

“The development of new, innovative tools to fight malaria is absolutely essential,” said Prof. Omar Gaye, Chair of the MIM organizing committee and Head of the Department of Parasitology of the Faculty of Medicine of Cheikh Anta Diop University, which is hosting the conference. “With insecticide and drug resistance becoming an increasingly urgent threat, we must act quickly to regain the momentum we have achieved over the past 15 years and accelerate progress toward ending the disease. That means greater emphasis on prevention strategies, improved research and clinical study approaches, and increased funding.”

The conference is being held a week ahead of World Malaria Day, which takes place on April 25 each year. It is also running parallel to the London Malaria Summit, which takes place alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on April 18. This meeting will bring together high-level stakeholders, including business leaders, philanthropists, scientists, heads of state and members of civil society to announce significant new commitments to mobilize domestic resources, increase investment, and develop new innovations and approaches toward beating malaria.

About the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM):

The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) was established in 1997 with the mission to strengthen and sustain, through collaborative research and training, the capacity of malaria-endemic countries in Africa to carry out the research that is required to develop and improve tools for malaria control and to strengthen the research-control interface. Every four years, the MIM organizes a Pan African Malaria Conference to celebrate progress made by researchers and control program managers. The MIM Secretariat is based at the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon, with Prof. Rose Leke as co-chair, Prof. Wilfred Mbacham as executive director, and Dr. Abanda Ngu Njei as manager. For this 7th MIM conference, the Local Organizing Committee is chaired by Prof. Omar Gaye and co-organized by Speak Up Africa.

Speak Up Africa joins forces with Special Olympics Senegal to provide menstrual hygiene management training for athletic coaches

Speak Up Africa and Special Olympics Senegal are long time partners in the fight against malaria, immunization awareness and breaking taboos around menstrual hygiene management (MHM).

Last week, at the Speak Up Africa Lab in Pikine, Senegal, the two organizations joined forces again for a training that prepared 19 Special Olympic coaches, from regions across Senegal, with the skills they will need to facilitate MHM awareness activities for people living with intellectual disabilities.

 Coaches from Special Olympics Senegal participate in a menstrual health management (MHM) training on 5 April 2018 at the Speak Up Africa Lab in Pikine, Senegal. The workshop prepares the women to lead their own MHM awareness activities for people living with intellectual disabilities.

Coaches from Special Olympics Senegal participate in a menstrual health management (MHM) training on 5 April 2018 at the Speak Up Africa Lab in Pikine, Senegal. The workshop prepares the women to lead their own MHM awareness activities for people living with intellectual disabilities.

Lead by Speak Up Africa Gender Expert Consultant Selly Ba, and Sanitation Program Officer Sophie Diop, the day-long workshop was broken into three modules covering:

  • The concepts of gender and equity, where participants were encouraged to share their thoughts on the topic;
  •  Health and menstrual hygiene including the biological aspects of menstruation;
  • Use and diversity of feminine hygiene products with a demonstration.

At the conclusion of the workshop, coaches received workshop materials, which they will use to conduct their own MHM trainings for Special Olympic athletes, and stressed the need for ongoing collaboration in providing solutions that meet the needs of young people with intellectual disabilities.

 During the workshop, Sophie Diop, Speak Up Africa’s Sanitation Program Officer, leads participants in a demonstration of various feminine hygiene products.

During the workshop, Sophie Diop, Speak Up Africa’s Sanitation Program Officer, leads participants in a demonstration of various feminine hygiene products.

Special Olympics Senegal is part of a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, using sports to help people with intellectual disabilities discover new skills, confidence and fulfillment. Working to spread compassion and tolerance, the international organization provides a wide range of training programs, competitions, medical examinations and fundraising events that focus on changing attitudes and supporting athletes.

Speak Up Africa’s “No Taboo Periods” campaign aims to positively impact and change perceptions around MHM, targeting national policies and decision makers in health, environment, water and sanitation. Workshops have been delivered in Senegal, and in Freetown, by special request of H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma, the First Lady of Sierra Leone.

How a Little Innovation and Determination Helped One Community in Senegal Reach Zero Malaria-related Deaths

The community of Thiénaba, 180 km from Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, has not had a malaria-related death since 2009. Prior to this, malaria was wreaking havoc in the community, including Ami Diop, a 12-year-old girl, who passed away in October 1999 after a two day sickness with fever.  

Ami’s father, El Hadj Diop, devastated by the loss of his daughter, decided something had to be done to prevent other families from experiencing the tragedy of this preventable disease. He formed Association Islamique Sopey Mohamed (AISM), which became the town’s main source of education on stopping malaria. Twenty years later, persistence and communal responsibility have become the simple, yet innovative solution to Thiénaba’s malaria challenge.

Now reaching as many as 73 neighboring towns and villages, the association has developed a successful method for beating malaria that includes providing everyone–man, woman and child–with knowledge on preventing and detecting malaria.

 Pr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Senegal's Minister of State and El Hadj Diop, President of the Association Islamique Sopey Mohamed (AISM).

Pr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Senegal's Minister of State and El Hadj Diop, President of the Association Islamique Sopey Mohamed (AISM).

In addition to educating the community, association members also conduct surprise home visits to ensure everyone is sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets every night. If members find nets are not being used, families are fined 250 FCFA (about $0.50), which goes into a community fund. It has been several years since anyone has been fined.

The association also organizes “set settal” days, where everyone comes together to keep the community clean, making sure to drain stagnant water and diminishing places mosquitoes can breed.

This week, the efforts of El Hadj, AISM and the entire community of Thiénaba were celebrated with the inauguration of a new community center and office space for AISM. On hand to celebrate their accomplishments were Prof. Awa Marie Coll Seck, Senegal’s Minister of State and RBM Partnership to End Malaria Board Member. “When we put our mind to it, we can effectively control malaria and even eliminate it once and for all here in Senegal and beyond,” remarked Prof. Coll Seck.

The town of Thiénaba and El Hadj are becoming international examples of how the smallest of actions can have the biggest impact on transforming lives. Such examples have inspired the national mobilization campaign Zero Malaria Starts with Me. Launched in 2014, the campaign is a movement aimed at increasing awareness, prioritization and commitment of the entire country towards the elimination of malaria. After close to four years of implementation in Senegal, the campaign will be scaled up to neighboring countries as cross-border collaboration is key to putting an end to malaria on the continent.

Learn more about El Hadj's story here and the Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign here.

Tous pour la vaccination et contre le paludisme pour construire l’avenir de nos enfants !

Cette semaine, Speak Up Africa a participé à une conférence sur le thème « Construisons ensemble l’avenir de nos enfants : Prévention par la vaccination et la lutte contre le paludisme » organisée par Special Olympics en collaboration avec l’Ecole Nationale des Travailleurs Sociaux Spécialisés et animée par le Dr Boubacar Signaté, Medecin urgentiste à SOS Médecin.

Cette initiative fait suite à la collecte des informations réalisée par les Coachs de Special Olympics au niveau des ménages des athlètes dans le cadre d’une enquête qui a montré un faible taux de couverture vaccinale chez les enfants vivant avec une déficience mentale.

La conférence a regroupé près de 150 parents d’athlètes et de 25 Coachs encadreurs de Special Olympics et fut relevée par la participation du Ministère de la jeunesse et de la Direction Générale de l’Action Sociale.

 Avec une approche basée sur le droit des enfants à la santé, le conférencier est revenu sur l’importance de la prévention en rappelant aux parents qu’ils ont le devoir de respecter le droit de leurs enfants à la santé et que la vaccination constitue un allié sûr à cet effet. Il a aussi fait la liaison entre la santé des enfants et la productivité des parents et l’utilisation des ressources familiales avant de finir par répondre aux questions des participants.

Concernant le paludisme, l’accent a été mis sur l’utilisation des moyens essentiels de prévention. En invitant les parents à veiller à ce que tous les membres de la famille dorment sous moustiquaire imprégnée toutes la nuit et cela pendant toute l’année et à éliminer tous les gites larvaires autour des ménages.

A l’issue des échanges, une distribution des livrets sur le paludisme, des livrets sur la vaccination et des bracelets anti moustiques ont été offerts aux athlètes de Special Olympics.

La rencontre s’est terminée sur une note d’espoir pour les parents d’athlètes avec l’engagement du chef service régionale de l’Action Sociale de Dakar à porter le plaidoyer afin de faire bénéficier aux familles des athlètes détenteurs de la carte d’égalité des chances une bourse familiale.

On International Women’s Day, Speak Up Africa partners with Apiafrique to deliver menstrual hygiene management workshop for high school students

On International Women’s Day, Speak Up Africa partners with Apiafrique to deliver menstrual hygiene management workshop for high school students in the Thies region of Senegal

Openly approaching subjects long thought to be cultural taboo is not always an easy task. However, advocating for a better understanding of menstrual hygiene is one commitment Speak Up Africa is dedicated to improving with its campaign “No Taboo Periods”.

Partnering with Apiafrique, a Dakar-based social enterprise that produces environment-friendly feminine hygiene products, Speak Up Africa facilitated a workshop for students at a Ngaparou high school as part of the school’s International Women’s Day activities on 8 March 2018.

   Students at Ngaparou high school gather for menstrual hygiene management (MHM) workshop. Conducted in partnership with Speak Up Africa and Apiafrique, the workshop is part of the “No Taboo Periods” campaign that advocates for improving practices around menstrual hygiene within communities.

Students at Ngaparou high school gather for menstrual hygiene management (MHM) workshop. Conducted in partnership with Speak Up Africa and Apiafrique, the workshop is part of the “No Taboo Periods” campaign that advocates for improving practices around menstrual hygiene within communities.

With boys, girls and teaching staff present, Speak Up Africa’s gender specialist Selly Ba opened the workshop by explaining the differences in male and female reproductive systems, detailing how the body changes over time for both. Initially full of giggles, the students grew quiet and attentive as Selly continued her presentation with an introduction to menstruation and the natural process the female body goes through monthly.

Teaching tools developed by Speak Up Africa were used to illustrate the care and use of various feminine hygiene products, including a reusable sanitary pad developed and manufactured in Senegal by Apiafrique. To close the workshop, Apiafrique’s Marina Gning (CEO) and Fatoumata Aidara (Marketing Manager), joined Selly in quizzing students on what they learned during the morning, and later answered questions from all the students.

In addition to the morning workshop, a smaller training session was conducted for 25 students who would become advocates for menstrual hygiene management (MHM), answering questions and teaching their peers about the importance of MHM.

  Selly Ba (left), a gender specialist with Speak Up Africa, and Marina Gning (right), CEO of Apiafrique, demonstrate how to use feminine hygiene products, including a reusable sanitary pad manufactured by Apiafrique, during a menstrual hygiene management (MHM) workshop at a high school in Ngaparou, Senegal. Conducted in partnership with Speak Up Africa and Apiafrique, the workshop is part of the “No Taboo Periods” campaign that advocates for improving practices around menstrual hygiene within communities.

Selly Ba (left), a gender specialist with Speak Up Africa, and Marina Gning (right), CEO of Apiafrique, demonstrate how to use feminine hygiene products, including a reusable sanitary pad manufactured by Apiafrique, during a menstrual hygiene management (MHM) workshop at a high school in Ngaparou, Senegal. Conducted in partnership with Speak Up Africa and Apiafrique, the workshop is part of the “No Taboo Periods” campaign that advocates for improving practices around menstrual hygiene within communities.

Largely neglected by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, and still not fully considered in public policy, menstrual hygiene continues to pose challenges for women and girls globally. Throughout Africa, women and girls are often thought of as impure during menstrual cycles, and face societal exclusion, as well as a lack of adequate sanitation infrastructure in schools and homes.

In sub-Saharan Africa, one girl out of ten does not go to school during her menstrual cycle, amounting to an approximate 20% lost in school time over the course of a year. However, addressing menstrual hygiene properly and helping communities eliminate the shame associated with menstruation can lead to health, environment and economic gains for everyone.

Speak Up Africa uses it’s “No Taboo Periods” campaign as a tool to positively impact and change perceptions around MHM. Targeting national policies and decision makers in health, environment, water and sanitation, workshops have been delivered in Senegal, and in Freetown, by special request of H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma, the First Lady of Sierra Leone.

Rencontre des partenaires de l’Office National d’Assainissement du Sénégal (ONAS) intervenant dans le secteur de l’assainissement autonome

ASSAINISSEMENT AUTONOME ET DÉLÉGATION DE SERVICE PUBLIC, QUELLE APPROCHE POUR ATTEINDRE LES OBJECTIFS DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DURABLE ?

L’accès à un système d’assainissement adéquat est un droit humain, au même titre que le droit à l’éducation ou à la santé. Pourtant à ce jour, en Afrique de l’Ouest, 75% de la population n’a toujours pas accès à un système d’assainissement adéquat. Cette situation se traduit par une production considérable de boues de vidange déversées, la plupart du temps, sans traitement dans l’environnement, dégradant ainsi considérablement l’environnement et la santé des populations. De plus, une mauvaise prise en compte des questions d’assainissement est un frein majeur au développement économique, sanitaire et social pour tout pays en développement.

Pour remédier à ce problème, l’Office National de l’Assainissement du Sénégal (ONAS) a mis en place en 2011, avec l’appui financier de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates, le Programme de structuration du marché de boues de vidange (PSMBV). Le Programme qui prend fin le 31 mars 2018, a pour objectif principal d’organiser le marché des boues de vidange de Dakar, afin d’offrir un cadre de vie décent aux ménages démunis en leur assurant l’accès à des installations d’assainissement et des services de vidange mécanique de meilleure qualité et à des prix abordables.

Après sept ans de mise en œuvre, le projet passe à l’échelle avec une emphase sur la forte implication du secteur privé. L’assainissement autonome est un des piliers essentiels à l’atteinte des Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD). L’ODD 6.2 vise à assurer l’accès de tous, dans des conditions équitables, à des services d’assainissement et d’hygiène adéquats et à mettre fin à la défécation en plein air, en accordant une attention particulière aux besoins des femmes et des filles et des personnes en situation vulnérable.

Alors que le PSMBV s’est jusqu’ici cantonné à organiser le marché des boues de vidange au niveau de Dakar, le programme de délégation de service de l’assainissement autonome de l’ONAS (DS2A) sera implanté dans plusieurs autres villes du Sénégal. A travers cette nouvelle approche, l’ONAS vise à prendre en charge toute la chaîne de valeur des boues de vidange.

Convaincu de la rentabilité du secteur de l’assainissement autonome, l’ONAS a organisé, ce jeudi 1 mars 2018 de 9h00 à 15h00 à l’Hôtel Radisson Blu de Dakar, une table ronde. Cette table ronde a réuni une soixantaine de participants des secteurs public et privé ainsi que ses partenaires techniques et financiers. Cette rencontre a permis d’exposer et d’expliquer les perspectives et opportunités de la mise à l’échelle des efforts de régulation du secteur, à impliquer le secteur privé et tous les acteurs pour enfin assurer la pérennité des progrès en matière d’accès à l’assainissement au Sénégal.

Il est essentiellement ressorti de cet atelier que, l’investissement du secteur privé dans l’assainissement autonome est un élément déterminant pour l’atteinte de l’ODD 6, car l’Etat, à lui seul, ne dispose pas des moyens financiers et techniques pour y parvenir. Cette option est incontournable pour d’une part assurer la durabilité des ouvrages et d’autre part offrir aux usagers un service de qualité. Cette approche nécessite une implication des partenaires techniques et financiers et un appui financier et organisationnel du secteur privé. Comme souligné par le Directeur Général de l’ONAS M. Lansana Gagny Sakho « Nous devons plus parler de secteur privé mais de partenaires ».

La vision de l’ONAS consiste à faire une délégation de service de l’assainissement tout le long de la chaine de valeur assainissement en confiant des périmètres de délégation à des acteurs du secteur privé financièrement rentable. Ces acteurs du secteur privé à travers la Directrice générale de Delta SA se sont engagés à « appliquer la vision de l’ONAS, et souhaite être impliquée sur toute la chaine de valeur du secteur de l’assainissement : de la gestion domiciliaire à la valorisation des sous-produits issus de l’assainissement. »

Le congrès international de l’Association africaine de l’eau

Le congrès international de l’Association africaine de l’eau

Un moment de partage et d’échange sur les modèles d’assainissement innovants et rentables

Du 11 au 16 février 2018 s’est tenu à Bamako le 19ème Congrès international de l’Association africaine de l’eau où plus de 1500 participants se sont réunis autour de la thématique « Accélérer l’accès à l’assainissement et à l’eau pour tous, face aux défis du changement climatique ». Tous les deux ans, ce forum scientifique et technique fait l’état des lieux du développement du secteur de l’eau, de l’assainissement et de l’environnement en Afrique.  Cette année, ce congrès a vu la forte participation du Sénégal matérialisée par la présence d’une forte délégation avec à sa tête, le Ministre de l’Hydraulique et de l’Assainissement, M. Mansour Faye. Lors de ce congrès, une attention particulière a été accordée au secteur de l’assainissement, notamment l’assainissement autonome, qui apparaît comme un sous-secteur socialement accepté et économique rentable.

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David Beckham Launches Malaria Must Die – A global Campaign Calling for New Commitments to End the World’s Oldest Disease

David Beckham Launches Malaria Must Die – A global Campaign Calling for New Commitments to End the World’s Oldest Disease

7 February, London – David Beckham today launched an ambitious new global malaria campaign, Malaria Must DieSo Millions Can Live calling upon leaders to “unite and fight” malaria. The campaign’s first focus is on leaders at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in 70 days’ time.

The ground-breaking film, made by Ridley Scott Associates working with digital ad agency R/GA and Director Baillie Walsh, alongside input from Richard Curtis, features David in a glass box “under attack” by a swarm of mosquitoes. 

This dramatic film makes the point that, like David, those of us living in malaria-free countries are fortunate to be protected from the deadly disease, but half of the world’s population are still at risk. Malaria tragically claims 445,000 lives a year and over half of these deaths occur in Commonwealth countries. Each death is needless as malaria is totally preventable and costs less than a cup of tea to treat.

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Six African Countries Lead the Way to a Malaria-Free Africa by 2030.

Six African Countries Lead the Way to a Malaria-Free Africa by 2030.

Algeria, Comoros, Madagascar, the Gambia, Senegal, and Zimbabwe recognized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance for their sharp decline in malaria cases.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (29 January 2018) – During the 30th African Union Summit, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) honored six African countries for their exemplary leadership in driving down malaria cases, even as regional and global progress risks losing momentum. The 2018 ALMA Awards for Excellence were presented to the heads of state of the following countries:

  • Madagascar, the Gambia, Senegal and Zimbabwe for: reducing malaria cases by more than 20 percent from 2015 to 2016
  • Algeria and Comoros for: being on-track to achieve a more than 40 percent drop incases by 2020

    ALMA is an alliance of 49 African countries working to end malaria on the continent by 2030. The ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action tracks progress and drives action on malaria control and elimination, and are chosen by an independent committee of experts in health, academia, and the private sector.
    While malaria deaths have plunged by more than 60 percent since 2000, cases rose in a majority of African countries in 2016, signaling that years of progress are at risk of stalling.
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L’assainissement autonome : une solution de choix de l’État du Sénégal.

L’assainissement autonome : une solution de choix de l’État du Sénégal.

Les partenaires de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates œuvrant pour le plaidoyer en faveur de l’assainissement autonome en visite à Dakar

L’accès à un assainissement adéquat est une question de dignité. Cette dernière demeure une priorité pour la préservation de la santé publique et la protection des milieux naturels contribuant ainsi au développement économique et social.

Conscient de ces enjeux, l’Office National d’Assainissement du Sénégal (ONAS), a lancé en 2011, avec l’appui financier de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates, le Programme de Structuration du Marché des Boues de Vidange[1] (PSMBV) dans les zones péri-urbaines de Dakar, pour une amélioration des conditions d’assainissement des populations. Ce programme conçu pour prendre en charge toute la chaîne de valeur des boues de vidanges a permis de mettre en exergue la vision du Président de la République son Excellence M. Macky Sall, matérialisée dans le Plan Sénégal Emergent (PSE) et visant à conduire le Sénégal sur la voie de l’émergence à l’horizon 2035.

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APPEL A MANIFESTATION D’INTERET POUR LA REALISATION D’UNE ANALYSE SITUATIONNELLE

APPEL A MANIFESTATION D’INTERET POUR LA REALISATION D’UNE ANALYSE SITUATIONNELLE

Commanditaire: Speak Up Africa (SUA)

Basée à Dakar, au Sénégal, Speak Up Africa est une organisation à but non lucratif de communication stratégique et de plaidoyer dédiée à catalyser le leadership africain, favoriser les changements de politiques et renforcer la sensibilisation autour du développement durable en Afrique.

Contexte de l’étude :

L’assainissement autonome constitue le système le plus répandu en Afrique de l’Ouest pour la gestion des eaux usées domestiques. Dans les villes d’Afrique, en particulier celles d’Afrique subsaharienne, la majeure partie des habitations ne sont pas raccordées à un réseau d’égout, mais sont équipées de systèmes autonomes comme les latrines traditionnelles ou latrines à fosses étanches. Certaines habitations ne disposent d’aucun système d’assainissement. Il est estimé que seuls 30% des pays d’Afrique subsaharienne ont un système d’assainissement adéquat. Cette situation se traduit par des pratiques d’assainissement souvent néfastes à la santé des populations. Mal gérés, les excréta constituent une source des maladies multipliant les risques de diarrhées, de fièvre typhoïde ou de dysenterie parmi les populations.

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Conférence de presse de la 7ème édition de l'Initiative Multilatérale sur le PaludismeConférence de presse de la 7ème édition de l'Initiative Multilatérale sur le Paludisme.

Conférence de presse de la 7ème édition de l'Initiative Multilatérale sur le PaludismeConférence de presse de la 7ème édition de l'Initiative Multilatérale sur le Paludisme.

L'Initiative Multilatérale sur le Paludisme (MIM) est une alliance d'organisations et de personnes concernées par la recherche et le contrôle du paludisme en Afrique fondée à Dakar en 1998. Le MIM vise à promouvoir la collaboration mondiale et à renforcer les capacités de recherche dans les pays endémiques du paludisme en Afrique nécessaires pour développer des outils et des politiques de lutte contre le paludisme.

Tous les 3 à 4 ans, le Secrétariat du MIM, en collaboration avec un groupe d'institutions basées en Afrique, organise la Conférence Panafricaine sur le Paludisme.

Vingt ans après la première édition, la Conférence MIM revient en terre sénégalaise grâce à une forte mobilisation de la communauté internationale et une volonté avérée de tenir la Conférence à nouveau en terre francophone.

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