Signature par l’Association des maires du Sénégal (AMS) du « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal »

Signature par l’Association des maires du Sénégal (AMS) du « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal »

Communiqué de presse - Entre 2001 et 2013, la forte intensification des interventions de lutte antipaludique a contribué à réduire l’incidence mondiale de 30 % et à faire reculer de 47 % le taux de mortalité au niveau mondial, évitant ainsi, selon les estimations, 4,3 millions de décès. Aussi, dans la région Afrique de l’OMS, ce taux a baissé de 58 % chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans.

Conformément à la vision du plan mondial de lutte contre le paludisme et aux directives de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Sénégal a mis à l’échelle les interventions à efficacité prouvée pour avoir un impact significatif et durable sur la morbidité et la mortalité palustres.

En effet, on observe une baisse en 2015 de plus de 65% des cas et de plus de 70% des décès dus au paludisme par rapport à 2000  et entre 2009 et 2015, la prévalence parasitaire est passée de 3% à 1,2%.

Le Sénégal est caractérisé par une zone en pré élimination au nord du pays et une zone de contrôle dans certaines régions du pays où le fardeau de la maladie est toujours lourd et les décès qui lui sont attribuables persistent.

Des défis demeurent encore, notamment l’accès universel aux interventions majeures et la mise en œuvre d’interventions spécifiques selon les zones épidémiologiques pour aller vers la pré élimination en 2020 et vers l’élimination en 2030.

Le Sénégal est sur la voie de l’élimination et les enjeux sont énormes en termes de mobilisation des ressources domestiques et de mobilisation citoyenne pour faire de l’élimination du paludisme une réalité.

L’élimination du paludisme est caractérisée par l’interruption de la transmission locale d’un parasite du paludisme dans une zone géographique définie. La rapidité des progrès dépendra de la solidité du système national de santé, du niveau d’investissement consenti pour la lutte contre le paludisme et d’un certain nombre d’autres éléments, y compris des facteurs biologiques et environnementaux, et les réalités sociales, démographiques, politiques et économiques de chaque pays.

Un engagement politique continu, des ressources suffisantes et des partenariats efficaces sont nécessaires au succès des programmes d’élimination du paludisme.

C’est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles, le Programme National de Lutte contre le Paludisme avait lancé en 2014 la campagne « zéro palu, je m’engage » en partenariat avec Speak Up Africa et MACEPA/PATH. Le « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal» entre dans ce cadre et a pour objectif de placer la lutte pour l’élimination du paludisme au cœur des débats politiques et de la mobilisation citoyenne.

Pour ce faire, le Programme National de Lutte contre le Paludisme organisera, en partenariat avec Speak Up Africa et PATH, une cérémonie de signature du « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal » avec l’Association des Maires du Sénégal (AMS) ce vendredi 17 Novembre 2017 à 10 H 00  à l’hôtel NOVOTEL Dakar.

Le pacte d’engagement

Le pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal représente une opportunité d’engager une profonde mutation de gestion de la santé et du paludisme en particulier en s’appuyant sur la mobilisation collective. C’est dans ce contexte que le Cadre de Concertation des Partenaires de la lutte contre le paludisme propose que cette mutation s’organise autour d’un « Pacte d’engagement pour l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal ».

Global fight against neglected tropical diseases hits one billion milestone

Global fight against neglected tropical diseases hits one billion milestone

International NGO Sightsavers and partners have taken one step closer to reaching the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as they celebrate hitting an historic milestone - the delivery of their cumulative one billionth supported treatment to people affected by these painful and poverty-trapping infections.

The billionth treatment was administered today (Thursday 16th November) to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in Kudaru, a community in Kaduna State, Nigeria. It was a combined treatment for onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (LF) as part of one of Sightsavers flagship programmes, UNITED, which is funded by UK aid. She received this treatment alongside her grandfather, Simon, made blind from river blindness decades before.

NTDs are a group of painful and debilitating infections that affect more than one billion of the poorest people across the globe. They are most prevalent in developing countries and can cause severe and lifelong physical impairment, trapping individuals, families and whole communities in a cycle of poverty and social isolation.

Simon Bush, Director of NTDs, Sightsavers, said: “NTDs impact some of the world's poorest people but it doesn’t have to be this way. Our collaboration with communities, ministries of health in endemic countries, donors, other NGOs and academic institutions shows that these diseases can be prevented, treated and, ultimately, eliminated.”

But whilst significant progress is being made, there are still considerable challenges which need to be faced and work that needs to be done to fully eliminate NTDs for good.

“We need to continue to work in partnership to strengthen healthcare systems from the inside and ensure support is given to the people who need it - together, we want to tackle the problems at the root of NTDs, which are the sorts of things many of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education,” he added.

Sightsavers works with around 300 partners to support NTD programmes in 29 countries, treating five diseases: trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, intestinal worms and schistosomiasis.

NTDs can be treated in several ways, through a combination of drugs, surgery and hygiene behavioural change programmes. In many cases these NTDs can be treated together through integrated treatment programmes.

The one billionth milestone celebrates the one billion drug treatments Sightsavers and partners have given to individuals and whole communities at risk of NTDs.

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About Sightsavers
Sightsavers is an international organisation that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people with disabilities. www.sightsavers.org 

 

Kuwait Fund and WHO in $4million multi-year agreement to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa

Kuwait Fund and WHO in $4million multi-year agreement to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa

Kuwait City, 24 October 2017 - Efforts to control and eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in African countries got a major boost this week, with the announcement of a $4 million donation from the Kuwait Fund.

The announcement was made at a Donors’ meeting on how to end NTDs, hosted by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa.

NTDs are a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions.

Speaking at the event WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said: “We are grateful to KFAED and other partners for their generous donation which will contribute enormously to the fight against NTDs. Elimination of these diseases will give rise to healthier, happier and more productive people and economies globally, particularly in Africa”.

The meeting was attended by leaders from the Middle East, African Health ministries, NGOs, the private sector, global donors, philanthropic organizations, and other stakeholder.  It brought together an extended network of funders and other stakeholders committed to supporting the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN), a five year project which was launched by the WHO in 2016 to support African countries in tackling the diseases.

The two-day meeting ended today with pledges and renewed commitment by stakeholders to end NTDs across the continent.  

WHO AFRO and the Kuwait Fund Catalyze Global Support to End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa

WHO AFRO and the Kuwait Fund Catalyze Global Support to End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait,24 October 2017 - Nearly 60 leaders from Middle East and global governments, the UN, African ministries of health, pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental organizations and the philanthropic community convened in Kuwait City for the "Donors' Meeting to End Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa."

The historic meeting, hosted by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) and the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), is the first such meeting to be hosted in the Middle East. It seeks to galvanize new financial and other aligned support to reach global control and elimination goals for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa. 

Africa accounts for nearly 40% of the world's NTD burden, or nearly 600 million of the 1.58 billion people affected by NTDs globally. "The Middle East is uniquely well positioned to make a significant contribution to the fight against NTDs in Africa, given the risk of disease spread from the region and the Middle East's own success in reducing the NTD burden in our region," said KFAED Director General Abdulwahab Al Bader.

This year, the global community marked the fifth anniversary of the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, which galvanized unprecedented local, national and global action to end NTDs, including a historic $17.8 billion medicine donation commitment by pharmaceutical companies. This led to increased treatment coverage and reduced the number of people that required treatment for NTDs by 333 million between 2012 and 2015.  

To further accelerate progress on NTDs in Africa, AFRO launched the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in May 2016 with the support of KFAED and other founding partners. "We are grateful to KFAED for its tremendous leadership and long-standing support for NTD control and elimination. This meeting of development partners is a key moment to celebrate progress, raise awareness of this urgent public health issue, examine the financial needs of the programme and further strengthen partnership opportunities with ESPEN. We hope other partners will follow KFAED's lead and join us in this important fight." said the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.  

The meeting also featured a Call to Action on NTDs by former President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, who underscored that the event was designed to kick off a series of high-profile events to expand the network of partners dedicated to supporting progress on the WHO's 2020 NTD goals. 

Join the global conversation about NTDs on social media by following #BeatNTDs and #لنقضي_عليها.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Can Be Eliminated In Our Lifetime: A Call for Action

Neglected Tropical Diseases Can Be Eliminated In Our Lifetime: A Call for Action

The sight of a young child carrying one end of a stick to lead a blind middle-aged man to beg for alms is a poignant reminder of the debilitating impact of neglected tropical diseases on the health, well-being and dignity of affected people.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (commonly abbreviated as NTDs) are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases.  They have been eliminated from most of the Middle East region although they still claim more than 170,000 lives each year and affect over 1.58 billion people globally. These diseases are called “neglected” because they afflict the most destitute, vulnerable, and neglected populations. 

Neglected Tropical Diseases cause severe pain, disabilities, deformities, malnutrition, stunted growth, cognitive impairment, social isolation, and humiliation. They also affect a person’s ability to attend school or work. Anemia caused by some NTDs has a direct impact on maternal mortality.

In Tanzania, for example, all 5 of the highest burden NTDs are common. We know all too well the despair and debilitation that comes with each one of these diseases. The stigma, humiliation, and social exclusion can be absolutely traumatic to an individual’s self esteem and mental health well being. 

Economic hardship and cyclical poverty have become synonymous with NTDs.  People in affected countries are unable to work and provide for themselves, or their families, perpetuating the cycle of poverty and being set up for failure not success. The direct negative impact on African economies as a result of these diseases is clear and evident.

We MUST come together in the spirit of “Ubuntu” and togetherness to collectively eliminate these diseases. NTDs are not just an “African problem.” They are a global problem, and we must all share the burden of working towards control and elimination.

The good news is that there is a solution to the PCT NTD problem—low cost, highly effective drugs that can prevent and treat these diseases. The CEOs of the world largest pharmaceutical companies have made these drugs available for free.  And a critical new piece of the puzzle was created last year when the World Health Organization launched the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN). ESPEN draws together the community needed to mobilize the necessary technical expertise, political will, technical, innovative, pharmaceutical, and financial resources to end the scourge of PCT-NTDs for the people of Africa. ESPEN is just one year into its implementation and we are already seeing its results. For example, 30 million people have been reached through direct operational support to mass drug administration in fifteen countries. Just this year, the World Health Organization announced that Togo successfully eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

We are all proud of the fact that the Kuwait Fund, one of the longest standing leaders in the fight against NTDs in Africa, was one of the first donors to support ESPEN. This week, the Kuwait Fund is hosting leaders from the Middle East and other governments, African Ministries of Health, NGOs, the private sector, global donors, philanthropic organizations, and other stakeholder groups to expand the team of partners supporting ESPEN and the fight against NTDs.

The power to succeed in NTD control and elimination lies not just in the hands of African countries and leaders but also in the communities and persons of good will. We are calling upon everyone to join us in the fight against NTDs. On behalf of the most disadvantaged people, it is imperative that we all rise to answer this call and provide the funding and needed resources to eliminate the threat of NTDs.

Each one of us can help empower the people of Africa to win this battle by 2020. It is our sincere hope that everyone will rise to the challenge and do their part. Together, we can make a difference.  As the legendary Nelson Mandela once said: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Let us all heed these words and unite behind the spirit of Ubuntu and our efforts to eliminate NTDs from Africa.

H.E. JAKAYA M. KIKWETE is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, 2005-2015. He is an advocate for health including NTDs and Maternal Health.

DR. MATSHIDISO MOETI is the World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa.

ABDULWAHAB AL-BADER is the Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

Aspire Academy completes phase one of “Football Combating Malaria” campaign with the Leo Messi Foundation and Speak Up Africa

Aspire Academy completes phase one of “Football Combating Malaria” campaign with the Leo Messi Foundation and Speak Up Africa

07 October 2017 – London, England:

 On day two of the ASPIRE4SPORT Congress and Exhibition in London, Aspire Academy announced that phase one of the “Football Combating Malaria” campaign has been completed

Phase two will soon get underway, where the campaign’s ambition is to distribute 400,000 mosquito nets across Senegal, including to all first grade students.  

Launched by Aspire Academy in 2015, in conjunction with the Leo Messi Foundation, the campaign has been implemented in coordination with Speak Up Africa.

The campaign has set out to effect change across Senegal by building awareness on how to combat malaria by training community champions on malaria prevention and treatment. One of the main actions of the campaign has been the distribution of Leo Messi branded mosquito nets in elementary schools across Senegal.

Speaking at the start of the campaign, football superstar Lionel Messi, said: “Combating Malaria through Football is a very special project to me because I know it will help save thousands of young lives, and I’m delighted to be involved and throw my support behind it.”

Speaking at the ASPIRE4SPORT Congress and Exhibition, Yacine Djibo, President and Founder of Speak Up Africa, said: “Although Malaria is preventable and treatable, it still kills a child every two minutes.  This is unacceptable. I would like to thank Aspire Academy and the Leo Messi Foundation for their leadership and commitment to end malaria.”

Over the last two years the campaign has reached a number of significant milestones. To date, the campaign has:

  • Trained 370 Community Supervisors.
  • Delivered cascade training by each Community Supervisors to four more change agents. In total 1,310 people have committed to the campaign.
  • Distributed more than 70,000 Leo Messi branded mosquito nets in more than 300 Senegalese elementary schools.
  • Trained Head Nurses on how to better follow-up on IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities.
  • Educated communities on the use of essential prevention tools, which have touched more than 2 million people through home visits, talks and social mobilization activities.

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About Speak Up Africa

Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a strategic communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa.

For more information, please contact:
For UK and International media:
Rory Anderson
Email: Adrian.Lewis@bluerubicon.qa
Tel: +44 20 7260 2792

For Qatar-based and regional media:
Dima Aljogol
Email: Dima.Aljogol@bluerubicon.qa 
Tel: +974 3034 4770

Leaders at United Nations General Assembly Step Up Commitments to End Malaria for Good

Leaders at United Nations General Assembly Step Up Commitments to End Malaria for Good

Heads of State, Ministers from Monaco, Swaziland, U.S., and Zambia Pledge Political and Financial Support to Eliminate the Disease that Puts Half the World at Risk

U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Announces Addition of 5 New Focus Countries, Expanding its Effective Anti-Malaria Efforts Across Sub-Sahara Africa

New York (September 21, 2017) – Today, country leaders and senior officials from across Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas announced new political and financial commitments to accelerate the global fight towards eliminating malaria – a disease that claims the life of a child every two minutes and puts half the world at risk.

Convening at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, leaders underscored the need to intensify efforts to meet the global goal set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the burden of malaria by 90% by 2030.

King Mswati III of Swaziland, chair of the event and of the African Malaria Leaders Alliance (ALMA), said: “Remarkable progress has been made across the world and Africa in particular in the fight against malaria. This should however not give us a false sense of accomplishment and make us complacent. We must continue to keep malaria elimination as a national priority and continue to engage national and global leadership to ensure this commitment translates into additional domestic resources for health including malaria.”  The King also called on African countries to support a private sector fund for malaria on the African continent to be launched next year.

Swaziland is aiming to eliminate malaria by 2020. ALMA is a coalition of 49 African heads of state and government working across country and regional borders to eliminate malaria by 2030. While Africa. represents 92% of all malaria-related deaths worldwide, since 2000, malaria mortality rates on the continent have fallen by 66% in all age groups, and by 71% among children under five.

“Ending the scourge of malaria is a priority for me and my government is making every effort to ensure that Zambia eliminates malaria forever.  Twenty five percent of our national plan is funded by domestic resources and we are working to find new ways to fund our malaria elimination efforts,” said Zambian President Edgar Lungu.  Between 2012 and 2015, Zambia progressively increased domestic funding for malaria control efforts, from spending just over US$ 8 million to almost US$ 29 million, to keep the country on track to eliminate malaria by 2021. Every US$ 1 invested in malaria control in Africa, on average, returns US$ 40 in economic growth, contributing to the continent’s prosperity.

Addressing the event, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Strong political leadership is critical to eliminate a disease which burdens the poorest in our communities. By committing to eliminate malaria, we commit to improve global health, and to serve and protect the most vulnerable.”

According to the WHO, 21 countries around the world have the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020. Critical to meeting this objective is sustaining and increasing financial commitments and to drive down malaria deaths and cases, and ultimately eliminate the disease.

USAID Administrator Mark Green used the occasion to announce the expansion of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) further into west and central Africa. The initiative, led by USAID and implemented with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and will expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. PMI's country expansion will benefit almost 90 million additional people at risk of malaria, totaling 332 million people at risk across the west-to-central African corridor from Senegal to Cameroon with life-saving bed nets, anti-malarial treatments and diagnostic tests.

Europe became the first continent to be declared malaria-free by the WHO in 2015, though the recent malaria death in Italy highlights the need for continued vigilance to remain malaria-free. Many European countries are helping use their political leadership and financing to advance elimination in other regions and countries. Gilles Tonelli, Monaco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said: “Last June, Monaco hosted a meeting with the States from the Sahel region and WHO to make headway on the proposal on regional coordination response. We will mobilize the means to help them along.”

Asia has made huge strides against malaria in the past few years, however 22 Asian countries are still considered endemic. If malaria is successfully eliminated from the region by 2030, it will save more than a million lives and deliver almost US$ 300 billion in cost savings and social benefits, at a cost of just US$ 5-8 per case averted.

The Philippines has committed to eliminating malaria by 2030. Dr. Mario Baquilod, Director of the Philippines Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, highlighted the country’s innovative financial mechanisms such as the so-called “sin tax” on tobacco products, which generated over US$ 2.3 billion in just two years being allocated to public health, including anti-malaria programs.

With Costa Rica in the final stages of malaria elimination, Ambassador Rolando Castro, the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mission emphasized the importance of country leaders staying committed to ensuring the country gets across the finish line by 2020. The country’s efforts will be critical to helping Central America become the next region to eliminate malaria.

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, the event’s moderator and Chair of the Board of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria – the global multi-stakeholder platform to fight malaria – said: “We cannot afford to waste a decade of progress by letting up our efforts too soon and allowing malaria to surge back. Having witnessed the game-changing impact that malaria interventions are making to people, communities and economies we welcome the commitments made today, and urge others to join us in accelerating action to end malaria for good.”

Contact: For interviews, please contact:

Xenya Scanlon, xenya.scanlon@rollbackmalaria.com, +41 79 520 36 37
Michal Fishman, michal.fishman@malarianomore.org, + 1 504 220 2792

Notes to Editors:

The United Nations General Assembly Side Event: “The Role of Country Leadership in Accelerating Global Malaria Elimination” held on Thursday, September 21, was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Swaziland to the United Nations, and co-hosted by the Republic of the Philippines, the Principality of Monaco, the World Health Organization, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, African Leaders Malaria Alliance and Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.

About the RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria – the largest multi-stakeholder platform to fight malaria –  is the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes 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 organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

How We Speak Up for SDGs in Africa.

On September 12, 2017, opened the United Nations General Assembly 72nd session, with an emphasis on striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet. In his opening statement, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recognized that to achieve change within and beyond the UN, women and girls had to be empowered all over the world.

And this is exactly what we do at Speak Up Africa. We strive to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the continent with special focus on health, sanitation, education and gender equality. We work to empower new generations of citizens. By targeting young people as well as women, we work to build their capacity in order to help them make informed decisions about their health and the development of their communities. Our ambition is to create social movements for massive investments in health and sustainable development through financial but mainly human resources.

In 2016, Speak Up Africa created the Speak Up Africa Lab. Located in Pikine, on the outskirts of Dakar, The Lab is a space of creativity and exchanges that seek to facilitate the emergence of citizen initiatives. More precisely, the lab aims to:

-   Support local events that stimulate community mobilization.
-   Facilitate citizen initiatives’ networking.
-   Multi-thematic and multi-stakeholder meetings.
-   Stimulate the commitment of administrative, religious and customary leaders to better take charge of health and environmental issues.

With these activities and our pan-African social and behavior change and advocacy campaigns, we wish to establish a homegrown narrative that aims to drive and create sustainable change. At Speak Up Africa, we are trying to cast the SDFGs in terms of growth and opportunity. We are working to make the SDGs understandable and accessible. To do so, we need to promote the pivotal role girls and women play in developing our economies.

During the UNGA and through our online platforms, we will advocate for the achievement of the SDGs, educate young generations with a set of activities at the Speak Up Africa Lab and engage with our online community.

Join the conversation now at #SpeakUpForSDGs #MyAfrica2030 now and become a SDG champion! 

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