Malaria Situation Room
The Malaria Situation Room is a joint initiative of WHO, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria, as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Set up in 2012 and formally launched at the Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria in July 2013, the Malaria Situation Room provides strategic support to the 10 countries with the highest malaria burden in Africa: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Niger.
How the Malaria Situation Room works
Under the guidance of a high-level steering committee, Malaria Situation Room experts collate and synthesize malaria-related information and data on financial flows, commodities, intervention coverage and impact – tracking challenges and progress, and identifying bottlenecks which hinder country scale-up of malaria control interventions.
The overall aim is to support countries in their efforts to achieve the health-related MDG goals and other global targets as the 2015 MDG deadline nears. The 10 countries account for more than 70% of Africa’s malaria burden, and an estimated 430 000 malaria deaths each year.
The Malaria Situation Room is located within WHO Headquarters and the RBM Partnership Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland and the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generously committed 3 years of operational funding.