Ban Ki-moon launches 2014 MDG report
24 July 2014 – On 7 July 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the latest progress report on the Millennium Development Goals. While many of the targets have been met, including target 6C on malaria, significant challenges remain. “For the most marginalized and vulnerable in society, social exclusion and discrimination are among the greatest obstacles to progress,” Mr Ban said, adding that bolder and more focused interventions are needed to address these imbalances. The malaria section of the report was developed jointly by the WHO Global Malaria Programme and UNICEF.
11 July 2014 – A web consultation has been launched to solicit comments from members of the global health community on the post-2015 WHO global technical strategy on malaria. The strategy has been developed under the guidance of a steering committee of leading malaria experts and an earlier version has been discussed at seven regional consultations. Comments and inputs received from national malaria control programmes and key partners have been considered. The open web consultation now allows consultation participants, other partner institutions, NGOs and interested members of the public to engage with the process. It will be open until 15 August 2014.
4 July 2014 – There are four main sets of global goals and targets for 2015: the Millennium Development Goal 6; the Abuja targets set by the African Union; targets set through the World Health Assembly; and goals set by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership through the Global Malaria Action Plan. Progress towards these goals is summarized each year in the World Malaria Report, which provides a comprehensive assessment of trends in programme financing, intervention coverage and malaria cases and deaths. An overview is also available in WHO’s most recent progress report for the UN General Assembly.