Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative Round Table Meeting to be Held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative is preparing for its annual Round Table meeting, taking place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on March 1st and 2nd.
The meeting will bring together leading malaria scientists, nonprofit, government, and faith-based partners, as well as field staff from the border regions of Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This year's meeting will focus on new and emerging tools and strategies for malaria elimination.
Over the past decade, the SADC region has steadily progressed towards malaria elimination. However, many countries have experienced recent outbreaks and stalled progress. Through productive debate and discussion, the Initiative hopes to:
This December, the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative worked in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Health and MACEPA to support the training of more than 180 Community Health Workers (CHWs). These CHWs will be at the forefront of malaria elimination efforts in some of the hardest to reach communities in Western Province, Zambia.
The Lusaka Times reported on the importance of the training. To read the article, click here.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu Highlights Return on Investment for Malaria Spending during United Nations General Assembly
Heads of State pledged new political and financial support for malaria elimination during last month's United Nations General Assembly in New York, as reported by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Investing in malaria elimination saves lives and strengthens economies. In his remarks, Zambian President Edgar Lungu stated, "Every US$ 1 invested in malaria control in Africa, on average, returns US$ 40 in economic growth, contributing to the continent’s prosperity."
Read more about the recent commitments here.
Chris Flowers, Co-Founder of the Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative, was recently interviewed for an article on malaria elimination in Southern Africa, published in Development Finance. Read below for a small excerpt, and read the full article here.
"In Angola and Namibia people cross the border frequently. 'You can’t work towards eliminating malaria without working on both sides of the border, which is bureaucratically not so easy, but that’s what has to be done and that’s a role we’re trying to fill,' says Flowers. 'I think there’s goodwill and effort towards cooperation in these countries. But the bureaucratic technicalities mean that you can’t just walk across the border with a bunch of malaria nets for example. The health post infrastructure, which is funded by the governments, is quite different on each side of the border. You can’t see the border, but you can feel the border.'"
Fighting Malaria with Data: Zambia and Zimbabwe Teams Sharpen their Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Skills
Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (I:F CBMI) program teams in Zambia and Zimbabwe convened at the Malaria Institute at Macha for a three-day workshop. Field officers and program managers sharpened their skills and learned new methods for measuring the program's progress towards malaria elimination.
As Zambia and Zimbabwe move closer to malaria elimination, collecting timely and accurate malaria data from the communities in which the program operates becomes increasingly important. Thanks to the support of Dr. Phil Thuma, Senior Scientific Advisor at Macha, field officers and program managers were able to practice conducting malaria surveys with local women and families. The new surveys and methods will be rolled out over the next year.
On Saturday, August 12th, the Church of the Epiphany in New York City affirmed its commitment to criminal justice reform and celebrated the graduation of ten participants from the Raising My Voice-Kin program, a leadership and public speaking skills training for individuals whose loved ones are currently or have previously been incarcerated.
Following an invocation by Reverend Jennifer Reddall and introductory remarks by Deacon Jacqueline Sanchez-Shabbaz and Program Coordinator Linda Steele, two Raising My Voice - Kin graduates gave moving speeches about the challenges of loving someone impacted by the justice system.
Raising My Voice-Kin is a spinoff initiative modeled after the Raising My Voice program, a longer and more intensive leadership and public speaking skills training for formerly incarcerated individuals. The Church of the Epiphany hosted the entirety of the five-week training, offering child support and a hot meal to accompany each Saturday workshop. In hosting, coaching and celebrating Raising My Voice-Kin’s graduates, Epiphany has joined the Church of Heavenly Rest, another Circles of Support partner, in their commitment to supporting men, women and children impacted by mass incarceration.
The ten new graduates are now members of Circle of Support’s Speakers Bureau, and are available to speak at churches, NGO’s, schools, and private events.
For more information, please see our full press release, “On Becoming the Beloved Community” at the Episcopal News Service’s website.
For questions about booking a speaker, please email Lisa at Circles of Support.
Our partners at MACEPA are dedicated to eliminating malaria. Check out their monthly newsletter, "Making Malaria History."
The August issue includes new research from Zambia, which examines human mobility patterns -- an important piece of information that can be used to decrease malaria transmission.
Read the full newsletter here.
Between June 27th and 30th, The Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (I:F CBMI) supported the distribution of 1,000 long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to communities in Binga District, Zimbabwe. Binga District Hospital, and the Wards of Simatelele, Saba, and Chunga were targeted for distribution based on need and severity of malaria. Hundreds of malaria cases have already been identified in these communities during the first five months of 2017.
Pregnant women and children under five were prioritized during the distribution, as they are most susceptible to malaria. The distribution was conducted in close partnership with Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Care.
With support from I:F CBMI, The Anglican Diocese of Bulawayo oversees a cadre of Village Health Workers and Malaria Control Agents who are responsible for registering households ahead of the net distribution. Village Health Workers will also follow-up will all households that received a net to ensure the nets are hung properly and being used every night.
Thanks to the hard work of I:F CBMI Zimbabwe Program Manager Pulelo Bhebhe and Charles Siachema of the Binga District Medical Office for providing those in need with life-saving bed nets. The distribution was also made possible thanks to Binga Field Officers First and Anton, and the committed Village Health Workers under their supervision.
This evening, Discovery will broadcast the global premiere of MOSQUITO! The documentary will feature interviews with global health leaders including Bill Gates, and draws attention to the world's single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito.
Read more about the impact documentary 'Mosquito' at MalariaWorld.org.
J.C. Flowers Foundation grant gives practitioners in malaria-endemic areas access to
a critical resource
Cold Spring Harbor, NY -- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) today announced a grant from the J.C. Flowers Foundation (JCFF) to support the free eBook distribution of the research monograph, Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication. JCFF funding enables this newly published title to reach scientists, clinicians and care-givers throughout malaria-endemic areas such as Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.
“As malaria is a global health priority that continues to affect millions of people worldwide, there is an urgent need for readily accessible research on the disease, especially when working with ‘last mile’ communities where it is often logistically or financially difficult to apply current research,” says Chris Flowers, founder of JCFF. “We are pleased to join with Cold Spring Harbor’s publishing initiatives to further the efforts to eliminate this disease.”
Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication is a new, critically important collection of papers edited by Dyann Wirth, Harvard School of Public Health, and Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme in Geneva, Switzerland. With contributions from more than two dozen scientists worldwide, the book brings together in a single volume the latest advances and emerging strategies in the fight against malaria.
The eBook is available at no charge for download and unrestricted sharing via the CSHLP website in an interactive PDF format, which includes links to cited research and additional online resources.
“The JCFF’s invaluable support is making this important collection available to researchers and clinicians who are most in need of it,” says Dr. John Inglis, Executive Director and Publisher of CSHL Press. “Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is grateful to partners such as JCFF for their help in advancing both biological research and the sharing of new knowledge with scientific and medical communities worldwide.”
To access the free eBook of Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication, or for more information on this title, please visit: http://bit.ly/malariacshlp
About J.C. Flowers Foundation - Partners for the Last Mile
The J.C. Flowers Foundation addresses critical health and social problems affecting vulnerable and hard to reach populations often overlooked by traditional donors. The Foundation works closely with other funding organizations, governments and local grassroots organizations in “last mile” communities to eliminate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and support recent parolees in Harlem, New York with returning to their communities. Sponsorship for distribution of Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication is a part of the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative.
The J.C. Flowers Foundation provides these last-mile communities with the financial, technical and operational support needed to achieve their own locally determined solutions. The Foundation brings to the table access to partnerships and advocacy at national and international levels.
About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is an internationally renowned publisher of books, journals, and electronic media, located on Long Island, New York. Since 1933, it has furthered the advance and spread of scientific knowledge in all areas of genetics and molecular biology, including cancer biology, plant science, bioinformatics, and neurobiology. It is a division of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an innovator in life science research and the education of scientists, students, and the public.
About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campuses in Long Island and in Suzhou, China. The Laboratory's education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu