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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 7, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 41
CCP Receives $8.7 Million Gates Grant for Anti-malaria Effort

By Kim Martin
School of Public Health

A new advocacy initiative led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs has initiated an urgent global call to action for a malaria-free future for families living in the developing world.

CCP's Global Program on Malaria has launched the VOICES for a Malaria-Free Future project to highlight successful antimalaria efforts and evidence-based results.

The project is supported by an $8.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

VOICES is designed to educate policy-makers about effective programs and strategies for malaria control and includes advocacy projects in four developing countries — Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Mozambique — that will promote progress made against malaria while also breaking down policy barriers that hamper effective prevention and control.

Recent increases in dedicated funding are creating a wave of momentum to limit malaria's impact through insecticide-treated nets, new combination therapies, indoor residual spraying, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women and infants, and vaccine research.

While progress is being achieved and measured, many policy-makers and opinion leaders are not fully aware of this progress or that a malaria-free future for families is possible, said the project's director, Matthew Lynch. "Globally, we want to engage new voices and bolster ongoing advocacy efforts by highlighting successful work going on at the country level," he said.

VOICES will develop materials based on lessons learned, successes and case studies from developing country activities to enhance ongoing advocacy efforts and encourage new malaria advocates. It will also seek strategic opportunities to bring developing country spokespersons to the global stage to help make malaria a priority. International communications firm Fleishman-Hillard will provide strategic public relations support and counsel to the project.

At the global level, VOICES will work with donor-country leaders; policy-makers; opinion leaders; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, or GFATM; multilateral funding agencies; the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; global health advocates; existing malaria stakeholders; the private sector; the faith-based community; the research and development community; and the media. VOICES will also closely track global funding trends from a variety of sources, such as the World Bank, GFATM, governments and other donors.

The developing country efforts will work to ensure national malaria control strategies are in place and are adequately funded and implemented. CCP will work with local community-based organizations to implement projects in both Ghana and Mali. The CORE Group, a membership association of international nongovernmental organizations, will work with CCP in Mali through Groupe Pivot, a well-established national NGO umbrella group. In Kenya, CORE Group will provide support to the Kenya NGO Alliance Against Malaria, while the Malaria Consortium will focus its efforts on Mozambique.


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