African Union Heads of State make a major policy decision to improve medicines regulationAfrica has taken a major step in accelerating access to much needed safe, effective and quality medicines for the treatment of priority diseases by adopting the African Union Model for Medical Product Regulation. The gathering of Heads of State and Government from the African Union that convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30 to 31 January 2016 adopted the Model in recognition of the need to promote and protect the public health of Africa’s citizens.

By adopting the Model, the Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their commitment to upholding health as a human right. Through the African Union Agenda 2063, African States have committed to develop a healthy human capital for the attainment of the Union’s human and socio-economic development goals.

Grant to Fight TB in Southern Africa’s Mining SectorPRETORIA — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) representing a group of 10 Southern African countries today signed a landmark grant to pioneer innovative models to reduce high rates of TB in the mining sector.

The Grant will support potentially-transformative interventions in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The World Bank Group serves as the Secretariat for the RCM while the Wits Health Consortium acts as the Principal Recipient of the Grant.

“Gold miners in southern Africa have some of the highest rates of TB infection in the world, we are committed to investing vigorously to reduce rates as much as possible,” said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “To end TB as an epidemic, we have to be effective here.”

Global Fund Advocate tells parliamentarians in the UK about life-changing impact of the Global Fund

In December Malaria No More UK was thrilled to host the hugely inspiring Global Fund advocate Maurine Murenga for an action packed day of meetings and events in London.

The day kicked off bright and early at the Science Museum when Maurine spoke at the launch of a ground-breaking partnership between Comic Relief and GlaxoSmithKline. The partnership is dedicated to helping fight malaria and strengthen health systems in five countries worst affected by the disease. Speaking alongside Baroness Verma (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development), Dr. David Brandling-Bennett (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Professor David Schellenberg (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and comedian John Bishop, Maurine shared her moving experiences of malaria and the debilitating impact of the disease on her family and her community in Kenya.