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Elizabeth Chizema, Director, National Malaria Elimination Centre, Zambia
Irene Koek, Acting U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative
Rajesh Mirchandani, Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development (moderator)
Peter Salama, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization
Rebecca Martin, Director of the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Patrick Kachur, Chief of the Malaria Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation (moderator)
Bernard Nahlen, Deputy Coordinator, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative
Stefan Swartling Peterson, Associate Director, Chief of Health Section, Programme Division, UNICEF
Regina Rabinovich, President-elect, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
With support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and additional commitments from other multilateral and bilateral donors, millions of people have benefited from protective measures and been diagnosed and treated for malaria since 2006. PMI’s efforts have lessened the historic toll that malaria has placed on health systems. This foundation of progress lays the groundwork for further accelerating progress in malaria control to ultimately achieve the long-term sustainable public health outcome – malaria elimination.
This event will serve as an opportunity to discuss and celebrate the launch of a special supplement to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that reports on nine new contributions on the impact of malaria control interventions. Specifically, the articles document the success of various malaria control efforts (including the causal link between malaria intervention scale-up and reductions in malaria morbidity and mortality) and new methods for evaluating the impact of large-scale malaria control programs. Taken together, the articles represent a conceptual and practical framework for planning and executing a new generation of impact evaluations, with possible applications to other health conditions in low-resource settings.
In outlining his vision for U.S. development assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has emphasized fidelity to an overarching purpose—ending its need to exist. Consistent with this objective, USAID has been developing a new strategic approach that seeks to more systematically orient its programming toward building countries’ capacity to plan, finance, and manage their own development. A key component of this “journey to self-reliance” framework is a set of metrics that will help assess each country’s progress along their journey. The metrics will help inform strategic planning around the nature of USAID’s partnership with the country, shape development dialogue, and help inform thinking about strategic transitions.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.
As part of the G7 meetings, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will host a meeting of G7 Development Ministers – the first of its kind since 2010. In preparation for that meeting, Minister Bibeau will join the Center for Global Development to discuss the priorities for this global development summit. In particular, she will discuss the importance of advancing the empowerment of adolescent girls including their central role in eradicating poverty and the need to move towards gender-responsive approaches to humanitarian assistance.