Amanda Rives Argenal, Policy Advisor for CCF, left for London recently with a big task on her shoulders— to represent CCF and the members of the COREgroup, an umbrella organization of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working on issues of child survival and maternal health -- at the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Advocacy Working Group meeting on Jan. 17.
During the meeting, which focused on setting priorities for global malaria advocacy, Amanda raised issues that are priorities for NGOs, such as access to increased funding for malaria, and community-based prevention and treatment programs. The revised work-plan as now agreed upon, will be submitted to the Roll Back Malaria board for action.
"This meeting brought together participants from Africa, Europe, and the United States. It’s not always easy to find common ground; however, by working together to identify global priorities around malaria, we have a much better chance of fighting the epidemic," Argenal said.
Argenal was honored to represent CCF as well as the U.S. NGO community. “It’s important that NGOs be active advocates for the populations they serve-- the very poorest and neediest communities which are often overlooked. I feel content that the RBM Partnership will move forward on our proposed advocacy activities and support the working group completely," Argenal said.
Roll Back Malaria was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, United Nations Development Program and World Bank. The partnership has expanded since then and now includes a wide range of partners including NGOs such as CCF and other organizations, foundations and academic institutions.