Each year, CAMA identifies strategic issue areas and also key geographies to focus its efforts. These priorities are selected based on overlap between disease burden and corporate interests tied to country operations. CAMA holds major annual workshops and in-country consultations to both increase and improve the quality of corporate malaria programs in-country, while also identifying opportunities for the private sector and public sector to partner at a local level.

Focus Issue Areas

Mosquito resistance to insecticides and anti-malarial drug resistance are major hurdles that must be overcome in order to eradicate malaria; these issues require the development and commercialization of new tools. CAMA is dedicated to soliciting private sector input into this area through a series of discussions that will engage partners from the business community, funders and regulatory bodies. The aim is to create mutual understanding between parties on the challenges resistance presents, the need for new tools to combat it, to identify roadblocks and potential opportunities to incentivize research & development, and identify ways to get affordable products into the market faster. Learn more about the importance of finding new vector control and treatment strategies and tools to the malaria elimination agenda here and read the WHO’s Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in Malaria Vectors.
The WHO’s Global Technical Strategy is clear that effective parasite detection and surveillance is essential to elimination. Strong surveillance requires technical training and the presence of institutions such as insectaries. The private sector can facilitate capacity-building in this area through events such as the CAMA co-hosted Entomology Training in Angola. Learn more about the important role disease surveillance and monitoring plays, as well as operational guidelines from the WHO here.
The WHO and UNICEF have long recommended the integrated management of childhood illness. Integrated approaches can concurrently tackle malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, the three main killers of children. As children under five and pregnant women are at high-risk for malaria, providing malaria services at points of care frequented by these populations is key. Effective delivery of integrated approaches requires sufficient financing, a functional supply chain and trained health workers. Learn more here about the improved health outcomes possible by integrating malaria interventions with maternal/child health programs. The outcomes of a CAMA hosted World Malaria Day on the integration of MCH interventions with malaria control programs can be accessed here. 
The African workforce suffers from malaria either directly or indirectly through family members and dependents. Economic losses due to malaria deaths and the disabling, chronic recurrence of severe disease are in the billions. CAMA has produced several guides to help companies operating in malaria-endemic regions in Africa develop effective malaria control programs. These include SC Johnson’s Anti-Malaria Information, Education & Communication (IEC) program, Company Management Guide: Implementing an Integrated Malaria Control Program (2009), and Leading Practice in Malaria Control. More resources are available here.

Focus on Nigeria

CAMA has an active presence in Nigeria including a Country Manager, a strong relationship with the National Malaria Elimination Program, and an active network of private sector partners. Our activities include thought leadership, convenings, private sector advocacy, and provision of private sector input into strategic consultations. Learn more here.

Annual Workshops & In-Country Consultations

Since its establishment in 2007, CAMA has pioneered many activities that advance the business fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. CAMA holds major annual workshops to increase the number and scale of company malaria programs in country, while identifying opportunities for the private sector and public sector to partner at a local level. In a series of workshops in Angola, South Africa and Ghana, we have assembled representatives of business, governments, donors and technical partners to offer practical guidance to companies seeking to protect their workforce and surrounding communities.

Workshop: The Road to 2020 – Mobilizing the Private Sector in Nigeria’s Fight Against Malaria

The 2015 CAMA Annual Technical Forum will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on July 23-24. The theme of this year’s event is The Road to 2020: Mobilizing the Private Sector in Nigeria’s Fight Against Malaria. The event will bring together private sector companies, the government and development organizations to a two-day workshop, providing a platform for public-private discussions on Nigeria’s malaria policies and activities with the goal of maximizing the impact of private sector contributions to malaria control, and supporting the National Malaria Elimination Programme in successfully moving Nigeria to a state of pre-elimination.

Workshop: Capitalizing on Competencies: Partnering to Eliminate Malaria and Accelerate Progress on Maternal and Child Health

On July 2, 2014, the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA), in partnership with Access Bank, Friends of the Global Fund Africa, GBCHealth and the Nigerian Ministry of Health, will convene a private sector-targeted workshop to explore the integration of malaria and maternal and child health (MCH) programs to provide a coordinated push to drive impact and achieve the MDGs. The workshop will also look at the improvement of vector control measures, with a focus on Africa.

For more information on this workshop please visit the event page and read the key takeaways here.

Workshop: Private Sector Opportunities in IRS and Malaria Control In West Africa

GBCHealth, the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) and Roll Back Malaria held a two-day private sector-targeted workshop on Sept. 12-13, 2013 in Accra, Ghana examining the challenges and opportunities related to indoor residual spraying (IRS) and malaria control activities in workplaces and communities.

For more information on this workshop please click here.

The Road to Malaria Elimination 2020 – Investment and Beyond

The workshop was convened by GBCHealth Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) in collaboration with Roll Back Malaria (RBM), in Johannesburg on October 10 – 12, 2012. The event focused on achieving malaria elimination in the SADC region and beyond, advocating for more investment in comprehensive malaria control from governments, increased private sector involvement and synergies between the public and private sectors.

For more information on this workshop please click here and read the report.

Angola Entomology Training Workshop

February 15, 2010 – GBCHealth CAMA teamed up with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Government of Angola, with support from Chevron and RTI to organize an intensive technical training program to arm the country’s malaria fighters with state-of-the-art mosquito surveillance and vector control techniques. This workshop was instrumental to the Government of Angola opening the country’s first insectary to study mosquitoes in September, 2013.

For more information on this workshop please click here or read the report.

Past Events

2013 CAMA Member Meeting
Workshop: Private Sector Opportunities in IRS and Malaria Control in West Africa
12th NMCP Best-Practice Sharing Workshop Expanding Access to Quality-Assured ACTs
Spotlight Session on Malaria Elimination During the 2013 GBCHealth Annual Conference
Inaugural CAMA Dinner on the Eve of the 2013 GBCHealth Annual Conference

 

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