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Last update: Mar 2013


Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG)

The Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) was created by the Roll Back Malaria Initiative back in 2002. UNICEF was a co-chair from its creation and now is an active member. The primary purpose of the Malaria MERG is to act as an advisory body for the RBM Partnership Board on all matters pertaining to Monitoring and evaluation of the Secretariat's initiatives on the international, regional, and national levels. The MERG will provide technical advice on state-of-the-art approaches to M&E of malaria programs. The technical focus of the MERG is on the global indicators to assure consistency and accuracy in national and regional reporting.               

Minutes of the meetings and other details about the Malaria MERG, as well as various MERG outputs, are available on http://rbm.who.int/mechanisms/merg.html


Monitoring reports

Since 2000, monitoring data have become increasingly available and there have been an increasing number of analytical reports on malaria in which UNICEF has played a major role. 
On behalf of the RBM, and in collaboration with other partners, including WHO and PATH/MACEPA, UNICEF has published and contributed the following reports:


Progress and Impact Series Reports


A Decade of Partnership and Results
RBM and partners
Presents a decade of achievements in the fight against malaria as a result of the tremendous increase in resource mobilization, commitment across different partners. Key findings include:
• Over one million lives have been averted in sub-Saharan Africa since 2000;
• There has been more than a 10-fold in resources available for malaria control since the beginning of the decade;
• 11 African countries, have experienced more than 50% reduction in malaria cases and deaths .
The report includes statistical annex tables presenting all available household survey data on malaria-related interventions for key indicators.
Published in September 2011; available in English  and French.




World Malaria Day 2010: Africa Update

Presents the most recent trends in terms of intervention coverage and progress across sub-Saharan Africa. It also includes evidence about progress and gaps in appropriate treatment coverage that need to be closed in order to save the lives of millions of people still exposed to the malaria risk.

Published in April 2010; available in English and French





Malaria Funding & Resource Utilization: The First Decade of Roll Back Malaria

Charts the increase in external funding for malaria control over the last ten years in twelve African countries. The report presents a compelling case that reliable and sustained funding is key to saving lives. The report also includes innovative analysis in regards to funding needs, sources management and achievements.

Published in March 2010; available in English and French.



Malaria and Children Reports

Progress in Intervention Coverage - Summary Update 2009

Provides an update on progress in intervention coverage, including analysis of the global funding for malaria as well as progress in prevention, treatment and malaria during pregnancy. It includes a section on the impact of malaria on children’s lives.
Includes a statistical table on key malaria control indicators.

Published in 2009; available in English


Progress in Intervention Coverage 

Provides a comprehensive assessment of how countries are making key interventions available to meet these commitments.

Published in 2007; available in English and French



The following reports were produced in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO):


World Malaria Report 2005

The World Malaria Report 2005 was the first comprehensive effort by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to take stock of where the world stands in relation to one of its most devastating diseases. It revealed that the tide may be beginning to turn against malaria as control and prevention programmes start to take effect.

Published in 2005; available in English




Africa Malaria Report 2003

This report - the first of its kind - took stock of the malaria situation and of continuing efforts to tackle the disease in Africa; it is based on a review of the best information available to WHO and UNICEF, from sample surveys and routine reports, at the end of 2002. The World Bank also contributed to this report. Published in 2003; available in English, French and Portuguese.




World Malaria Reports recently published by WHO

World Malaria Report 2012


Published in 2012; available in English






World Malaria Report 2011


Published in 2011; available in English






World Malaria Report 2010

Published in 2010; available in English