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The Civil Society for the Elimination of Malaria (CS4ME) is a global network of civil society organizations committed to achieving malaria elimination. This platform is intended to be simple but effective and consists of a Steering Committee, Working Groups, Active Members, Observers and a Secretariat. In other words, we are group of malaria advocates, committed to work together and aiming to bring changes in policies at all levels that will lead to meaningful changes to transform the malaria fight.
Make malaria control programs and interventions more effective, sustainable, equitable, innovative, inclusive of civil society, community-based, human rights-based, gender-sensitive and adequately funded.
CS4ME focuses on advocacy and capacity building for civil society organizations in the following areas:
- Raising the voices of malaria-affected communities and advocating for the urgent need to eliminate malaria;
- Framing malaria responses in the context of social justice, gender and human rights, and universal health coverage;
- Adopting measures to make malaria decision-making spaces more inclusive for civil society and communities;
- Mobilizing adequate funding for malaria elimination;
- Engagement of civil society and community actors in monitoring, proper use of existing tools by communities and demand for new effective tools;
- Strengthening health and community systems and advocate for funding for civil society;
- Community monitoring on the quality of services and care in the fight against malaria;
CS4ME is launching the CS4ME Working Groups and need you as a Member to be actively engaged!
1. What is a CS4ME working groups?
o It is a group of volunteers CS4ME members who exchange and engage in discussions on specific themes with the objective to drive changes needed at the policy levels that will create meaningful changes at the programmatic and countries levels.
o The CS4ME WGs can produce statements, communiques, letters, key messages, videos messages, case studies, for all CSOs/CS4ME Members to use while engaging with partners, government officials and other targets in their countries or regions.
2. How will the Working groups function?
o Each working group define ONE realistic and achievable annual objective of the working group
o Each chair and co-chair will define the agenda of each working groups calls and will engage and coordinate the work of the working group
Activities of the working group are:
o Attending Conference calls every 3 months
o Attending Webinars as needed
o Engaging in Emails discussions of the working group as needed
o Elaborating of documents as needed using for ex google docs as needed
o Maintaining an up-to-date workplan and contribute to assigned activities
THE CS4ME WORKING GROUPS
3. Group 1: CCMs (Country Coordinating Mechanism) engagement: Make malaria control programs and interventions more effective, efficient and inclusive of civil society
CSOs engagement in national CCMs is critical to influence malaria programs funded by the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. This group will focus on how increase malaria voices in CCMs, influence malaria countries grants, increase support for civil society and malaria community actors in Global Fund grants, ensure communities needs are first in Global Fund grants, increase CSOs engagement in country dialogues …ect
Group 2: Communities Rights and Gender in malaria: Ensuring malaria programs are communities based, gender sensitive, rights based and no one is left behind: increasing et ensuring access for all.
This group will focus on raising community malaria issues, how to ensure we leave no one behind? Improving malaria programs through and CRG (Community Right Gender) lense, documenting gender, communities issues that need to be addressed, communities access to quality services for all (looking at quality of tools/services); promoting existing tools among CSOs, and advocacy of high coverage of malaria interventions…ect
Group 3: Resource mobilization & Sustainable financing for malaria: Ensuring malaria programs are adequately funded and sustainable
This group will focus on resource mobilization for malaria programs in general, including domestic funding, increase budget allocated to health in countries, private sector engagement, driving political commitment and malaria in Universal Health Coverage. The group will also work on advocacy for increase investments directly for civil society in countries and communities led interventions in malaria programs.
4. What is expected from a member of a working group?
o Each member is expected to actively and meaningfully engage and contribute to the working groups discussions and work.
o At least 1 hour per week will be required to contribute to malaria issues
o To have access to the internet to engage in working groups
o To remain respectful of others and professional while engaging in discussions
o To join each quarterly calls of the working group and contribute to the work
o To support the production of advocacy materials by the group: ex statements, letters, communiques, key messages, ….
5. Who can join a working group?
o A member of CS4ME
6. How to join a working group?
o It is recommended that a member only join One working group.
o To join any of the working groups, please apply and fill the form here
7. Benefits of joining CS4ME Working Groups
o Be a voice for affected malaria communities
o Have the satisfaction of helping to respond to the malaria epidemic
o Influence and direct CS4ME work
o Be recognized as a community leader
o Contribute your unique knowledge and skills
o Meet and work with great advocates!