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ACTION PLAN:

“Drop the Malaria Tax” Campaign Action Group

 

Twenty-six countries have failed to keep the pledge made by their Heads of State in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 25th 2000 to remove taxes and tariffs on mosquito nets, netting materials and insecticides.

 

What do we hope to achieve in the next two years with this campaign?

BUILD RESOURCES

CREATE AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FOR ACTION

INCREASED SUPPLY

INCREASED ACCESS

Adequate financial resources accessed.

Catalyse clear conscious political will for resource acquisition.

A clearinghouse for information management created.

Increased number of net manufacturers and insecticide distributors.

Increased accessibility to ITNs by vulnerable groups (the poor, women of child bearing age, and U5s)

Appropriate skill mix available.

Strengthen partnership with the media, NGOs and CBOs etc.

An extensive base of stakeholders in each of the 26 countries established.

Increased number of local mosquito net manufacturers

At least two insecticide treated mosquito nets available to each household

Adequate logistical support available.

Overarching regulations to remove taxes and tariffs implemented.

New non-health partners for action developed.

Increased local production of long lasting nets

 

 

 Partnerships with regional regulatory bodies to catalyse key decision makers in ECOWAS, SADC, and EAC built.

Campaign experience applied to other intervention strategies for malaria.

Long lasting nets available on the market in at least 25% of malaria endemic countries in Africa

 

 

Taxes and tariffs in 10 countries removed.

 

Involvement of the private sector in public sector issues strengthened.

 

 

Community based awareness and public awareness increased.

 

 

 

 

 WE ENCOURAGE NEW PARTNERSHIPS

 

CONTRADICTIONS

 

Blockages

Strategic Directions

Perceived potential loss of revenue and employment opportunities

Inadequate collaboration between relevant stakeholders and donors Inappropriate information for relevant stakeholders 

Absence of organizational framework to engage a wide variety of stakeholders

Fatalistic attitude towards malaria leading to complacency

Undocumented success stories and best practice

Creating a road map for increased access to ITNs

 

Existing harmonized taxation systems

Wording of legislation and legislative process itself

Enhancing the legislative process

Inadequate community capacity development for advocacy and action

Developing community capacity for action

 

 

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

TIME FRAME

LAUNCH

SEPT – DEC 02

JAN- MAR 03

APR – JUN 03

JUL – SEPT 03

VICTORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a road map for increased access to ITNs

Target five countries for Year 0ne - Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Guinea Bissau, Malawi, South Africa

 

Construct dynamic and iterative database of stakeholders, champions, existing country information (MEC)

Launch meeting of stakeholders and potential partners to inform and select coordination mechanisms (RBM)

CORE sponsored Francophone Malaria Workshop (CORE)

 

SUCCESS IN FIVE COUNTRIES

Identify possible champions, stakeholders, organizational mapping of RBM activities, tax/tariff change status, targets for change strategy and media (RBM - BF, ER, GB; CORE – MAL; DoH -RSA)

Document best practices (RBM)

Identify local champions at national level (Coordination Committee)

 

 

 

Identify net/insecticide manufacturers and distributors in each country (RBM/MEC)

Request information on current status of adherence to the Abuja Declaration from AU Secretariat (RBM to access contact and MEC to contact)

Develop evidence-based communication/advocacy strategy targeting decision makers (RBM)

 

 

 

Identify major media players for tax reform campaigns (SF, Media group)

 

 

 

 

 

Develop work plan budget and proposal (MEC, SF)

 

 

 

 

 

Mobilize funds for malaria tax reform work plan (MEC, SF)

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION PLANNING FOR MALARIA TAX REFORM
 

ACTION PLANNING FOR MALARIA TAX REFORM

 

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

TIME FRAME

LAUNCH

SEPT – DEC 02

JAN- MAR 03

APR – JUN 03

JUL – SEPT 03

VICTORY

Enhancing the Legislative process

 

Identify key consultants for supporting legislative and regulatory changes (RBM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing community capacity for action

 

 

Identify new networks of influence at community level (Local champions)

 

 

 

 

 

Mobilize “movers” and “shakers” in communities for actions to support malaria tax reform (Local champions)

Develop social mobilization strategies for action by communities (Local champions)

 

 

 

 

Make best practices available in local languages (Local Champions)

Identify events for material dissemination (MEC with Local networks)

 

 

 

 

Disseminate information of evidence based material to develop local community capacity through networks (MEC with local networks)

 

 

 

MONITORING PROGRESS (MEC and Local Steering Committee)

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