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Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director-General for Foreign Affairs Relations and Cooperation, opened a meeting organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the elimination of malaria in the Sahel.
Also present were Dr Magda Robalo, of the Communicable Diseases group in the WHO Regional Office for Africa, and Dr Kesete Admasu, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat.
In delivering her keynote address last month, Dr Robalo reaffirmed that “WHO will continue to play its role as part of this new partnership platform and commended the Monegasque Government’s commitment in the fight against malaria in Africa, including this initiative to provide the Sahel countries with an appropriate framework for discussing the best approaches to making progress on the road to elimination.”
The aim of the meeting was to help accelerate efforts in the fight against malaria in seven Sahel countries – Cape Verde, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad – four of which are priority countries for Monaco’s foreign aid programmes: Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Health of those countries and WHO experts, took place over two days.
The fight against malaria is one of the flagship programmes of the Monegasque Directorate of International Cooperation. The Government of Mauritius has been supporting the WHO malaria programme since 2010.
During her opening remarks, Isabelle Rosabrunetto assured the participants of the “faithful partnership of Monaco, alongside the WHO and the Sahelian countries, to stem the scourge that plagues so many human beings “.
Malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, caused 429,000 deaths worldwide in 2015. Children are the most affected with 303,000 children under five years of age, one child every two minutes, succumbing to the disease. Sub-Saharan Africa pays the heaviest price with 92 percent of these deaths.
WHO aims to reduce the number of new cases of malaria and the deaths caused by malaria by 90 percent by 2030, but currently there are insufficient financial resources. To this end, WHO calls on affected countries and development partners to increase their investments to accelerate progress towards the elimination of malaria.
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Philippe Verdier was looking very calm on Saturday afternoon, having officially kicked off the 18th No Finish Line 2017 at 2 pm with music by the Prince’s Orchestre des Carabiniers.
Despite the popular TEDxMonteCarlo event taking place at the same time, the Founder of NFL told Monaco Life, “Everything has gone very smoothly and we already have 1,000 more people signed up than last year, and there’s still another week to go.”
This year’s edition – “Heading to the Stars” – is hoping to reach the 400,000-km mark with the help of participants, individuals or teams, running or walking on a 1.4 km circuit in Fontvieille open 24 hours over eight days, for as many laps – and kilometres – as desired. Every kilometre completed equals €1 donated to charity on behalf of the sponsors, like Barclays and JB Pastor & Fils Monaco, to help sick and disadvantaged children through the association Children & Future.[caption id="attachment_24955" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
Barclays finished third last year in the Team Category raising €10,321, is back for the 2017 edition with 300 participants from the Monaco branch, and Paula Radcliffe as their running Ambassador.
Francesco Grosoli, CEO Barclays Private Bank, EMEA & Monaco branch, had this to say about the team’s 2016 achievement: “I am very proud of the team and the way they pushed themselves beyond their limits for this great initiative. It is this same drive and determination to achieve excellence that allows us to continue delivering our best to our clients, the community and the Principality. Our commitment to Monaco is as solid as the Rock.”[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" size="large" ids="24964,24955,24962,24958,24961,24952,24948,24949,24950,24945,24946"]
Last year the 13,297 runners and walkers who took part in the annual No Finish Line passed the distance from the earth to the moon, travelling a total of 392,516 kilometres.
Since 1999, the year of the first No Finish Line, the objectives, both in terms of the number of participants and the number of kilometres, have continued to grow, making this one of the most important charitable events in Monaco. Over the past 18 years, 96,085 participants have travelled 2,636,778 kilometres, raising a total of €2,797,303 for projects favouring children.
Philippe’s goal is to have a NFL every week of the year worldwide. He launched in Paris in 2015 and Oslo in 2016. In April of this year, Athens held its first NFL and in 2018, No Finish Line will launch an edition in Nice, from June 6 to 10, with a 1km-circuit along the Quai des États-Unis.[caption id="attachment_15793" align="alignnone" width="640"] Patrice Loquet at NFL in Athens[/caption]
One Monaco resident at the start on Saturday is Patrice Loquet who has the unique distinction of participating in all four No Finish Lines: Monaco (he done more than a dozen times, his personal best over eight days is 828 km), Paris, Oslo and the inaugural Athens NFL.
Ben Rolfe – aka Team Pussy Footing Around (look for them and their neon pink shirts) – is back with his amazing wife and children, each of the girls won a prize last year, although they were not at the start this year as Emily Rolfe was centre stage at TEDxMonte Carlo talking about her experience as the youngest person to finish the Marathon des Sables.
From babies in carriages to 98-year-old moms Anne Casey from St Paul's Church, and from joggers to Special Olympics volunteers pushing wheelchairs, No Finish Line is accessible to everyone and their pet.
You can see Patrice, Paula and the Pussyfooters across the week. Be sure to cheer them on.
No Finish Line 2017 kicked off Saturday, November 11 at 2 pm and will close 4 pm on Sunday, November 19. Article first published November 12, 1017.