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Terms of Reference for the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to the World Health Organization
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Aims and Functions The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) will provide independent advice to the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop policy recommendations to control and eliminate malaria. The mandate of MPAC is to provide strategic advice and technical input, and extends to all aspects of malaria control and elimination, as part of a transparent, responsive and credible policy setting process. MPAC will advise the WHO Director-General specifically on: 1. appropriate malaria policies and standards based on data from malaria programme implementation by Member States and malaria control partners as well as reviews of the best available evidence; 2. engagement of WHO in malaria-related initiatives 3. major issues and challenges, to achieving global malaria goals; 4. the identification of priority activities to address identified challenges Rationale The scale-up of malaria control efforts in recent years, coupled with major investments in malaria research, has produced impressive public health impact in a number of countries, and has led to the development of new tools and strategies aimed at further consolidating malaria control goals. As a result, there is growing need for the malaria policy setting process to rapidly review increasing amounts of evidence. The WHO Global Malaria Programme (WHO-GMP), in keeping with its mandate to articulate ethical and evidence-informed policies for malaria control, is convening MPAC as a mechanism to increase the timeliness, transparency, independence and relevance of its recommendations to WHO member states in relation to malaria control and elimination. Membership The MPAC will have up to15 members. The MPAC members shall not be representatives of governments, organizations or institutions but rather shall serve in an independent, personal and individual capacity and shall represent a broad range of disciplines, expertise, and experience encompassing many aspects of malaria control and elimination. These experts will be malariologists with a broad view of the interplay between scientific, political, economic and financial considerations. As such, membership will: 1. comprise individuals who possess a broad range of relevant expertise (e.g., epidemiology; malariology; maternal, paediatric and international public health; pharmacology and internal medicine; parasitology, tropical and infectious diseases; immunology and vaccinology; safety and pharmacovigilance; health systems, economics and financing; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; vector control and biology; laboratory, social and behavioral sciences; health
including the ability to actively contribute to strategy and policy formulation for malaria control and elimination. failure to attend two consecutive MPAC meetings. 3. shall be appointed to serve for an initial term of up to three years.Final Version communication) acquired through credible and sustained professional experience in academia. prior to confirmation by WHO of their appointment as MPAC members. 2. nominees shall be subject to conflict of interest assessment by WHO based on information that they will disclose on the attached WHO Declaration of Interest (DOI) form (Annex 1). in particular strong endemic country representation. or three years during their first term in order to avoid a full turnover. comprise persons who have a demonstrated professional commitment. change in affiliation resulting in a conflict of interest. and an adequate gender balance. The Chairperson will be selected from among appointed MPAC members. research institutes. and governmental bodies including national malaria control programmes.. documents which are prepublication manuscripts or confidential documents from private companies will be clearly labeled as such and will only be provided to MPAC members for discussion. and the capacity to dedicate significant personal time in preparing for and attending MPAC meetings. MPAC nominees shall be required to sign a WHO confidentiality agreement (See Annex 2) and the standard agreement for WHO temporary advisers. Summaries of relevant disclosed interests that may be perceived to give rise to real or apparent conflicts of interest will be noted in MPAC reports which will in turn be made public as appropriate In addition. 2. evidence-informed advice and recommendations on matters described in these ToR. Roles and responsibilities of MPAC members Members of MPAC have a responsibility to provide WHO with high quality. Although all papers presented at the MPAC may be made publicly available on the GMP website. for a period of up to an additional three years. 3. for any of the following reasons: 1. Members play a critical role in ensuring the reputation of MPAC as an internationally recognized policy advisory committee in the field of malaria. public health departments and regulatory authorities. the medical profession. Members of MPAC. including. 2 . a breach of confidentiality. clinical practice. renewable once. A nominations panel will be appointed by the ADG/HTM and will include representatives from organizations with a major interest in malaria. two. Prior to being appointed as MPAC members and prior to renewal of term. including the Chairperson. well considered. for example. MPAC members have an ongoing obligation throughout their tenure to inform WHO of any changes to the information that they have disclosed on the DOI form. Membership in MPAC may be terminated by WHO. NGOs. In addition. All MPAC members shall be nominated by the panel against set criteria following a public open call for nominations and thereafter appointed by the WHO Director -General. The MPAC list of members and related biographical information will be made publicly available on the GMP website. a lack of professionalism involving. ensure appropriate geographic representation. The first set of appointments will be staggered such that five persons each will serve for one.
Representatives of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat (RBM). Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Secretariat. Time-limited and specific Evidence Review Groups (ERGs) will be established to review and provide evidence-based information and options for recommendations (See Annex 3). MPAC members may be approached by non-WHO sources for their views. Its role is to provide advice and recommendations to the Director-General of WHO. In order to seek broader input and allow for the exchange of information and views and to ensure transparency and inclusivity. including representatives from WHO regional technical advisory groups. UNICEF and the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria will be invited to participate as observers in MPAC meetings and deliberations. WHO-GMP. MPAC will work with WHO-GMP to develop its priorities of work and meeting agendas. Relevant staff from WHO Headquarters and Regional Offices will attend as members of the Secretariat. the majority of discussions will occur in the aforesaid session. WHO-GMP may also invite other observers to MPAC meetings. MPAC will be kept informed by WHO-GMP and partner agencies of progress in the implementation of strategies and the attainment of objectives at country and regional level. However. Additional experts. Meetings and operational procedures MPAC will meet normally biannually for three days. In addition. MPAC recommendations will. the Chairperson shall report the majority and minority view. non-governmental organizations (NGO). as appropriate. technical agencies. international professional organizations. In the exceptional situation that a consensus on a particular issue cannot be reached. be taken by consensus. It is the also the Chairperson’s responsibility to ensure there is clarity for MPAC members on what exactly is being decided. These options are to be discussed by the full MPAC in sessions open to representatives of stakeholders interested in Malaria as invited by the WHO Secretariat. Observers shall not take the floor unless requested to do so by the Chairperson and shall under no circumstances participate in the formulation of MPAC recommendations. the actual deliberations of and development of recommendation by the MPAC will take 3 . comments and statements on particular matters of public health concern and asked to state the views of MPAC or of details related to MPAC discussions. and donor organizations. the Global Fund to fight AIDS. three rotating National Malaria Control Programme managers from around the world will be invited as resource persons to observe and participate in the meeting.Final Version MPAC has no executive or regulatory function. The frequency and duration of meetings may be adjusted as necessary. to further contribute to specific agenda items. will determine which policy recommendation issues and information from other WHO technical advisory groups should be brought to the attention of the MPAC. may also be invited to meetings. as a rule. MPAC members should refer all such enquiries to WHOGMP. together with the MPAC Chairperson. In time. it is possible a wider group will be invited to contribute on agenda items in advance of each meeting via open consultation on the GMP website. with dates generally set at least six months in advance. with input from malaria endemic countries. and Technical Resource Persons.
The recommendations of the MPAC shall.Final Version place in a closed session in order to protect the integrity and independence of the committee from pressure and undue influence. and recommend to ADG/HTM any modifications in relation thereto. The MPAC together with the WHO-GMP Director will review the need for existing Standing TEGs. the TEG on Malaria Chemotherapy). once they have been approved by WHO. be published and posted on the GMP website normally within two months of each MPAC meeting. these recommendations and conclusions may be translated into other languages. documents. as minutes approved by WHO.. 4 . MPAC members may be requested to participate as observers in other important WHO departmental or cross-departmental meetings. The MPAC Chairperson will debrief the WHO Director-General (or designee) and the WHO-GMP Director following each MPAC meeting. together with the approved MPAC recommendations from the meeting. however. reasonable expenses such as travel expenses incurred by attendance at MPAC or related meetings will be compensated by WHO in accordance with WHO applicable rules and policies. temporary conditional recommendations (to be clearly identified as such) based on a combination of the best available evidence and expert opinion. will be made available on the WHO-GMP website following the meeting. Conditional recommendations will be reviewed in brief at every MPAC meeting in case adjustments need to be made based on newly available evidence. It is estimated that the time commitment required from MPAC members is a total of three weeks over the course of a year. MPAC reports to the WHO Director-General (or designee).g. In the absence of a robust evidence base. depending on the size of the issue and the impact of the recommendations. video and teleconferences. It is expected that recommendations will not exceed two pages for most issues. but will fall under the umbrella of MPAC together with the shorter-term Evidence Review Groups as described in Annex 3 and illustrated in Annex 4. Minutes of MPAC meetings will be taken and circulated among MPAC members. active participation will be expected from all MPAC members throughout the year. In addition. including participation in MPAC Evidence Review Groups. with links provided from partner websites such as the RBM website. On some occasions. Role of Current Technical Expert Groups (TEGs) Selected current TEGs (e. the recommendations may also be published in print form. Transparency will still be ensured however.. In addition to attendance of meetings. will continue to function. minutes and recommendations will be archived and continue to remain publicly available and easily accessible on the WHO-GMP website. as well as interactions via e-mail. Approved meeting agendas. MPAC members will not be remunerated for their participation in MPAC. Review of documents may also be solicited. See Annex 3 for further details on MPAC Evidence Review Groups. may be issued to provide guidance for regions and countries in the interim period.
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Final Version Annex 3 Purpose. structure and functioning of MPAC Evidence Review Groups ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Purpose and decision for establishment MPAC Evidence Review Groups (ERGs) may be established by WHO to increase the effectiveness of MPAC deliberations. . by reviewing and providing evidence based information and options for recommendations together with their implications for discussion by the full MPAC. Additional subject matter experts serving in their own individual capacity with a view to meet the identified needed expertise for the group. (who functions as the ERG lead technical focal person).. However. 11 . ERGs will be established on a time-limited basis to help address specific questions identified by MPAC when the issue is particularly complicated and cannot be addressed by existing standing WHO advisory committees. may recommend the participation as technical resource persons of additional malaria experts who are not members of the ERG and who may be asked by WHO to provide information to the ERGs on an ad hoc or as needed basis. representation. personal and individual capacity. depending on the nature and complexity of the issue to be addressed. In some cases. in consultation with the lead WHO technical focal person and the MPAC Chairperson. To the extent they have not already done so in their capacity as MPAC members. At least one WHO Headquarters staff. the MPAC must balance the need for efficiency with that of transparency. as are the deliverables. The size of the ERGs will ideally be between four to eight members and should not exceed 10 members. the final size will be determined by WHO based... organizations or institutions but rather shall serve in an independent. will also be invited in ERGs. ERG Membership Each ERG will include a minimum of two MPAC members (one of whom functions as Chairperson). and the scope of the problem.ERG members shall not be representatives of governments. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring endemic country representation on the ERG. on the need for expertise. the MPAC may recommend that the issue might be most efficiently addressed through a Standing Technical Expert Group (TEG). ToR and identification of needed expertise Each ERG will operate under specific Terms of Reference (ToR). will participate as members of the secretariat. ToR and proposed related expertise to serve on the ERG are developed by WHO taking into account the recommendation of the MPAC. inter alia. charge and duration for an ERG is discussed and agreed during MPAC meetings. WHO's Conflict of Interest policy for WHO Experts will apply to the ERG. ERG members will be required to sign the standard agreement for WHO Temporary Advisers and the WHO confidentiality agreement. and WHO Regional Office (RO) staff. Occasionally the ERG Chairperson. The recommended need. Individuals other than ERG members may participate in ERG meetings only by secretarial invitation.
The decision to proceed with tabling the issue at the next MPAC meeting will then be taken jointly by the Chairperson of MPAC and the WHO-GMP Director after consideration of issues raised during the consultative process. ERGs accomplish most of their work through teleconferences.. other ERG representatives. WHO may support travel for additional persons for the purpose of a ERG meeting. Summaries should be provided to the MPAC Executive Secretary. With the lead WHO technical focal person. 12 . Rather.Final Version WHO-GMP staff will identify scientific studies to address questions that arise regarding appropriate malaria policy decisions and may commission data analyses addressing efficacy. Evidence Review Group Process: Effective communication and a strong working collaboration between the ERG Chair and the lead WHO technical focal person are significant determinants of the effectiveness of an ERG. As issues mature. In-person meetings of ERGs may facilitate progress and may with WHO's agreement be convened by WHO. or videoconferences. or the ERGs as a whole. The number and frequency of ERG teleconferences will depend on the urgency of issues being considered by the group and the amount of preparatory work needed prior to a topic being brought up for plenary discussion and decision making at MPAC. who supports the smooth functioning of the MPAC and its proceedings. are not empowered to speak on behalf of MPAC. The final policy recommendation is made by MPAC. they serve the MPAC by gathering and organizing information upon which the MPAC can deliberate and act. If possible. safety. the Chairperson of the ERG will develop a plan for routine operations of the Group. while MPAC ERGs can and should examine an area in detail and define the issues. WHO normally supports travel costs for the duration of MPAC meetings for MPAC members. effectiveness. including the development of options for recommendations. Thus. WHO Regional Advisers and any experts invited by WHO to present at MPAC in accordance with WHO applicable rules and polices. proposals for presentation to the MPAC will be submitted to the WHO Secretariat normally no later than 10 weeks ahead of each MPAC meeting for circulation to MPAC members. economic and budgetary aspects of malaria policy. chairs of regional technical advisory groups. The development of a brief one to two page summary of each ERG meeting by either one of these people will facilitate the function of the ERG. Some ERGs may more effectively achieve their purpose through exchange of e-mail communications with intermittent teleconferences. feasibility. so that WHO-GMP senior staff. malaria Regional Advisers and MPAC members can be informed in real time of progress and issues. they should be scheduled in association with MPAC meetings and should be anticipated at least three months in advance of the MPAC meeting. the actual exchange of information and views and the actual deliberations and development of recommendations occurs at the open and closed sessions of the MPAC. Modus Operandi MPAC ERGs will render consensus advice or recommendations to the MPAC. MPAC ERG Chairpersons.
organization representatives or WHO staff members who have conflicts of interest may not participate in the ERG. Persons who serve as consultants may participate as technical resource persons in the ERG. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 . This will be done using the Declaration of Interest form (See Annex 1). However. and subsequent WHO policies and recommendations. both personal and those of their organizations. MPAC members. are critically dependent upon public trust in the integrity of the policy setting process. must be declared and evaluated by WHO before their invitation can be confirmed. potential conflicts. they bring specific expertise that is essential to the efforts of the ERG. if in the judgment of WHO. Thus. participants will respond to a request to report conflicts of interest relevant to the focus of the ERG. participation of any consultant may be curtailed. As such. a potential for the appearance of undue influence exists. All consultants participate in ERGs at the discretion of WHO. and at the start of each ERG meeting. even in the absence of a declared conflict of interest. The value and impact of MPAC recommendations.Final Version Management of Conflict of Interest and Undue Influence: When a MPAC ERG is formed.
Final Version Annex 4 MPAC Working Diagram Evidence Review Groups ERG a ERG b ERG c Standing TEG on chemotherapy WHO COs MoH and NMCPs SAGE JTEG (with IVB) MPAC WHO GMP Secretariat WHO DG WHO malaria policy recommendations and guidelines Other WHO departments VCAG (with NTD) WHO ROs RBM: Secretariat. WGs and SRNs 14 .
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