The SMC Alliance (formerly the SMC Working Group) was created as an initiative of SMC implementing countries in November 2013, under the auspices of the annual West and Central African Regional Networks review and planning meeting for malaria control activities organised in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The last SMC Alliance meeting was held in April 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, alongside the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) conference.
The review and planning meeting for SMC activities was initiated by Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Malaria Consortium, Catholic Relief Services, President’s Malaria Initiative and other partners, to fill the gap left following the restructuring of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to End Malaria.
At the 2020 SMC Accra stakeholders’ meeting, a recommendation was made to attach the SMC Alliance to the RBM Partnership to End Malaria but maintain its autonomy as a stand-alone working group. The partners of the SMC Alliance also requested that MMV, which has been serving as the secretariat over the last few years, continue to coordinate the SMC Alliance’s secretarial functions.