Dr Pedro Alonso appointed Director of the Global Malaria Programme
30 July 2014 –The WHO Director-General has appointed Dr Pedro L. Alonso as Director of the Global Malaria Programme. Dr Alonso is currently Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Professor of the Barcelona University School of Medicine. He will take up the WHO position on 13 October 2014.
Ban Ki-moon launches 2014 MDG report
24 July 2014 – On 7 July 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the latest progress report on the Millennium Development Goals. While many of the targets have been met, including target 6C on malaria, significant challenges remain. “For the most marginalized and vulnerable in society, social exclusion and discrimination are among the greatest obstacles to progress,” Mr Ban said, adding that bolder and more focused interventions are needed to address these imbalances. The malaria section of the report was developed jointly by the WHO Global Malaria Programme and UNICEF.
11 July 2014 – A web consultation has been launched to solicit comments from members of the global health community on the post-2015 WHO global technical strategy on malaria. The strategy has been developed under the guidance of a steering committee of leading malaria experts and an earlier version has been discussed at seven regional consultations. Comments and inputs received from national malaria control programmes and key partners have been considered. The open web consultation now allows consultation participants, other partner institutions, NGOs and interested members of the public to engage with the process. It will be open until 15 August 2014.