24 February 2015 – Given the emergence of artemisinin resistance at multiple sites in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, a regional malaria elimination effort is now considered to be the most appropriate public health response. WHO has recently embarked on the development of a regional malaria elimination strategy. The document is being drafted under the aegis of the Regional Hub for the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in an inclusive and transparent manner, and will be put online for public consultation soon.
12 February 2015 – Representatives of countries and partners gathered for a 2-day technical consultation on the ongoing emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion. The meeting reviewed country progress in tackling artemisinin resistant malaria and acknowledged the need to recalibrate efforts towards disease elimination. Held in Bangkok, Thailand on 11-12 February, the meeting brought together over a hundred participants and was the first such major consultation since the launch of the programme in April 2013.
African leaders launch malaria elimination scorecard
31 January 2015 – During the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African heads of state and government launched a malaria elimination scorecard to track progress towards the African Union’s ambitious target to eliminate malaria by 2030. The Forum was held on the margins of the African Union Summit. ALMA is an alliance of 49 African presidents and prime ministers working to end malaria deaths. The initiative’s current chair is Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The scorecard will be based on data provided by countries through WHO.