Meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee - September 2016

Leading malaria experts convene for global policy meeting

30 September 2016 – At the latest meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), members of the committee reviewed proposed WHO guidance on malaria elimination and on ivermectin use for malaria transmission control. The agenda included, among other topics, updates on the RTS,S malaria vaccine and on the new WHO Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication. The meeting report is now available online.

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Health ministers adopt new plan for malaria elimination in the Americas

29 September 2016 – The new "Plan of Action for Malaria Elimination 2016–2020" builds on major progress already made in the Americas, including a more than 70% decline in malaria deaths since 2000. Aligned with WHO’s "Global Technical Strategy for Malaria", the plan seeks over the next four years to further reduce malaria cases by 40%, to intensify elimination efforts in all 21 endemic countries of the region, and to achieve malaria-free status in at least four of those countries.

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WHO certifies Sri Lanka as malaria-free

5 September 2016 – In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was certified today by WHO on having eliminated malaria. “This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken,” said WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh. “It also demonstrates the importance of grass-roots community engagement and a whole-of-society approach when it comes to making dramatic public health gains,” she added.

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Young girl at a distribution of bed nets in Ratanakiri, Cambodia

Sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths seen across Greater Mekong Subregion

1 September 2016 – Increased access to malaria prevention, diagnostics and treatment is having a direct impact on trends in the disease across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). According to the latest WHO data, the six GMS countries cut their malaria incidence by more than 54% between 2012 and 2015. Malaria mortality is also rapidly declining, with an 84% drop in deaths reported since 2012.

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Siblings at a hospital in Uganda

African Member States adopt new malaria framework

23 August 2016 – WHO Member States in the African Region have unanimously adopted a new malaria framework that is aligned with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Endorsed at the 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, the framework will guide African countries as they implement the Global Technical Strategy across the region.

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In focus: elimination

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The Global Technical Strategy aims to eliminate malaria in at least 10 countries by 2020. According to a recent WHO report, 21 countries are in a position to eliminate malaria within the next 5 years.

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The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 calls for a reduction in global malaria incidence and mortality rates of at least 90% by 2030. It shares the same timeline as the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee provides independent strategic advice to WHO on all policy areas relating to malaria control and elimination.

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