SEARO Health Ministers adopt declaration on vector-borne diseases
16 September 2014 – Ministers of Health in the WHO South-East Asia Region adopted the Dhaka Declaration on Vector-borne Diseases on 9 September, pledging to intensify vector control efforts and strengthen the overall capacity of health systems to respond to these threats. The ministers emphasized the need to improve surveillance systems, apply a “health in all policies” approach, and mobilize adequate financial and human resources to accelerate the regional effort. They also called for a ban on the use of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies for the treatment of P. falciparum malaria.
9 September 2014 – This WHO information note provides an updated list of recommended criteria for selecting rapid diagnostics tests (RDTs) for malaria, and highlights the performance of RDTs evaluated by the WHO malaria RDT product testing programme. It also provides an overview of additional considerations in the procurement of rapid tests. Since 2008, more than 200 products have been evaluated through the WHO product testing programme, coordinated by the WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), and executed in collaboration with US CDC.
12 September 2014 – The MPAC held its latest meeting on 10-12 September. The Committee reviewed progress on the implementation of the Global plan for insecticide resistance management, assessed the feasibility of malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and discussed gaps in current WHO guidance on how countries can accelerate towards elimination. The agenda also included a discussion on the new malaria treatment guidelines (under development) and the control of residual malaria transmission by behaviourally resistant vectors. The MPAC also heard updates from technical expert groups, and on the process of developing the post-2015 technical strategy for malaria.