WHO holds first country consultation on Global Technical Strategy
The WHO Global Malaria Programme held the first country consultation on the development of the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria Control and Elimination 2016-2025 on 14-15 October, 2013 in Geneva. The meeting was the first in a series of consultations that will take place to engage WHO Member States prior to the World Health Assembly’s consideration of the strategy in 2015.
The meeting was attended by senior malaria experts representing six WHO regions and 16 endemic countries, including China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal and Thailand. Also in attendance were members of the WHO steering committee for the Global Technical Strategy, the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, and experts from WHO Headquarters and Regional Offices.
The meeting reviewed technical inputs provided by participating countries about their key challenges in implementing the WHO-recommended mix of malaria interventions; discussed conceptual approaches to structuring a pathway to malaria elimination; and looked at a proposed set of typologies that could be used in the Global Technical Strategy. The meeting was divided into plenary and break-out sessions.
Following this successful meeting, WHO will be engaging all endemic countries through a series of regional consultations planned to take place in the first half of 2014. The meetings will be held back to back with consultations on the RBM Partnership’s Global Malaria Action Plan II.
Background on the Global Technical Strategy
In response to a request by the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) in 2012, and an expression of support by Member States at the 2013 World Health Assembly, WHO is developing a Global Technical Strategy for Malaria Control and Elimination 2016-2025 to provide Member States with updated, comprehensive and evidence-based technical guidance for malaria control and elimination.
The strategy will cover all malaria intervention areas and set strategic directions and targets beyond 2015. It will be underpinned by a review of existing country and regional strategies, as well as broad-based consultations. Oversight and strategic guidance is provided by the MPAC, while strategy development is led by a steering committee of leading scientists, technical experts and representatives of endemic countries.
The Global Technical Strategy is being developed in close collaboration with the RBM Global Malaria Action Plan II, which will focus on global advocacy, resource mobilization, partner harmonization, the engagement of non-health sectors, as well as global, regional and country-level planning for the implementation of the Global Technical Strategy.