Malaria

Eliminating malaria from the Greater Mekong subregion

Young girl sitting in woman's lap in Ratanakiri, Cambodia
Sarah Hoibak

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.

Partner consultation on impact of ERAR programme

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

African leaders launch malaria elimination scorecard in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Abate Damte/ ALMA

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.

Highlights

Latest news

5 March 2015 – Second edition of microscopy training manual available in French

The second edition of the Basic malaria microscopy package is available in French in the WHO online bookstore. Divided into a learner's guide and a tutor's guide, the package provides all that is needed to conduct a complete training course.

3 March 2015 – Training module on epidemiological approach available in French and Portuguese

Both manuals of the training package on epidemiological approach for malaria control – the guide for participants and the guide for tutors – are now available in French and Portuguese and can be downloaded from this website.

27 February 2015 – Meeting report on the determination of LLIN fabric strength

This WHOPES report is based on the results of textile testing of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) conducted by WHO. The outcomes will be used to adjust WHO specifications and improve quality standards for LLINs.

30 January 2015 – Elimination case studies on Malaysia, Philippines and the Island of Reunion

Three new reports are available in the elimination case studies series produced jointly by WHO and the Global Health Group. The Reunion report is also available in French.

30 January 2015 – Next Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) meeting

The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 5 to 7 March 2015. The first two days of the meeting are open to the public but advance registration is required.

Draft technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030


This draft strategy will be considered by the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

World Malaria Report 2014

This report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

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