Malaria

New European framework to prevent malaria reintroduction

15 August 2014 – The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released its Regional framework for prevention of malaria reintroduction and certification of malaria elimination 2014-2020. The document provides guidance to ministries of health on how to prevent reintroduction of the disease and details the certification process. In 2012, there were 235 confirmed cases in the European region, of which 218 were reported from Turkey. Three countries – Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkey – are presently in elimination phase, while Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are in prevention of reintroduction phase.

Dr Pedro Alonso appointed Director of the Global Malaria Programme

30 July 2014 –The WHO Director-General has appointed Dr Pedro L. Alonso as Director of the Global Malaria Programme. Dr Alonso is currently Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Professor of the Barcelona University School of Medicine. He will take up the WHO position on 13 October 2014.

Ban Ki-moon launches 2014 MDG report

24 July 2014 – On 7 July 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the latest progress report on the Millennium Development Goals. While many of the targets have been met, including target 6C on malaria, significant challenges remain. “For the most marginalized and vulnerable in society, social exclusion and discrimination are among the greatest obstacles to progress,” Mr Ban said, adding that bolder and more focused interventions are needed to address these imbalances. The malaria section of the report was developed jointly by the WHO Global Malaria Programme and UNICEF.

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5 August 2014 – Call for applications: Communications consultant

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is looking for a communications consultant to support the work of the Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme. The deadline for applications is 12 September 2014.

29 July 2014 – Policy brief on Global Fund concept note development available in French

The policy brief published in March to support ministries of health in developing concept notes under the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is now available in French.

24 July 2014 – Round 5 results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs

WHO, FIND and US CDC have released the latest report on malaria RDT product testing. The report provides a comparative measure of RDT performance in a standardized way to distinguish between well and poorly performing tests.

22 July 2014 – WHO procedures for certification of malaria elimination

A new article in the Weekly Epidemiological Record provides a summary of the WHO procedures for certification of malaria elimination and of the various steps that make up the process.

11 July 2014 – Registration open for the next MPAC meeting

The next meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 10–12 September 2014. The draft meeting agenda can be consulted on the dedicated MPAC page.

World Malaria Report 2013

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

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