16 October 2014 – The Global Malaria Programme regularly runs and facilitates training courses on malaria control and elimination. Funding has been provided by the Russian Federation and the programme is being implemented in collaboration with WHO Regional Offices, the Martzinovski Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine in Moscow, and other partner institutions in Russia. The latest international training course – for lusophone countries in the WHO African Region – has just ended in Maputo, Mozambique.
9 October 2014 – This meeting report summarizes the main conclusions of a technical consultation held in March 2014 to review and update the WHO Malaria microscopy quality assurance manual. Published in 2009, the manual was designed to help managers of national malaria programmes and laboratory services to develop and maintain comprehensive and sustainable quality assurance programmes. All the presentations given by participants have been uploaded to this website, and are also linked within the report.
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.