SEARO Health Ministers adopt declaration on vector-borne diseases

Her Excellency, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan and WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

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.

Information note on recommended selection criteria for RDTs

Rapid diagnostic testing in Liberia
Sarah Hoibak/ MENTOR

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.

Sixth Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting concludes

MPAC meeting, March 2013
Pierre Albouy/ WHO

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.


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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 call for applications closed on 12 September 2014.

30 July 2014 – Dr Pedro Alonso appointed 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.

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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