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.