5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference
The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) (http://www.mimalaria.org/), launched in Dakar, Senegal in 1997, is an international alliance of organizations and individuals seeking to maximize the impact of scientific research against malaria in Africa to ensure that research findings yield practical health benefits.
The 5th MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference is a scientific malaria conference that brings together 2,000 leading researchers, activists, health workers, public health officials and policymakers in Nairobi, Kenya from November 1-6, 2009. It is the world’s largest gathering of the malaria community.
Meeting objectives and expected outcomes
This assembly offers a unique opportunity to find in one venue the world’s leading experts on all aspects of malaria from prevention to control and from basic research to programme implementation, as they tackle pressing scientific, social and economic issues confronting efforts to subdue the disease. Issues to be addressed include:
•The global challenge of drug and insecticide resistance
•Increasing access to current interventions
•R&D advances currently in the pipeline
•Malaria eradication and elimination
This is the first MIM conference in four years and the first hosted by an African organization, the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET). As a result, it will highlight African leadership in the ongoing effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals, which call for comprehensive, effective and affordable malaria prevention and treatment.
Bringing together global leaders in malaria research, advocacy and policy, the Pan-African conferences have served as opportunities for key stakeholders in malaria to provide updates on their research and create strategic and effective partnerships in the ongoing battle against the disease. The conference serves as the largest organized forum for conversation and collaboration among members of the malaria community.
The first MIM conference was held in Dakar, Senegal in 1997; the second in Durban, South Africa in 1999; the third in Arusha, Tanzania in 2002; and the fourth in Yaounde, Cameroon in 2005.
MALARIA QUICK FACTS
Source: World Malaria Report 2008