WHO Press release: WHO and partners launch new country-led response to malaria control efforts

21 November, 2018

WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

19 November 2018 News Release Maputo/Geneva

Extracts below and comment from me. Read online: http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/19-11-2018-who-and-partners-launch-n...

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Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease...

“Nobody should die from malaria. But the world faces a new reality: as progress stagnates, we are at risk of squandering years of toil, investment and success in reducing the number of people suffering from the disease,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We recognise we have to do something different – now. So today we are launching a country-focused and -led plan to take comprehensive action against malaria by making our work more effective where it counts most – at local level.”...

In line with WHO’s strategic vision to scale up activities to protect people’s health, the new country-driven “High burden to high impact” response plan has been launched to support nations with most malaria cases and deaths. The response follows a call made by Dr Tedros at the World Health Assembly in May 2018 for an aggressive new approach to jump-start progress against malaria. It is based on four pillars:

Galvanizing national and global political attention to reduce malaria deaths;

Driving impact through the strategic use of information;

Establishing best global guidance, policies and strategies suitable for all malaria endemic countries; and

Implementing a coordinated country response...

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Comment (Neil): 'Driving impact through the strategic use of information' appears to relate exclusively to surveillance data. Are we paying enough attention to empowering people and health workers with the basic healthcare information they need to prevent and manage malaria?

On the HIFA website we note: '7 in 10 children with malaria treated at home are mismanaged, contributing to 2000 deaths every day in Africa alone.' Mozumder P & Marathe A. Role of information and communication networks in malaria survival. Malaria Journal 2007;6:136) http://www.hifa.org/about-hifa/why-hifa-needed Can anyone provide more recent research on this issue? What percentage of children (and pregnant mothers and other adults) die from malaria as a result of inadequate care? What percentage of these deaths could have been avoided through timely access to locally available medicines?

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children:

http://www.hifa.org/projects/citizens-parents-and-children

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Community Health Workers

http://www.hifa.org/projects/community-health-workers

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 18,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. He also currently chairs the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 800 communities of practice on international development, health and social justice. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG /orcid.org/0000-0001-9557-1487 neil@hifa.org