The global fight for the eradication of malaria has reached advanced stages with unprecedented reduction in mortality rates by 47 percent since 2001, says the Annual National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP).
According to a communiqué issued by the African Press Organization on behalf of Novartis International AG which is in the forefront in the war against malaria, there has been great achievement towards eradicating the deadly disease from the continent.
Novartis head of the Malaria Initiative Dr Linus Igwemezie said the three-day workshop convened by Novartis in Maputo, Mozambique, with support from international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO)was aimed at accelerating progress in the fight against malaria.
Dr Igwemezie said Africa was at crossroads in the fight against malaria and that the Maputo conference was aimed at providing an opportunity for the experts from over 35 countries in Africa to discuss the need for new innovative tools and strategies to achieve disease elimination.
“Novartis is proud to provide this unique platform. These meetings have been designed for NMCP members by NCMP members, to develop new ideas and strategies to achieve elimination of this deadly disease,” said Dr. Igwemezie.
He explained that countries needed to share the achievements in the technology on how certain tools could be implemented and improved towards the new WHO objective of 90percent reduction in malaria cases and mortality rates by 2030.
Novartis has organized another conference to establish faster methods of eliminating malaria by providing a platform for disease experts and leaders to gather and explore innovative strategies to move from control to elimination.
And Mozambique health minister Dr. Nazira Abdula said the three-day workshop convened by Novartis, with support from international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHOwas to focus on the new WHO theme “Global Technical Strategy and Targets for Malaria 2016 – 2030”.
The NMCP heads will discuss the advances in technology made to date and how these tools can be implemented and improved to achieve the new WHO objective of 90percent reduction in malaria cases and mortality rates by 2030.
“This discussion could not have come at a better time since we in the Southern African Development Community region are already advanced in the elimination program having earmarked eight countries in this region as pilots for the elimination campaign,” said Dr. Abdula.
And Dr. Simon Kunene, NMCP head Swaziland, said the NMCP meetings were important platforms to share best practice across the continent and drive progress.