1st Malaria World Congress issues Statement of Action

Burnet Institute

05 July, 2018

Malaria World Congress (MWC) Melbourne 2018

Statement of Action

Delegates from 66 countries and from across the spectrum of people involved in the fight against malaria concluded that there is little likelihood of achieving the current ambitious elimination targets without a radical change in thinking and action. While proud of the significant gains made, delegates consider that the status quo is nowhere near enough to complete the task.

Malaria is a disease of poverty. Eliminating it would make a massive difference to the lives of many millions of often vulnerable and marginalised people. It would also lift the financial and social burden malaria places on individuals, communities and countries which undermines their path to sustainable economic development. Its positive effect on the world would be profound.

Delegates identified the following priority areas for urgent action:

  1. Think creatively outside existing solutions and promote scientific and social innovation at every level to achieve global targets. New thinking and knowledge is essential to discover and develop new tools, identify creative financing solutions that include the private sector, engage communities, and better implement the existing interventions.

  2. Engage vulnerable communities and civil society as equal partners in this fight. Malaria control and elimination cannot be achieved without the genuine engagement of community and civil society to ensure sustained access for all.

  3. Listen, then act collaboratively. The different segments of the malaria community must value each other and work together, each bringing their strengths to a common purpose to make the most of the resources we have.

  4. Hold ourselves to account. Facilitate cross-sector conversations and relationships to build and align political, scientific, technical, community and operational leadership to end malaria.

  5. Commit to mobilizing increased and sustained financing for malaria control and elimination. Current committed resources in the context of the devastating scale and impact of malaria are astonishingly small.

Recognising that increased resources, new tools and a new way of working will be required, the MWC demanded urgent action for:

  • Acknowledgement that ending malaria is integral to the global transformation promised by Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals mandated by the United Nations, in support of health systems strengthening efforts.

  • Increased political commitment at all levels to meet the endorsed global commitments and goals, through increased domestic and international financing including a fully funded Global Fund replenishment in 2019. Recognising the core role and responsibilities of national malaria programmes and governments.

  • Coordinated scientific and social research, including strengthened implementation research as a well as the development of new tools for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of malaria as well as to reduce transmission.

  • Improved access to and use of new and existing quality tools and services for the prevention diagnosis and treatment of malaria and the prevention of transmission.

  • Urgent action against the spread of drug-resistant malaria and insecticide-resistant vectors as a frontline priority.

  • Recognition and support for the newly established Global Civil Society for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME) network.

  • Commitment to the periodic convening of the whole global malaria community, rotating across regions, in close collaboration with the Global Malaria Program of WHO, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and other key stakeholders.

Recognising the importance of national, regional and global leadership, including sub-regional efforts; the MWC recalls and urges support for the:

WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 (GTS) adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015; a technical framework for malaria control and elimination with the following goals:

  • Reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates of at least 40 percent and the elimination of malaria in at least 10 countries by 2020;
  • Reduction in malaria case incidence by at least 90 percent by 2030;
  • Reduction in malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030;
  • Elimination of malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030
  • Prevention of resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Communique 2018 where 53 Commonwealth Heads of State welcomed global, regional and national efforts to combat malaria and other mosquito borne diseases and committed to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023. They also urged acceleration of efforts to reduce malaria globally by 90 percent by 2030.

African Union (AU) Commitment to Zero malaria by 2030 supported by the “zero malaria starts with me” campaign.

East Asia Summit (EAS) commitment by 18 Heads of Government to the goal of an Asia Pacific free of malaria by 2030, and the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap as a framework for shared action. Now also including Melanesia and Timor Leste.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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