World Malaria Day
25 April, 2012
Today is World Malaria Day. Instituted by the World Health Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007, it is a day for recognising the global effort to provide effective control of malaria.
Malaria – integration of new tools for zero deaths and elimination
Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 February 2012 (WP1141)
It is estimated that Malaria causes up to 241 million illnesses and more than 700,000 deaths each year. As many as 90 percent of these illnesses and deaths occur among children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa.
Following on from our 2009 meeting Malaria: getting to zero in February this year, we ran a round-table workshop at which we discussed new tools, including the potential for a vaccine, update on trials of the candidate RTS,S vaccine, and progress with the development of epidemiological and economic models which will guide the use of any vaccine.
Maintaining the gains achieved by current technologies and interventions, and expanding these further, is a key priority. However, research is rapidly bringing better drugs, new insecticides and a potential vaccine. The meeting highlighted the need to incorporate these in a judicious way, with local decision-making about the adoption of new technologies being critical. Some of these new technologies (such as single dose curative drugs, better drugs against vivax and new and potent insecticides, and a vaccine) will undoubtedly accelerate progress on lower mortality.
This conference was organised in association with:
- The Global Health Group
- University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
- Medicines for Malaria Venture
- PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative
- Vestergaard Frandsen
- 2009 meeting on Malaria: getting to zero
- 2012 meeting on Malaria – integration of new tools for zero deaths and elimination