Dakar, 16 April 2018 – “It isn’t every day that you get to reflect upon two decades of progress and challenges in the fight against malaria, surrounded by all the key stakeholders that are needed to sustain the gains we have made and to identify new opportunities.”
Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director Dr James Tibenderana, speaking from the Multilateral Initiative Malaria Conference, continued: “We are here to share results of our key achievements through symposia and presentations, and we are also delighted to offer engaging Q&A sessions at our booth to take a deep-dive into particular issues.”
The novelty of the organisation’s participation at the five-day conference is definitely the Q&A sessions. During the lunchtime conversations (at booth 123 in the exhibition hall) top technical experts will be given a platform to share expertise, and fight malaria with one voice. The conversations are open to everyone attending the conference and will cover different themes, including elimination, surveillance, preventive treatments and vaccines, as well as child health.
Malaria Consortium is also involved in three symposia covering digital health system strengthening, seasonal malaria chemoprevention in the Sahel and residual malaria transmission in Asia. Panellists will share lessons learnt and recommendations for other organisations and national governments.
The organisation’s experts will be presenting posters as well, where topics range from the co-implementation of malaria, neglected tropical diseases and sanitation, the importance of community involvement, and the necessary conditions for continuous net distribution. In addition to this broad thematic variety, we will be sharing lessons learnt from the Sahel, Nigeria and Mozambique, and indicating where Asia and Africa can learn from each other along the road to malaria elimination.
“I hope the conference will offer us all new insights in how we can work collectively towards malaria elimination, whether it is through research, new knowledge and practices or lessons learnt from implementation. The 2017 World Malaria Report shows us that we are clearly at a crossroads,” Dr Tibenderana concluded, “We have to aim for greater impact from the funding and tools which we have.”