The Symposium, entitled ‘Taking the Resistance out of Elimination’ highlighted current efforts to combat drug resistance in Asia and focused on the impact of artemisinin resistance in the region, barriers in reaching migrant populations and improving surveillance and information systems.
The emergence of resistance to artemisinin – currently recommended as the best treatment for malaria in combination with other drugs – has created obstacles in the effort to reduce the incidence of malaria. Despite sustained political will and support for malaria elimination, drug resistance is increasing in Asia and will pose a serious challenge to elimination efforts. There is also a danger that the drug resistant parasite could spread to Africa, exacerbating mortality and morbidity in the region.
Keynote presentations were given by Dr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium Technical Director and Dr John R. MacArthur, Chief, Program Implementation Unit, Malaria Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, Malaria Consortium discussed its surveillance activities in Cambodia, behaviour change through positive deviance in Myanmar, and the current status of drug resistance and preparations toward its containment in the Greater Mekong sub-regional countries.
All presentations from the Symposium are available to view online here.
Click to view videoJohn R. MacArthur, Chief, Program Implementation Unit, Malaria Branch, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMalaria Elimination - Hype or Hope
Click to view videoDr Sylvia Meek, Malaria Consortium Technical DirectorContainment of drug resistance and the pathway to elimination for Asia
Click to view videoDr Arantxa Roca-Feltrer, Epidemiologist and Country Technical Coordinator, Malaria Consortium CambodiaMalaria Consortium Surveillance in Cambodia
Click to view videoMuhammad Shafique, Behaviour Change Communication Specialist, Malaria ConsortiumPositive Deviance: An Innovative Approach to Improve Malaria Outcomes in Myanmar
Click to view videoDr Apinya Niramitsantipong, Medical Officer, Bureau of Vector-Borne Diseases, Ministry of Public Health, ThailandCurrent status and preparations of the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries towards the containment of drug resistance and elimination