25 September 2018, 08:00-10:00
(Breakfast served from 08:00-08:30)
Dining Room 6, 7 & 8,
405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY,
The 2017 World Malaria Report revealed that following an unprecedented period of success in malaria control, many countries reported little progress or an increase in malaria cases at the end of the 2016, while some countries have reported good progress towards malaria elimination. Several challenges including weak health systems, gaps in the uptake of available interventions and innovative tools, inadequate financing and country ownership and leadership still hamper efforts towards malaria control and elimination in the region.
Given the current trajectories of malaria mortality rates and case incidence globally especially in the 11 high burden countries, as well as current coverage levels of critical interventions, it is unlikely the GTS 2020 targets can be achieved on a global scale. To respond to this challenge and reverse these trends, additional political commitment, financing and programmatic efforts are needed to get the high burden countries back on track to achieve the 2025 milestones of the GTS, and to sustain the gains thereafter to reach the GTS goals by 2030.
Countries have the potential to dramatically alter the global malaria trends through country led efforts, backed by the highest political leadership and focused investments through the use of strategic information and tailored deployment of interventions. Accelerating progress and getting back on track to end malaria will require a shared responsibility approach to financing and efficient utilization of resources in the high burden countries. Additional resources are needed to scale up existing interventions and introduce innovative tools. These gaps in resources to fight malaria will only be filled through joint investments of domestic and international funding.
A high-level roundtable with country leadership to update and advocate for support from the Member States and Partners to address the malaria situation will be held on Tuesday 25th of September 2018.