Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases

Statement by Dr Shin Young-soo WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific for World Malaria Day 2014

MANILA, 25 April 2014 – Today on World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region celebrates more than a decade of significant progress in the fight against malaria. Since 2000, most malaria-endemic countries in the Region reduced their malaria burden by 75%, in line with global goals.

WHO fighters against malaria in the Western Pacific

In May 2013, malaria experts from across the WHO Western Pacific Region, and beyond, assembled at the Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, the Philippines, to take stock of the fight against the disease and to plot ways forward. Among them were WHO regional malaria advisers going back to 1990, and one for pharmaceuticals. This video is their story of malaria control in the Western Pacific.

WHO to launch counter-offensive to resistance to artemisinin

mass screening

The Regional Director, Dr Shin Young-soo, will formally launch WHO's framework for the "Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion" (ERAR) at a ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel in Phnom Penh, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, development partners, as well as government officials from the Greater Mekong Subregion countries.

Landmark collaboration measures the impact of two successful public health interventions in Wallis and Futuna

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Supervisor training for LF/HB survey in Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna conducted a successful combined survey to estimate the prevalence of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and hepatitis B (HB) in order to measure the impact of control programmes for the two diseases.

This survey included 94% of all 1014 primary school students. Children of grades 1-5 were tested for Wuchereria bancrofti antigen and children grades 4-5 were tested for hepatitis B virus surface antigen.

About malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases unit

MVP unit, under the Division of Combating Communicable Diseases, contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by reducing the burden due to vectorborne and parasitic diseases and, where feasible, eliminating them, by addressing knowledge gaps through operational research. It supports the scale up of strategies to achieve programme goals, including strengthening technical cooperation with countries.

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