Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases

WHO Biregional Malaria Elimination Training

10 to 18 February 2014 - Lipa, Batangas

Summary

In the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions, significant progress has been made to control malaria in the last decade: in comparison to data for 2000, malaria morbidity has been reduced by 30% and mortality by 82% in countries in the Western Pacific Region by 2012 and by 35% and 88% respectively in countries in the South-East Asia Region. Fifteen out of 20 malaria-endemic countries have changed their national malaria programme goals from control to elimination.

In order to support the capacity of country programmes to accelerate elimination efforts, WHO is organizing the first biregional malaria elimination course in Lipa City, Philippines. The course is targeted at senior malaria programme staff from selected countries which have a malaria elimination goal. It is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to strengthen the development and implementation of national or subnational plans for malaria elimination.

Objectives

This course will enable participants to conduct a feasibility assessment in countries and subnational regions to assess suitability for elimination and develop or modify existing plans for malaria elimination. In addition, trainees will acquire the necessary skills to enable them to:

  • describe the basic principles of malaria elimination and develop a national programme, or modify an existing programme, to eliminate malaria in a particular country or area;
  • select control measures appropriate to the local situation and design approaches (strategies) to achieve national or subnational elimination; and
  • write a plan for malaria elimination, including activities, operational targets, evaluation methods and indicators to monitor progress.
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