1st Malaria World Congress, the first to use new MCEC expansion space

The finish line is in sight for Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) $200 million expansion site, which is under two months away from opening.

Once completed, the new space will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000 square metres. 

The 20,000-square-metre expansion includes 9,000 square metres of exhibition space plus additional flexible, multi-purpose event space, 1,000 seat plenary theatre, multiple meeting rooms, a banquet room and the Goldfields Café and Bar.

Read More
Cath Esteban
Global Health Security: Why Malaria Elimination is a Priority

As Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said at a recent malaria meeting held in London: “The health security of any one nation is only as strong or as weak as its neighbours”.

Populations in the Asia-Pacific region and all over the world face increasingly complex health threats. This calls for stronger, locally relevant and high-quality health systems capable of addressing prevailing public health issues, especially emerging infectious diseases.

Read More
Hannah Pickford
Melbourne's bid to make malaria history

World Malaria Day is on 25 April. We speak with Dr Leanne Robinson (pictured above) and Dr Amanda Caples about Melbourne’s role in helping stamp out malaria.   

Here’s a health fact that may shock you: drug resistance means malaria is on the rise for the first time in two decades, killing more than half a million people annually.

Indeed, the clock is ticking to develop a long-lasting malaria vaccine, and this is where Melbourne comes in. Our city will host the State Government-supported inaugural Malaria World Congress on 1-5 July. A true game-changer, this will be the first time global stakeholders will gather for cross-sector collaboration. And given the current disease flare-up, the introduction of such a congress is more timely than ever.

Read More
Hannah Pickford
Rear-view mirror: 7 decades of malaria

Q&A with Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme

This interview takes readers on a journey through key malaria milestones since 1948, when WHO was first created. Dr Pedro Alonso traces the trajectory of the malaria response over the last 7 decades, from the early years of the Global Malaria Eradication Programme to the unprecedented reductions in cases and deaths since the turn of the century. He reflects on more recent trends that show a plateau in funding and a corresponding slowdown in progress.

Read More
Hannah Pickford
United for malaria: partnerships and the global response

Q&A with Dr Kesete Admasu of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria
In 1998, WHO, the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF created the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) with the goal of cutting in half the global burden of malaria by 2010. This initiative mobilized unprecedented joint action, advocacy and funding from a coalition of partners from academia, research institutes, corporations and international development organizations. Dr Kesete Admasu is CEO of the newly invigorated RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Ethiopia’s former Minister of Health. In this interview, he reflects on the global response to malaria and the critical role of partnerships in driving forward progress in fighting malaria worldwide.

Read More
Hannah Pickford