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The Australian Government is pleased to support the inaugural Malaria World Congress, held in Melbourne from 1-5 July. The meeting has brought together global specialists to share ideas and strategies towards the goal of eliminating malaria.
Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.
Julie Bishop says eradicating malaria is possible in our lifetime but eliminating the mosquito-borne disease must be done in partnership with other nations.
Professor Brendan Crabb, director and chief executive officer of the Burnet Institute — who has been the driving force behind the inagural Malaria World Congress in Melbourne — applauds Australia's improved $16 million Malaria funding as a good step to helping our neighbouring countries in combating the deadly disease.
Disease outbreaks such as Ebola are genuinely terrifying.
We normally associate them with the exotic and the unknown — UN emergency workers tramping through African dust in biohazard suits, fighting a rearguard action against a mysterious foe.
However, just 150 kilometres north of Australia a more familiar epidemic is unfolding. An ancient parasite is spreading faster than at any time this century.
The global battle to fight and eradicate malaria will descend on Melbourne next month.
Despite past success in global malaria control, the disease remains a major public health risk in tropical regions globally and this year the World Health Organisation warned that progress in the fight to eradicate malaria has stalled.
MalaFA (Malaria Futures for Africa) is an opinion research study commissioned by Novartis to capture the views of African malaria experts in 14 sub-Saharan African countries – from government, the research community and NGOs – on progress and remaining challenges toward the 2030 global malaria goals. Study co-chairs are Dr Richard Kamwi, Ambassador, Elimination 8 (E8), and Professor Bob Snow, of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust programme, Kenya and University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
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.
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.
PLOS Medicine Specialty Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein reports that highlights from the Pan African Malaria Conference and the Malaria Summit portend a bright future for ending malaria, but first we must deal with current obstacles.
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.
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.
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.
WHO joins partner organisations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Ready to Beat Malaria.” This theme underscores the collective energy and committment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal ofg a world free of malaria. It highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity’s oldest diseases, whilst also calling out worrying trends as captured in the 2017 World Malaria Report.
A COMMONWEALTH GAMES athlete has been hospitalised and is in a serious condition after contracting a tropical disease in the lead up to the event.
GOLDOC has confirmed a 23-year-old athlete was admitted to Gold Coast University Hospital yesterday suffering from malaria.
Watch a short clip on why Dr Ricardo Ataide from the Burnet Institute will be attending the inaugural Malaria World Congress in Melbourne this July.
Lenakel, Vanuatu – The province of Tafea has been recognized for its achievement of eradicating malaria in an award ceremony organized by the Government of Vanuatu.
The elimination of malaria incidence in Tafea marks a great success of the malaria programme of the Ministry of Health, accomplished in collaboration with donors and development partners including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund.
Written by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham
The day I first got involved in the fight to end one of the world’s oldest diseases, the best part of a decade ago, isn’t something I’ll forget in a hurry. Playing tennis at Wembley Stadium over the world’s longest mosquito net doesn’t happen every day and when it’s against a fresh faced young talent called Andy Murray, it tends to stick in the mind.
Bill Gates, the head of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, has called on Australia to become the regional champion of a historic drive to eradicate malaria from Asia within 10 years.
MELBOURNE researchers have taken a major step towards the development of a vaccine to protect against the world’s most widespread malaria parasite.
Burnet Institute researchers have created a malaria ‘Frankenstein’ to reveal secrets about the deadly species Plasmodium vivax in a major milestone to advance the development of a world-first life-saving malaria vaccine.
At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and the World Health Organization.
BANGKOK, 13th December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has held a strategic seminar on insect-borne communicable disease prevention to promote healthy lifestyles in rural areas.
The 2017 World Malaria Report provides a clear picture of the work required to control malaria. Data from over 90 countries reveals a dramatic reduction in the rates of disease and deaths between 2010 to 2015. But malaria deaths remained unchanged in Africa from 2015 to 2016.
Human-induced deforestation may be causing an increase in malaria cases, according to a new study of 67 less developed, malaria-endemic countries.