Unified approach to health equity.
The First Malaria World Congress will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 1 – 5 July 2018.
Malaria is without doubt one of the world’s leading health problems causing death and severe illness to millions each year at a scale that entrenches poverty and disadvantage in major swathes of the world. Despite impressive advances over the last decade, malaria remains a huge global and regional threat. The recently released World Health Organisation 2017 World Malaria Report is a salutary reminder that we are indeed at a tipping point which could go either way.
At present, there is no mechanism anywhere in the world for ALL stakeholders - those in affected communities, in government, in policy development, in implementation, in program finance, and in research - to gather and share information, to reach a consensus and to build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria.
The inaugural Malaria World Congress aims to address this gap.
Our objectives are
Facilitation of collaboration between practitioners of scientific innovation, health systems delivery, community, government and non-governmental organisations
Position malaria elimination within the Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals
Strengthen political commitment and action towards malaria elimination
Address gaps in knowledge and communication within and across sectors to meet elimination targets
Malaria elimination is a priority issue in 2018. Following on from the malaria event to be held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in London in April, 2018, this Congress will be a critical step in keeping up and building upon the political momentum created at the April event. The Malaria World Congress will be the opportunity to work through implementation issues not possible in a one day meeting putting a strong focus on cross-sector collaboration.
The Congress is structured around three key themes:
Malaria Today - The recent history and present of malaria control and elimination efforts.
- Putting Malaria Elimination into a Global Health Context - How malaria sits within the broader global health context, with focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Care and health security.
- Meeting the Challenges of Malaria Eradication - How we move forward together to enable sustainable impact in malaria endemic countries.
Within each of these themes there are four pillars:
Science - Including application- and social- focussed research
Global, regional and country governance - Leadership driving goals
Frontline - Implementation and innovation
The conference will to provide the opportunity for both presentations and in-depth discussion and will culminate in a key joint declarations.
Professor Alan Cowman FAA FRS Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Professor Brendan Crabb AC Burnet Institute
Associate Professor Helen Evans AO Nossal Institute for Global Health and Burnet Institute.
The First Malaria World Congress has a mission to promote the highest standards in the broad area of the organisation and function of Malaria Research. In executing this mission the Congress endeavours to foster a culture of inclusion and equity in all of its activities including conference participation. The Congress welcomes and encourages participation by members regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion or age.
The First Malaria World Congress is committed to supporting diversity in all of its activities.
The First Malaria World Congress is committed to striving for gender balance by:
- Ensuring balanced female and male representation in the invited speakers, proffered talks and session chairs at the conference
- Ensuring committees such as the conference organising committee, program committee and scientific advisory board are gender balanced.
- Building in support structures that facilitate attendance at the conference by women and men with dependents.