Pillar four


Pillar Co-Chairs

Associate Professor Helen Evans
Nossal Institute for Global Health and Burnet Institute
Dr Benjamin Rolfe
Asia Pacific Malaria Leaders Alliance (APLMA)
Professor Maxine Whittaker
James Cook University

Malaria Today

We are not just numbers, carriers or the problem?

These sessions will use various media to highlight the people and communities most affected, putting a face to and provide voice to the people and communities most affected. They will review and critique approaches to community involvement in control and elimination and also draw lessons from these approaches in other infectious disease programmes.

Meeting the Challenges of Malaria Eradication

These sessions will build on the previous two days, and explore the various challenges and approaches to harnessing the power of those most affected through traditional and social media, linking to social movements for health and development. To achieve malaria eradication requires sustained engagement and ownership of the elimination agenda by all including communities and those at risk and vulnerable, and ways to do this must be defined and evaluated in various contexts.

Affected Communities

Malaria in a Global Health Context

Malaria programmes need to better understand ways to work with communities to address their needs, value their perspectives and support their active participation.

These sessions will take the form of presentations, discussion and panel discussants including

  • Lessons to be learnt from other infectious diseases and links to other vector borne diseases, neglected tropical diseases and health programmes.
  • The role of social movements for improved health and wellbeing. More nuanced approaches to community participation and engagement, including better acknowledgement of social determinants of health, culture, social norms and gender need to be developed.
  • What does elimination mean for the individual and communities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goal’s and Universal Health Care?
  • The needs of special groups such as migrant and mobile populations and lessons from other health programmes and sectors that may be relevant to malaria elimination.