Malaria remains a preventable global health emergency and a disease whose results continue to immure individuals, communities and countries in poverty. However with a multisector approach working across scientific innovation, health systems delivery, governments, non-governmental organizations and affected communities, malaria can be eradicated.
The global malaria situation has improved dramatically over the last fifteen years. The number of deaths and illnesses due to malaria has effectively halved although this varies between and within countries. These successes have been achieved through the extraordinary cooperation of affected communities and their governments, working alongside governments of donor nations, multilateral bodies, researchers, philanthropic organisations, private sector organisations and non-government agencies. However, without coordinated action, these impressive gains will be difficult to sustain and even more difficult to accelerate. This ambitious program could so easily be derailed by a misplaced confidence that the job is nearly done and a lack of understanding of the challenges that still face us. We must act now to ensure the momentum and achievements of the past 15 years continue to build. We do not want history to repeat itself and malaria to come bounding back. Elimination and eradication of malaria is possible, but requires new tools as well as innovative approaches that engage communities living with the disease.
A major gap in the malaria response landscape is the absence of a forum where representatives of the entire malaria world can meet. Our key aim for the inaugural World Congress on Malaria is to unify and energise the broader malaria community around a common sense of purpose, including one that links malaria with the wider global health and human development goals of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. Together we can learn from each other, plan for the implementation of cross sector strategies and galvanise the effort for the eradication of malaria.
The conference sessions will feed into a final round table discussion leading to joint declarations by Global and Asia Pacific leaders committing to the goal of Malaria Elimination in our region by 2030 and a roadmap for steps and targets needed to achieve this.
Join us at this significant event to make malaria history.
Professor Alan Cowman FAA FRS Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Professor Brendan Crabb AC Burnet Institute
Assoc. Professor Helen Evans (Hon) AO Nossal Institute for Global Health and Burnet Institute