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MALARIA NO MORE IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING INDIA’S 2030 MALARIA ELIMINATION GOAL
According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2018, India has the world’s fourth highest malaria burden, with 1.25 billion people at risk of contracting the disease. India registered a 24% decrease in malaria cases between 2016 and 2017, which made India the only country among the 11 highest-burden countries to mark progress in reducing cases of malaria during this timeframe.
India’s success follows its commitment in 2015 to end malaria by 2030. Last year, India joined 52 Commonwealth nations in their commitment to halve the malaria burden across the Commonwealth within five years.
In 2016, Malaria No More (MNM) expanded its operations to support India’s 2030 malaria elimination goal. Powered by a dedicated team of technical, programmatic and communication experts based out of Delhi and Bhubaneshwar, we focus on working with high-burden Indian states to reduce malaria cases and deaths using innovative strategies, better data, and new technologies.
At the national level, we are working with the national government to elevate malaria as a priority health issue.
MNM PARTNERS WITH ODISHA STATE, INDIA’S MALARIA ELIMINATION PACE SETTER
The WHO noted that India’s recent progress against malaria was largely due to substantial malaria case reductions in Odisha State, which has the largest burden of malaria among all the states. Through sustained efforts, such as expanding access to diagnostics and treatment, strengthening data collection, distributing long lasting insecticidal nets and improving health care worker skills, Odisha recorded a remarkable decline of over 80% in reported malaria cases and deaths between 2017 and 2018.
To further Odisha’s goal to end malaria, MNM signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Odisha in 2018. The partnership seeks to support expansion of Odisha’s innovative strategies and strengthen Odisha’s malaria program capacity to have even greater impact moving forward. In addition, MNM will help Odisha to create a replicable success model for other high burden states to similarly drive down malaria cases and deaths as part of India’s national malaria elimination strategy.
Specifically, MNM is providing technical assistance to the Odisha Vector Borne Disease Control Programme to:
- support overall strategy development;
- strengthen malaria surveillance and reporting;
- improve data triangulation and data-driven decision-making;
- enhance private health sector reporting of malaria; and,
- create compelling health education and behavior-change campaigns.
MNM also is working with the Odisha government to engage a range of technical, academic, private sector, and media partners to support expansion of Odisha’s drive toward malaria elimination. In January 2019, the global health company Abbott announced its commitment to support Odisha’s efforts with a donation of rapid diagnostic tests for use by the Odisha government, and funding to MNM to increase the impact of our work in Odisha.
Mr. Sanjeev Gaikwad, India Country Director
Photo credit: Sephi Bergerson
Photo credit: Sephi Bergerson