India launches the National Framework to Eliminate Malaria
Launching the National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India 2016-2030 today, Mr J. P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India said, “India stands committed to eliminating Malaria and is committed to allocating infrastructure and financial resources to this task.”
The launch announcement was aligned with the 2014 regional pledge by the leaders of 18 Asia-Pacific countries, including India, to eliminate malaria by 2030. The two-day meeting held on 10-11 February 2016 was convened by WHO and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.
Aimed at elimination of malaria from India and improving health and quality of life, the meeting focused on discussing strategic framework, innovation and research, health system strengthening, and sharing of experiences for malaria elimination.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr J. P. Nadda said, “This framework has been developed with a vision to eliminate malaria from the country and contribute to improved health and quality of life and alleviation of poverty.”
The new framework encourages all Indian states with different levels of malaria transmission to accelerate efforts towards malaria elimination and lays down specific milestones and targets to achieve the same.
“Eliminating malaria is possible with innovative strategies and steadfast resolve. To achieve the framework’s milestones and improve the health and wellbeing of millions of people across the country, the new framework must be supported by all health sector partners, and must be implemented in full. This is an exciting opportunity to make lasting, tangible change, and requires our firm and unwavering commitment,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region.
Speaking at the opening day of the launch of the National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India 2016-2030, Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said, “The commitment of the Government of India to eliminate malaria by endorsing the Global Malaria Technical Strategy 2016-2030 and setting a national malaria elimination target of 2030 is a huge step forward that will have a major regional and global impact.”
In line with the WHO Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for Malaria 2016-2030 and Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) Malaria Elimination Roadmap for the Asia Pacific, the goals of the National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India are to:
- Eliminate malaria (zero indigenous cases) throughout the entire country by 2030; and
- Maintain malaria free status in areas where malaria transmission has been interrupted and prevent re-introduction of malaria
The meeting witnessed a convergence of stakeholders from Indian and global public health sector. It was attended by senior officials from the MoHFW, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), state program officers (SPOs), state regional directors (RDs) along with experts from Population Foundation of India (PFI), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and other nodal institutes and organizations.