World Malaria Day 2018, New Delhi

WHO Country Office for India along with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India and National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme organized the World Malaria Day 2018 event in New Delhi on 25 April 2018.

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. The theme of the World Malaria Day this year, ‘Ready to beat malaria’ underscores the collective energy and global commitment in uniting for a world free of malaria.

This year’s World Malaria Day also coincided with the 70th anniversary of WHO.

Lauding the efforts of the government to eliminate Malaria, Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said, “From new life-saving treatments to political commitment, we must act now and further accelerate the pace of work to stop malaria in its tracks.”

“This World Malaria Day, we must all rededicate ourselves to end malaria – in our homes and communities, our countries and around the world,” he added.

The event was graced by Dr Promila Gupta, Director General of Health Services; Mr. Vikas Sheel, Joint Secretary, MoHFW; Dr Dharamshaktu, Principal Advisor, MoHFW; Dr Neeraj Dhingra, Additional Director, NVBDCP, along with the other senior officials of the ministry.

Later in the day, Dr Henk Bekedam met Mr J.P. Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and handed over the Ministerial Declaration on Accelerating and Sustaining Malaria Elimination in the South-East Asia Region, which he had signed at the High Level Roundtable on Accelerating the Elimination of Malaria in the South-East Asia Region in November 2017. At the meeting Mr Nadda had said that addressing malaria is not only an issue for India’s aspiration of achieving universal health coverage, but also achieve it with equity.