22- 24 November 2015: Malaria Programme Managers from the Eastern Mediterranean countries convened in Amman, Jordon this week at their 11th Inter-Country meeting to chart progress on malaria elimination. In a region experiencing huge population movement due to war, civil unrest, and migrant workers, nations such as Yemen and Syria are maintaining their communication on malaria and reporting regularly despite the difficulties.
“There is a clear and urgent call for political commitment, greater resources, cross border collaboration, quality of treatment and diagnostics“, said Dr Nafo EXD RBM who presented the Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016-2030 during the meeting. "As well as greater surveillance, advocacy is needed to increase awareness among travellers and health workers, particularly in countries were the number of cases are becoming smaller and smaller."
This programme managers meeting follows the recent 62nd session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, where Ministers of Health and representatives from respective member states came together in Kuwait City to discuss crucial health issues facing the region. In perhaps one of the first meetings to take place after world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its seventeen ambitious goals (SDGs), malaria was high on the agenda and EMROs Regional Action Plan ( in line with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and the AIM ) was approved.
In Jordon a message from the WHO EMRO Regional Director, read by Dr Hoda Atta, stated, “We are dealing with an enemy that is hard to defeat. While we celebrate our achievements and we plan for the next phase under the new SDG, we must remain vigilant to prevent resurgence in areas that have been freed from malaria."