Latest NewsResponding to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19

August 31, 2020by ammren_admin

The recent stalling of global progress on malaria has been further compounded by COVID-19. How can countries safely maintain essential malaria services during the pandemic? What actions are needed now to secure a strong footing for future success in tackling malaria and other urgent health challenges?

Two virtual forums on 3-4 September will take stock of the current situation in countries affected by both malaria and COVID-19, including successes, pain points, best practices and lessons learned. On day 1, participants will hear from country-based experts about the incredible work that has been done to maintain critical malaria services. Their shared insights will form the basis of discussions on day 2 with national and global health leaders. 

Join WHO and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria for these live, interactive forums. The discussions will be moderated in English with simultaneous translations provided in French and Spanish.

Speakers and agenda

Day 1: Voices from the field

Country perspectives

  • Dr Dorothy Achu, Ministry of Health, Cameroon
  • Dr Mariam Adam, WHO, Sudan
  • Dr Baltazar Candrinho, Ministry of Health, Mozambique
  • Dr Neeraj Dhingra, Ministry of Health, India
  • Dr Helene Hiwat, Ministry of Health, Suriname
  • Dr Paola Marchesini, Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Dr Olugbenga Mokuolu, Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Dr Jimmy Opiogo, Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Dr Harriet Pasquale, Ministry of Health, South Sudan
  • Dr Sovannaroth Siv, Ministry of Health, Cambodia

Other speakers

  • Dr Pedro Alonso, Director, WHO Global Malaria Programme
  • Dr Socé Fall, Assistant Director-General, Emergency Response, WHO
  • Dr David Reddy, CEO, Medicines for Malaria Venture
  • Dr Melanie Renshaw, Co-Chair of the Country and Regional Support Partnership Committee, RBM Partnership
  • Ms Julie Wallace, Malaria Division Chief, Global Health Bureau, US Agency for International Development 
  • Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria

Day 2: Rising to the challenge

  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General
  • Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria
  • Dr David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the WHO DirectorGeneral on COVID-19
  • Dr Mirta Roses Periago, Director Emeritus of the Pan American Health Organization and Board Member of theRBM Partnership to End Malaria
  • Mr Peter Sands, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Dr Philip Welkhoff, Director for Malaria, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Dyann Wirth, Chair, WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee

Source: WHO