Twenty-sixth session


Development of the Antimalaria Programme

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered resolution WHA28.87 adopted by the Twenty-eighth World Health Assembly, *

         Having noted the general review of the malaria situation provided by the Regional Director in his report for the period 1 July 1974 to 30 June 1975, and the progress, albeit slow, of the antimalaria programme in the Region,

  1. URGES governments (a) to maintain the high priority accorded to antimalaria activities in relation to their other health programmes, (b) to continue to ensure full administrative and financial support for the implementation of antimalaria programmes;
  2. URGES governments with the resources to do so to assist combating the disease by contributing, in money or in kind, to the Voluntary Fund for Health Promotion - Malaria Eradication Special Account - or directly to countries needing assistance through bilateral agreements;

             Recognizing that many of the technical problems encountered in implementing efficient and effective antimalaria programmes are accompanied by operational difficulties;

  3. IDENTIFIES the following as areas in which efforts towards improvement should be concentrated:
    (i) development of adequate technically-trained health manpower with managerial capabilities, together with incentives for retaining the trained manpower in the antimalaria service;
    (ii) encouragement of increased support from basic health services and closer community involvement in antimalaria activities;
    (iii) orientation of health service staff in the prevention, treatment and control of malaria;
    (iv) supply of DDT in the Region or such other insecticides as may be required;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director (a) to continue to assist governments with problems encountered in connexion with their antimalaria programmes; (b) to promote intercountry coordination of malaria programmes between countries with common borders both within and outside the Region; (c) to promote specific research activities particularly in order to overcome technical and operational difficulties; (d) to disseminate relevant information of value to member countries or areas in the Region; and (e) to explore the possibility of producing additional DDT within the Region.

* WHO Official Records, No. 226, 1975, pp. 52-53

04 September 1975

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