Resolutions

WPR/RC60.R5

Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2010–2015)

The Regional Committee,

Concerned that malaria remains a significant public health problem in the Region, especially for the poorest rural populations;

Acknowledging progress made by Member States in reducing malaria mortality and morbidity, with several Members States having changed their national malaria programme goals from malaria control to elimination;

Aware of the unacceptably high burden of malaria in a few countries, the continued transmission in active foci in many countries, and the risk of malaria epidemics;

Concerned with the emergence of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum as a major global threat to malaria control and elimination;

Further concerned with the wide availability of substandard and counterfeit antimalarial medicines, and the irrational use of artemisinin derivatives, especially in the private sector;

Recognizing the public health significance in the Western Pacific Region of malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax, which currently is not adequately diagnosed and treated in many countries and which poses a particular challenge for malaria elimination;

Acknowledging the unprecedented amount of funding made available for malaria control and elimination;

Further acknowledging the need to strengthen human resources and national surveillance systems, and to sustain funding for malaria;

Recognizing that effective malaria control and elimination require universal access of all at-risk populations to effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures, as well as strong community involvement;

Aware of the importance of partnerships and intersectoral cooperation to achieve programme goals and more cost-effective interventions through synergies;

Recognizing the importance of the Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2010–2015)[1] as a road map to guide national programmes, as a monitoring framework and as an advocacy and resource mobilization tool,

1. ENDORSES the Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2010–2015);

2. URGES Member States where malaria is endemic:

(1) to use the Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2010–2015) to update national malaria control or elimination plans and as a framework for monitoring implementation and mobilizing resources;

(2) to strengthen commitment at all levels to help ensure that adequate human and financial resources are made available to implement and sustain national malaria control or elimination programmes, and incorporate health system strengthening whenever feasible;

(3) to ensure universal access for all at-risk populations to appropriate and effective vector control measures, early parasite-based diagnosis, and safe and effective antimalarial treatment, and maximize services utilization through appropriate communication and community mobilization;

(4) to prohibit the marketing of artemisinin-based monotherapies and halt any further development and spread of artemisinin-resistant falciparum malaria;

(5) to improve diagnosis and treatment of vivax malaria, including addressing the issue of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency and supporting operational research to fill knowledge gaps;

(6) to strengthen national surveillance systems to monitor malaria trends and programme impact and to detect and control outbreaks in a timely manner, and to encourage regular and transparent data reporting and sharing;

(7) to foster partnerships with nongovernmental organizations and technical agencies and support intersectoral cooperation;

3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:

(1) to use the Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific Region (2010–2015) to advocate among stakeholders and development partners for increased support for moving from malaria control towards a malaria-free Region;

(2) to provide technical support to Member States to address barriers to the scaling up of malaria control and elimination programmes;

(3) to report to the Regional Committee on progress in implementing the Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2010–2015) and to report on necessary refinements, as required.

Sixth meeting
WPR/RC60/SR/6



[1] Annex 1 of document WPR/RC60/8.

24 September 2009


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