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Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to the WHO: conclusions and recommendations of March 2013 meeting

WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee and Secretariat

  • Correspondence: WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee and Secretariat mpacgmp@who.int

Author Affiliations

Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia 27, Geneva, CH-1211, Switzerland

Malaria Journal 2013, 12:213  doi:10.1186/1475-2875-12-213

Published: 20 June 2013

Abstract

The Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to the World Health Organization met in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 15 March, 2013. This article provides a summary of the discussions, conclusions and recommendations from that meeting.

Meeting sessions included: a review of the efficacy of artemisinin-based combination therapy in Guyana and Suriname; the outcomes from a consultation on non-malaria febrile illness; the outcomes from the second meeting of the Evidence Review Group on malaria burden estimation; an update on the review of the WHO Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria; an update regarding progress on the constitution of the vector control Technical Expert Group; updates on the RTS, S/AS01 vaccine and the malaria vaccine technology roadmap; financing and resource allocation for malaria control; malaria surveillance and the need for a surveillance, monitoring and evaluation Technical Expert Group; criteria and classification related to malaria elimination; the next meeting of the Evidence Review Group on Intermittent Preventive Treatment in pregnancy; an update on the soon-to-be launched Elimination Scenario Planning Tool; and an update on the process for the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria Control and Elimination (2016–2025).

Policy statements, position statements, and guidelines that arise from the MPAC meeting conclusions and recommendations will be formally issued and disseminated to World Health Organization Member States by the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme.

Keywords:
WHO; Malaria; Policy making; Treatment efficacy; Fever; Surveillance; Standards; Mosquito control; Malaria vaccines; Resource allocation; Disease elimination; Pregnancy; Prevention