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Strengthen surveillance at the regional level to eliminate malaria: WHO

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COUNTRIES which are working in consultation with WHO to develop the Regional Action Plan for Malaria Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific (2010-2015) has call for commitment from member states and partners to strengthen the surveillance and evaluation at the regional level to eradicate malaria.

WHO liaison officer in Honiara Dr William Krow made the call during the world malaria day held in the capital last Friday.

Mr Krow said commitment is needed from all member countries to eliminate malaria in the western pacific region.

The action plan for malaria control and elimination in the western pacific (2010-2015) was endorsed by the Regional Committee for the western pacific in September last year.

Dr Krow said this effort will require the efficient collection, analysis and dissemination of data to inform national malaria programmes and decision-makers.

“Malaria elimination in the Solomon Islands is feasible however it will require continual action by all sectors and stakeholders,” he said.

He said WHO is advocating for renewed government commitment and better coordination amongst multiple partners and technical collaboration.

He further stated that the Rotary club in Solomon Islands is ready to join WHO and other partners to make the implementation of the action-pan a success.

Dr Krow said the club has established Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) with distribution of insecticide impregnated bed-nets to reduce malaria in the Solomon islands.

BY TRIXIE CARTER