Remarks by WHO Viet Nam at the launching ceremony on propagating "World Malaria Day 25 April 2022" in Quy Nhon city
|Dr. Mya Sapal Ngon - Medical Officer of WHO Representative|
Attending the launching ceremony on propagating "World Malaria Day 25 April 2022" in Quy Nhon city, Dr. Mya Sapal Ngon - Medical Officer of WHO Representative's Office to Viet Nam spoke about the purpose and meaning of World Malaria Day on April 25 and believed that Viet Nam could contribute to the innovation to end malaria.
Today, we commemorate World Malaria Day to highlight achievements in malaria control and continue to advocate global effort in reaching malaria elimination. This year, the theme is "Harness innovation to reduce the global malaria disease burden and save lives" which intends to underpin the critical role of innovation in the fight against malaria. The message encourages innovation in new tools and innovative ways of using currently available tools.
Globally, malaria continues to be a priority public health issue. In 2020, 241 million malaria cases were reported. In other words, 14 million more malaria cases and 69,000 more deaths were reported compared to the previous year.
Over the years, malaria control efforts have been greatly accomplished across the countries. However, the global accomplishment does not reach the milestones of Global technical strategy for malaria (2016-2030) till now. The global effort is further jeopardized by COVID 19 pandemic.
Today, the World Malaria Day, brings us together to reflect on our achievements and find the solutions to accelerate momentum and sustain the gains. This year's World Malaria Day theme is focused on innovation.
Dr. Mya Sapal Ngon - Medical Officer of WHO Representative's Office to Viet Nam in her speech at the ceremony.
Viet Nam has reported less than 500 malaria cases last year and is getting close to malaria elimination. This theme is very relevant to Viet Nam. As the country reports very few numbers of malaria cases and the cases become more localized in certain areas, the innovative methods for service delivery as well as for using currently available tools become necessary. We believe that Viet Nam can contribute to the innovation as the country has rich technical resources.
Malaria elimination is not only dependent on malaria service delivery, but it also linking it with a resilient and equitable health system. Strong health systems, and tailor the responses to the local context also play a critical role to further accelerate the malaria elimination agenda. WHO will continue to support Viet Nam on strengthening the surveillance system, capacity building, implementing concrete action across sectors, strengthening collaboration among agencies and technical partners and mobilizing resources to end malaria.
Participant to the launching ceremony