Speech of Dr. Tedla Mezemir devoted to the World Malaria Day
Mr. Mirzoev, distinguished guests, friends and colleagues in the fight against malaria.
Today we are celebrating World Malaria day I believe that we shall have a chance to share obtained experiences in implementation of integrated malaria control activities and support each other in efforts to eliminate malaria.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Ministry of Health, the Republican Tropical Diseases Centre for organizing of this event, which is conducted with the financial support of the United Nations Development Programme, within the implementation of grants allocated by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Malaria continues to threaten almost 40% of world population. Every year around 500 million people suffer of malaria and over a million children die from this disease.
Over the last fourteen years, Tajikistan has achieved a remarkable success in malaria control initiatives, by decreasing the number of malaria cases reported reached its peak in 1997, when nearly 30,000 cases were registered. However, in the last six years, the reported malaria cases have significantly reduced from 3,588 cases in
2004 to 78 in 2011. In the last ten months of 2012, 33 malaria cases were registered in the country.
I sincerely believe that this success was possible thanks to the political commitment of the Government of Tajikistan, leadership of MoH and support of international community. I am proud that UNDP and the Global Fund have significantly contributed to this success.
UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan became a Principal Recipient for two GFATM malaria grants, implementation of which began in 2006. Significant project achievements included - expanded access to early and reliable diagnosis; provision of anti-malaria treatment in malaria-affected areas; creation of a rapid response capability to cope with emergency
situation; vector control interventions in the malaria endemic zones; and research and training for medical staff on malaria related issues at all levels.
Successful implementation of malaria control programme during 2005-2008 and sudden decrease in the number of malaria cases determined future focus of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) on further reduction of malaria cases by interrupting local transmission which eventually will lead to malaria elimination in Tajikistan.
Today, I would like to thank all participating colleagues for their presence in this World Malaria Day as elimination of malaria in the Region is possible only through joint efforts. Today we have opportunity to share experiences and join efforts to protect all people at risk of the disease through delivering malaria interventions and to pave the way towards complete elimination of malaria by 2015.
I believe that in the near future the Region will be a malaria free zone and will successfully address other global challenges.
Once again thank you very much for your participation! All the best!!!