India committed to eliminating Malaria by 2030: Nadda

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 11, 2016

Stating that India stood committed to eliminating Malaria by the year 2030, Health & Family Welfare Minister J. P. Nadda today launched the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-2030.
“This framework has been developed with a vision to eliminate malaria from the country and contribute to improved health and quality of life and alleviation of poverty,” the Minister said.
The NFME document clearly defines goals, objectives, strategies, targets and timelines and will serve as a roadmap for advocating and planning malaria elimination in the country in a phased manner. Necessary guidance is expressed for rolling out the strategies and related interventions in each State/UT as per respective epidemiological situation, he added.
Health & Family Welfare Secretary B. P. Sharma highlighted the importance of the segmented approach in tackling the issue. 
Eliminating malaria will result in cutting down on expenditure on diseases control programme, and help in reducing out-of-pocket expenditure too, he said.
India has sturdy health systems with trained manpower, and the learning from the Polio and elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus will help in eliminating Malaria, he said. While diagnostic kits and medicines were available everywhere, the delivery mechanism has to be streamlined for better outcome, he added.
Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) Envoy, stated that the launch of the document demonstrates renewed commitment and strategic thinking on India’s part, and is a significant effort for the malaria elimination efforts and goals of the region and globally also. She highlighted the importance of community mobilization and sustenance of momentum of efforts. The elimination will produce multiple benefits, she said, adding that it will help to build systems to fight other mosquito-borne illnesses also.
The importance of this effort for Asia Pacific region was echoed by Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, SEARO, WHO. She emphasized that investment on malaria control and prevention activities will result in almost 20 times gains in reducing healthcare cost in addition to bringing down the burden of diseases. 
Acknowledging India’s leadership in the region in the health sector, Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) congratulated India on its various successes in the health sector. India’s efforts in eliminating Malaria was key to the global efforts in this direction, he added.