Cross-border coordination meeting on malaria between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, 11–13 October 2010, Kurgan-Tube

To solve common problems associated with malaria, cross-border cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan needs strengthening and further development. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan with technical and financial support from WHO/Europe and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Its main purpose was to discuss strategic plans for malaria control and elimination in areas on the Tajikistan–Afghanistan border, which included:

  • reviewing progress and exchanging experience in implementing programmes to control and eliminate malaria;
  • reviewing practical approaches to conducting these programmes and identifying problems in their implementation, particularly in border areas;
  • developing a joint plan to synchronize antimalarial activities in border areas; and
  • adopting a statement to strengthen joint efforts to combat and eliminate malaria, as well as keeping areas malaria free.

The new regional and national strategies being implemented aim to interrupt malaria transmission by 2015 and eliminate it from all affected countries. Elimination work will pay particular attention to situations where there is a risk of malaria spreading across national borders. Successful cross-border cooperation currently exists between Georgia and Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, and Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.