Russian Federation helps strengthen malaria surveillance across Regions

E. Morozov

Participants of the 6th international advanced course on malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation in the Russian Federation

On 5-26 June 2013, in collaboration with Russian Federation institutes, WHO conducted the 6th international advanced course on malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation at the Martzinovski Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine. Upon completion, 13 participants from WHO Regional Offices for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region developed recommendations on improving current malaria surveillance systems in their respective countries.

The course curriculum consisted of lectures and practical sessions with the goal of training participants on advanced malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of anti-malaria measures and on methods of surveillance, including use of geographic information system (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), geographical reconnaissance (GR) and mapping in malaria stratification.

On World Malaria Day 2012, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said, “As the malaria burden goes down, new challenges arise, including the need to step up surveillance for cases.” The Martzinovski Institute, established in 1921, has stepped up through the planning, implementation and evaluation of the malaria programme eradication in the USSR. Since then, it has played a key role in the maintenance of malaria free status through well developed and highly efficient malaria surveillance/vigilance systems.

Previously from 2009 – 2012 the annual WHO-Russian Federation International Course on advanced malaria surveillance resulted in training of 61 malaria managers from Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Central African Republic, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, DPR Congo, Zaire, Senegal, Togo, Cape de Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Oman, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Niger, Rwanda, and Zambia. A total of 15 malaria workers had been trained from several countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Next course

The next course on malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation will be held from 26 August - 13 September 2013. It will gather experts on Malaria surveillance from CIS countries.