The Ashgabat Statement: countries commit to preventing the re-establishment of malaria transmission in the Region

The WHO European Region was declared malaria-free on 20 April 2016. Following this milestone, 10 countries at risk of malaria reintroduction – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – reaffirmed their commitment to control malaria importation, prevent the re-establishment of local transmission and rapidly contain any resurgence of the disease. This commitment forms the Ashgabat Statement.

The Ashgabat Statement on Preventing the Re-establishment of Malaria Transmission in the WHO European Region is the next important step on the road from malaria control to malaria elimination, and on towards the prevention of re-establishment.