National Malaria Elimination Training workshop was held in Pu’er Yunnan Province, P.R. China
National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) organized the National malaria elimination training workshop, to understand World Health Organization (WHO) certificate procedure, review the malaria elimination progress and summarize the current obstacles as well as challenges of malaria elimination in all provinces, to make sure of the requirement of surveillance system for post-elimination stage. The workshop was held in Pu’er in Yunnan province on 16-17 April 2015. Lei Zheng-long Deputy Director General of Disease control Bureau, NHFPC, Xu Heping Counsel of Yunnan provincial health and Family Planning Commission and Yang Lin the Deputy Mayor of Pu’er attended the workshop and addressed opening remarks. The participants were including all the malaria elimination program managers from 31 provinces, the members of malaria expert advisory committee NHFPC and the staffs from Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) as well as National Institute of Parasitic Disease (NIPD).
During the workshop, the presentations about national malaria elimination progress, national malaria elimination assessment and evaluation plan and progress as well as the national malaria surveillance and response system and network were made respectively by the experts from malaria expert advisory committee NHFPC. The delegation of WHO was consisted of Drs. Richard Cibulskis from WHO headquarter, Eva Christophel from Western Pacific regional office, Walter Kazadi from ERAR regional Hub and Mikhail EJOV from South Eastern regional office. They not only introduced the global malaria technical strategies 2016-2030 and the WHO certification procedure of malaria elimination, but also shared the successful experience of malaria elimination in WHO European region. The progress and difficulties of malaria elimination at county and prefecture level as well as the needs for malaria surveillance in post elimination stage were shared by participants from each province respectively during plenary discussion.
After this workshop, the next steps of national malaria elimination program and the designation for national malaria surveillance network are cleared and ready to be moving forward heading to achieve malaria elimination in 2020.