The Fourth Institution-based Network on China-Africa Cooperation for Malaria Elimination (INCAM) Meeting was successfully held in Haikou, Hainan

On November 17, 2022, the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention NIPD) held the 4th Institution-based Network on China-Africa Cooperation for Malaria Elimination (INCAM) Meeting in Haikou, Hainan Province. China is the initiator of this cooperative network, which aims to promote the exchange of malaria situation and challenges, share experiences and technologies among the network member countries and relevant international partners, and promote China-Africa anti-malaria cooperation building on the INCAM platform.

     Combining online and offline channels, the meeting invited about 30 experts and representatives from INCAM members including Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Sudan, South Africa, Cameroon and Côte dIvoire, as well as domestic and foreign partners such as the WHO Global Malaria Programme, the Special Programme for Training and Research in Tropical Diseases and Peking University to attend the conference. The meeting was co-chaired by Zhou Xiao-Nong, Director of NIPD, Xu Ming, Director of the Department of Global Health, School of Public Health of Peking University, and Dr. Busiku Hamainza, Acting Director of the National Malaria Elimination Center of Zambia, and Dr. Maru Aregawi, Senior Scientist of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.

     At the opening ceremony, Director Shi Ying of the Department of Science, Education and International Affairs of the National Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Maru Aregawi of the World Health Organization delivered welcome speeches. Director Shi Ying pointed out that China has successfully passed the WHO malaria elimination certification in 2021, which has made an important contribution to the global malaria elimination and human health. We will continue to actively participate in the global malaria elimination campaign, and hope that through this meeting, we can further unite the strengths of China-Africa countries, relevant international organizations and other partners, rely on the China-Africa Malaria Control Cooperation Project, continue to strengthen cooperation and exchange in the field of malaria prevention and control, share prevention and control and treatment experiences, deepen cooperation in areas such as scientific research and capacity building of professionals, and actively explore China-Africa health cooperation models and working mechanisms.

     In the keynote presentation session, Dr. Takele Teklu from the University of Wolaita-Sodo, Ethiopia, and Dr. Moses Okpeku from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, gave keynote presentations on the progress and challenges of malaria control in their respective countries; Assistant Researcher Ding Wei from the Center for Global Health, NIOD, introduced the framework indicators for distilling Chinas experience in fighting malaria. In the panel discussion, experts from the WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Special Programme for Training and Research in Tropical Diseases presented the background, objectives, implementation framework and latest progress of the China-United Nations Peace Development Fund-supported "Strengthening Malaria Surveillance and Response Capacity in African Countries" project, which aims to integrate the findings of the China-Tanzania Pilot Project on Malaria Control “1,7-malaria Reactive Community-based Testing and Response " strategy 17-mRCTR strategy to Zambia, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Afterwards, Dr Wang Duoquan from the Center for Global Health, NIPD, introduced the study protocol of the China-Tanzania Pilot Project on Malaria Prevention and Control in detail, followed by a focused discussion on the roadmap to expand 17-mRCTR strategy to Africa.

     In the conclusion of the meeting, Dr Lv Shan from the Center for Global Health, NIPD, said he expected INCAM to become a platform for exchanging anti-malaria experiences, technologies and products between China and Africa, to promote the Belt and Road initiative and the China-Africa Health Initiative, helping African countries to accelerate malaria control and treatment and the building of a community of common health for mankind.