Malaria in Africa: What's next?
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease caused by the protozoan parasite – Plasmodium. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) World Malaria Report 2020, in 2019, there were ~229 million malaria cases in 87 malaria endemic countries. (1) Of these cases, ~215 million (94%) were in the WHO African Region. With funding received from the King's College London ODA Seed Partnership Fund, Dr Raimi-Abraham curated a two-day multidisciplinary meeting on the 29th and 30th of October 2019 which discussed malaria and its emerging resistance in Africa with a particular focus for the meeting on Nigeria and Ghana. The event was split into two days with the first day focused on “identifying the current problem” and the second day focused on “pathways to impact”. Delegates and speakers from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana as well as from the Commonwealth Secretariat, Public Health England, Malaria Consortium and Mott Macdonald attended the event.
The event was also acknowledged by the Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) at the time Andrew Stephenson MP.