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China applies to WHO for malaria elimination certification
China applies to WHO for malaria elimination certification. Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, December 11 (Reporter Tian Xiaohang) Li Bin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, recently stated that China has formally applied to the World Health Organization for national malaria elimination certification.
The reporter learned from the Institute for Parasitic Disease Prevention and Control of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention that the institute, Harvard University and the World Health Organization in the United States have recently jointly held an international webinar on “From 30 million to zero cases: China’s experience helps African countries eliminate malaria” . Li Bin said in a video link to attend the meeting that the Chinese government attaches great importance to malaria prevention and control. Since 2017, there have been no reports of local primary malaria infections for nearly four consecutive years. In November 2020, it has formally applied to the WHO for national malaria elimination certification. .
The WHO certification standard for malaria elimination is that a country has proved that the local transmission chain of malaria has been interrupted in that country for three consecutive years. In addition, the country must establish a national surveillance system that can quickly detect and respond to malaria cases, and at the same time formulate an effective plan to prevent the recurrence of malaria.
As a major global infectious disease, malaria has always threatened human health, and it was once widespread in our country. According to data recently released by WHO, an estimated 229 million cases of malaria occurred globally in 2019 and an estimated 409,000 deaths.
Li Bin said that in the long-term battle with malaria, China has discovered and extracted artemisinin from Chinese herbal medicines, accumulated and summed up many good experiences and practices, and contributed to the global malaria prevention and control work. China has established a national malaria and other infectious disease network reporting system and a malaria laboratory testing network, improved the malaria vector monitoring and malaria resistance monitoring system, formulated a work strategy of “tracking clues, counting and pulling out the source”, and explored and summarized malaria reports The “1-3-7” work model of investigation and disposal and the “3+1 line of defense” in border areas. Among them, the “1-3-7” work model, as a global malaria elimination work model, was formally written into the technical documents of the WHO and promoted and applied globally.
The reporter also learned from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Parasitic Diseases that China is exploring genetic technology to assist intelligent decision-making and applying new genetic epidemiological methods to promote the surveillance of malaria elimination. The institute has established academic partnerships with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Harvard Broad Institute, and is committed to sharing experiences in the application of new genetic technologies with countries through cooperation mechanisms such as the “Belt and Road Initiative”.
Li Bin said that in the next step, the National Health Commission will strengthen cooperation with African countries on malaria as an important part of China-Africa health cooperation.