The Prime Minister has assured the Malaria Summit in London that malaria in Vanuatu will be eradicated by 2028.
He labelled the Summit as taking place in a critical time when the global community focus is on international peace and security. “Malaria is however another form of threat to the health and livelihood of our people and therefore must remain as a priority on our agenda”, he said.
He assured the Summit that his government has implemented an ambitious malaria control and elimination programme. “One that has been carefully designed to also achieve broader health benefits through systems strengthening and extended cooperation programme”, he said.
His Government has pursued this vast programme of elimination of Malaria progressively throughout all the provinces in Vanuatu which include distribution of long-lasting nets countrywide. Access to diagnosis and treatment has been ensured in all health facilities.
He praised the effort supported by donor-partners, and by extensive community engagement, saying it has achieved remarkable results.
Last year, malaria elimination was achieved in most provinces, with no local cases since 2014; There have been great progress made in terms of the elimination programme with no deaths reported in Vanuatu since 2012.
The Prime Minister endorsed the APLMA (‘apple-mah’) Leaders Elimination Roadmap to reaffirm this commitment.
“With external funding declining, the conference today must make a new shared effort to eliminate malaria globally”, he added.
“We are committed to accelerating progress. However, for small island states like Vanuatu, we will continue to rely on strong support from partners like the Government of Australia and the Global Fund. We call for greater united effort and increased cooperation as together we will defeat malaria”.