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Announcement: MIM 2013 Conference open for applications

May 28, 2013 - 09:55 -- MalariaWorld Events

"Moving Towards Malaria Elimination: Investing in Research and Control"

The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Secretariat (MIMSec) at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaounde I, and the South African Medical Research Council (SA MRC) announces the 6th Pan African Malaria Conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM). The 6th MIM Conference, now open for applications and to members of the media, will be held from 6-11 October 2013 in Durban, South Africa.

Every three to four years, the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, organises the MIM Pan African Malaria Conference. Beginning in Dakar in 1997; Durban, South Africa 1999, Arusha, Tanzania 2002; Yaounde, Cameroon, 2005, and lately in Nairobi, Kenya 2009, the MIM conferences bring together over 2000 malaria researchers from across Africa and around the world to consider malaria research advances, how to more effectively employ or develop malaria-control strategies, and how to strengthen malaria research training activities. The conference also provides a unique opportunity for scientists, development agencies and health agencies to meet and discuss research required to underpin the control of malaria and build research capacity in Africa.

MIM is an international alliance of research and public health agencies and African scientists established in 1997 in Dakar, Senegal, at the first Pan-African Malaria Conference. MIM's objectives are to stimulate and support collaborative research to address the needs of public health programs in malaria-endemic countries and to strengthen research capacity in malaria-endemic countries. The South African Medical Research Council, which won the bid to host the conference and the current MIM Secretariat at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaounde I, will organized the conference on behalf of the MIM partners.
 
With increasing access to life-saving malaria prevention and control measures, the number of estimated malaria cases and deaths are declining in areas at risk of malaria including in endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Although in 2010, malaria was the cause of an estimated 655,000 deaths worldwide, this figure actually represents a 5 per cent decrease from the 781,000 in 2009. Intensified research, development of new tools, increase international commitment and funding for malaria control activities have undoubtedly played a large part in this success. There is great optimism about controlling malaria to the point where it is no longer a public health problem. This represents a major paradigm shift especially as it would have been considered impossible a few years back.
 
However, despite these gains and advancements, there are worrisome signs: environmental changes, decrease funding for malaria control and research, resistance to insecticides and drugs and re-emergence of malaria  in areas that had reported a decline in previous years. Such concerns if not contained and effectively managed will jeopardize the current commitment to eliminate malaria providing grounds for serious epidemics in people of all ages, with rapid loss of the gains accrued. Securing and sustaining funding to finance malaria control, global research and the development of new tools is of paramount importance in achieving universal coverage and moving towards elimination.
 
Important dates:
  • First Call:  November 15, 2012
  • Second Call: March 30, 2013
  • End of Abstracts Submission: June 30, 2013
  • Travel Awards: July 30, 2013
  • Exhibition Registration Deadline: August 30, 2013
  • Delegate Registration deadline: September 5, 2013 Deadline September 5, 2013
 
Further developments about the conference will be disseminated progressively through our list serve and partners. For further details about attending the MIM conference, please contact: abanda@mimalaria.org