The Medical Research Council and the city of Durban are to host the 2013 6th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan African Conference (MIM).
The Medical Research Council in close collaboration with the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and the Durban International Convention Centre formulated the winning bid for this prestigious medical conference. “MIM is a scientific malaria conference that brings together some 1,800 leading researchers, activists, health workers, public health officials and policymakers every three to four years” said an elated Prof Rajendra Maharaj, the Director of the Malaria Research Unit of the Medical Research Council in Durban. “We believe that this is a fitting testament to the research work of the Malaria Research Unit of the MRC.
For example researchers affiliated to the MRU discovered the two main causes of the 2000 KwaZulu-Natal malaria epidemic. This was pyrethroid resistance and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine resistance. Based on data from these studies, insecticide and drug policies were changed in KwaZulu-Natal which has resulted in a sustained decline in malaria transmission. Another research highlight of the MRU has been its involvement in the successful implementation of a cross-border malaria initiative, of the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative (LSDI)”.
“MIM is the world’s largest gathering of the malaria community, and occurs every three to four years. We expect this conference and exhibition to have an economic impact well in excess of R18-million on the Durban and KwaZulu-Natal economy”, said James Seymour the Chief Executive Officer of the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau. “The securing of this event is also an important indicator of the value of the support which the Durban Convention Bureau in conjunction with the Durban International Convention Centre can provide in preparing a winning bid.
MIM 2013 represents the 26th winning bid that the recently established Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau has facilitated together with its strategic partners in securing for the city of Durban and the province of KwaZulu-Natal”. “The ICC looks forward to hosting this prestigious conference in 2013.
Securing this conference is a further example of Durban ICC’s reputation as Africa’s leading conference and meetings venue. We are particularly excited to be hosting an increasing number of medical and scientific conferences. In the last three years the Durban ICC has secured 40 international association conferences. More associations are seeing the advantage of hosting association conferences in Durban as the city is able to present cutting-edge content matter in both first and third world socio-economic contexts. In addition the Durban ICC is able to provide world class facilities which meet any organiser’s requirements, ensuring a great conferencing experience.” said Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer of the Durban ICC.