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Participation of Islamic Republic of Iran in Malaria E-2020 Global Forum

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Dr Seyed Mehdi Tabatabaei, Deputy for Public Health at Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, participated on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, in the second annual global forum on malaria-eliminating countries held in San José, Costa Rica from 11 to 13 June 2018. Dr Tabatabaei presented the progress and challenges of the Islamic Republic of Iran with regard to malaria elimination and in an exclusive interview for the Global Malaria Programme, highlighted the main strategies being undertaken to achieve the 2020 target of zero indigenous transmission of malaria. 
Dr S.M. Tabatabaei responds to questions in Islamic Republic of Iran’s malaria programme. Photo: WHO

Dr Seyed Mehdi Tabatabaei, Deputy for Public Health at Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, participated on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, in the second annual global forum on malaria-eliminating countries held in San José, Costa Rica from 11to 13 June 2018.

 

Dr Tabatabaei presented the progress and challenges of the Islamic Republic of Iran with regard to malaria elimination and in an exclusive interview for the Global Malaria Programme, highlighted the main strategies being undertaken to achieve the 2020 target of zero indigenous transmission of malaria.

 

The above mentioned global forum provided a platform for 21 malaria-eliminating countries of the WHO E-2020 initiative to share progress in working towards malaria elimination. Technical experts from the 21 countries, including Islamic Republic of Iran, highlighted the elimination advances and challenges since the inaugural global forum in March 2017.

 

On day one of the forum, Paraguay was officially certified free of malaria – the first among the E-2020 countries to attain elimination status. Dr Carlos Ignacio Morínigo, Minister of Health of Paraguay, accepted the certification on behalf of his government at a ceremony in honour of the country’s achievement.

 

More than 100 participants were in San José for this year’s meeting. This included representatives from the eliminating countries, officials of WHO and the Pan American Health Organization, as well as observers from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Foundation, USAID and Comisca, among others.

  
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