Working towards a malaria-free Southern Africa
Committed to malaria elimination by 2030
Eight countries in southern Africa are pushing the boundaries of what many have considered impossible: the elimination of malaria. African Heads of State have called for the elimination of malaria transmission throughout Africa. These eight countries are leading the way for the African continent, demonstrating that elimination is possible in continental sub-Saharan Africa. Eight countries - Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have formed a partnership, the Elimination 8, to collaborate across borders for the attainment of this bold goal by 2030.
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To enable and accelerate zero local transmission in the four frontline countries by 2020 (and the second line countries by 2030) through the provision of a joint platform for collaboration and joint strategic programming.
Malaria Elimination in Southern Africa:
Recognizing that the progress or failure of one country’s efforts to eliminate malaria is connected to the success of other countries in the region, the Elimination 8 (E8) Regional Initiative was established to coordinate a collaborative effort across eight countries, to jointly plan and execute a regional malaria elimination strategy.
The E8 Regional Initiative is an unprecedented approach that aims to end transmission in the four low-transmission “frontline countries”—Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland—by 2020 and to pave the way for elimination in the four middle- to high-transmission “second line countries”—Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—by 2030. The E8 is a pioneering collaboration that provides a blueprint for other countries and regions seeking to eliminate malaria.
- Advocacy & Accountability
- Mobile & Migrant Populations
- Monitoring & Surveillance
- Policy Harmonization in the E8
Accountability is a central principle of the E8’s ambitious goal to eliminate malaria by 2030. The actions and decisions that are made in one country will have an impact on trends in other parts of the region, given the connected catchment areas that occur across borders.
Ministers of Health of the E8 countries form the E8 Ministerial Committee, which is designed to elevate malaria elimination as a national and regional priority. Attainment of malaria elimination requires bold and decisive policy action in order to prioritize national resources, to engage in diplomatic negotiation and negotiate terms of data-sharing with neighbouring countries, and to fast-track the introduction of innovative and progressive technologies that will make malaria elimination possible. The E8 Ministerial Committee – chaired by Hon. Sibgongile Ndlela Simelane of Swazilandby the Minister of each of the member states on a rotating basis – advocates for technical policy changes in their countries as well as among the global network of malaria partners.
As the SADC region becomes increasingly integrated, there is now an unprecedented volume of travellers human traffoc across the region’s borders. Mobile and migrant populations (both regular and irregular migrants)Migrants – both regular and irregular - who travel easily across the region’s porous borders and facilitate the movement of malaria parasites, thus posing a significant challenge to malaria elimination.
Through thee E8, countries are able to collaborate on policy harmonization to address migration and the risk of importation across borders, while upholding principles of cross-border economic cooperation and migrant right to health. is embarking on the implementation ofThrough this regional collaboration, a series of mobile health care clinics are strategically located across the sub-region’s borders, aiming to expand access to rapid diagnosis and treatment of the mobile and migrant population, thus stemming containing the movement of malaria transmission across borders. This innovative project will address the persistent issue of cross-border malaria transmission and increase the proportion of cases that are timeously detected in order to drain the reservoirs of infectious parasites that contribute to ongoing transmission in countries aiming to eliminate.
Disease intelligence is central to the region’s effort to eliminate malaria. As the malaria patterns extend across national borders, it is important that countries extend their surveillance activities to include information about transmission beyond their own borders.
E8 countries have committed to sharing of disease transmission patterns and harmonization of surveillance systems in order to develop regional-level analyses on malaria transmission and outbreak risks. A regional surveillance platform capable of assessingexpands the data available to countries and the value of the data, using regional patterns to assess cross-border trends, outbreak risks, and to enhance data for decision-making.