ICMR launched ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria from India by 2030.

ICMR launched ‘MERA India’ to eliminate malaria from India by 2030.

April 28, 2019.

With the advent of science and technology, India achieved vast success in the medical field. New inventions are carried to cure ailment diseases and new target are set to eradicate harmful diseases from society. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has launched the ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India’ – plan and scale up research to eliminate the malaria disease from India by 2030.

Dr. Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said, “The principal activity of the alliance is to prioritize, plan, conduct, scale up and translate relevant research in a coordinated and combinatorial way in order to have a tangible impact on the population who are at risk of malaria”.

Dr. Bhargava said, “Over the past two decades, India has made impressive progress in malaria control. The malaria burden has declined by over 80 percent, 2.03 million cases in 2000 to 0.39 million in 2018, and malaria deaths by over 90 percent, 932 deaths in 2000 to 85 in 2018”.

This success has provided a strong foundation for the commitment from the leadership of the government of India to eliminate malaria from India by 2030, said Dr. Bhargava. A comprehensive framework to achieve the overarching vision of “Malaria free India by 2030” has developed by the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) of India.

Dr. Bhargava said, “This situation highlights the need for a common platform and shared research agenda and resources through the establishment of the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India”.

He said that the alliance will facilitate trans-institutional coordination and collaboration around a shared research agenda which responds not only to programmatic challenges and addresses gaps in available tools but also proactively contributes to targeted research.

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said, “MERA India alliance is very important to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare because of the operational research. The WHO report has appreciated our research for the decline in malaria and it is time to ensure its elimination by 2030”.

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