Malawi participated in the sub-regional meeting held to validate the planning tool for malaria vaccine decisions in Eastern and Southern Africa. In addition, Malawi has created a country-specific framework.
In 2008, a meeting was held in Lilongwe to brief participants on ongoing efforts to develop malaria vaccines and to discuss the country-specific framework for decisions. A second stakeholder meeting was held in 2009.
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A February 6–7, 2013, meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, updated stakeholders on global progress with malaria vaccine development and local progress with planning for decisions on future malaria vaccine introduction. The meeting was held in the context of the planning tool for malaria vaccine decisions that a number of African countries have signed on to.
Meeting participants included representatives from the Ministries of Health, Planning, and Finance. Others represented included research institutions, health-related professional bodies, and nongovernmental organizations.
Dr. Charles Mwansambo, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, assured stakeholders of the government’s commitment to malaria control, noting the tremendous efforts being made in this area. Malawi now has one long-lasting insecticide-treated net for every two people—aided in large part by the distribution of more than five million of these nets in 2012. Dr. Mwansambo emphasized the need to prepare for concrete and credible directions on how a first malaria vaccine may be best implemented in the country.
The meeting recommended more regular updates on progress around malaria vaccine development in the interest of timely policy decisions once a first vaccine becomes available.