Malaria and COVID-19: country perspectives

The recent stalling of global progress on malaria has been further compounded by COVID-19. How can countries safely maintain essential malaria services during the pandemic? What actions are needed now to secure a strong footing for future success in tackling
malaria and other urgent health challenges?

Two virtual forums on 3-4 September,
co-hosted by WHO and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, took stock of the current situation in countries affected by both malaria and COVID-19, including successes, pain points, best practices and lessons learned. On day 1, participants heard from
country-based experts about the incredible work that has been done to maintain critical malaria services. Their shared insights formed the basis of discussions on day 2 with national and global health leaders. 

Prerecorded videos of the webinar

Video 1:

  • Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa
  • Dr Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
  • Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Uganda



Video 2:

  • Dr Jimmy Opigo, Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Dr Paola Marchesini, Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Dr Sovannaroth Siv, Ministry of Health, Cambodia
  • Dr Dorothy Achu, Ministry of Health, Cameroon
  • Dr Baltazar Candrinho, Ministry of Health, Mozambique



Video 3:

  • Dr Harriet Pasquale, Ministry of Health, South Sudan
  • Dr Neeraj Dhingra, Ministry of Health, India
  • Dr Mariam Adam, WHO, Sudan
  • Dr Helene Hiwat, Ministry of Health, Suriname
  • Dr Olugbenga Mokuolu, Ministry of Health, Nigeria



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