Godrej Group held a first of its kind conclave to discuss partnerships and steps to make India a malaria-free country by 2030 in Mumbai on August 3rd. The company launched the event in partnership with Vector Control Research Center (VCRC) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Godrej ONE. Among the attendees were people from government and private sector, academia and several NGO’s.
The discussion during the event was on Partnerships and Collaborations towards achieving malaria-free India. Conversations and discussion throughout the conclave included current challenges India faces and ways to leverage the lessons from the past, further expanding partnerships and responsibilities to make ‘Malaria-free India’ a reality moving towards the future.
The discussion included renowned personalities; Prof. Dr. Sabesan, VCRC and Shireen Mistree, India Health Fund, Tata Trusts. Joined by, Dr. Anup Anvikar, NIMR and Neeraj Jain, PATH and Vivek Gambhir, Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. The entire panel was moderated by Indrajit Gupta, Director and Co-founder, Founding Fuel.
Key highlight from the Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group opening speech “Malaria continues to be one of the most significant public health issues confronting India today, with about 1.5 million new cases detected every year. And, the goal to make India a malaria-free country by 2030.”
To sum up, key facts which were put forth about the stats of Malaria in India was something to focus on –
• India has the highest malaria burden in APAC region with around 1BN people at risk
• Around 10 lakh cases of malaria being reported every year
• 70% of the cases are in India in the South-East Asia region
• And over 80% of the population lives in ‘malaria transmission high-risk’ areas
Concluding, event was to take steps to eliminate malaria from the country by 2030. With National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) and Global Technical Strategy for Malaria being the key partners. Thus, improving substantial public health in the country like india.