The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) announced its collaboration with Sun Pharma to initiate research for malaria eradication and other steps related to it. This is India’s first public-private-partnership agreement for a Malaria Free India and promoting preventive health measures. The malaria elimination demonstration programme will start in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh as MP along with five other states contributes 60 percent of malaria cases in India. Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said the agreement between ICMR and Sun Pharma reiterates India’s commitment to eliminate malaria.
It will take time of 3 to 5 years for public-private-partnership stakeholders to execute the malaria elimination programme. This private-public initiative is governed by six-point goals:
-demonstrating feasibility of malaria elimination in Mandla district of MP
-elimination of malaria-attributable deaths in infants, children and pregnant women
-to make Madla a malaria-free district
-strengthen and upgrade existing health systems
-Introduce mobile based surveillance and treating all malaria cases as per NVBDCP guidelines.
-Inform communities by using information, education and communication tools.
For all these six goals, e rapid diagnostic tests, prompt treatment of effective antimalarial drugs will be used for checking the feasibility of malaria elimination and prevention of its re-establishment.
This Malaria Free India initiative will also demonstrate health benefits of clean environment as envisioned by Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan initiative.