In collaboration with ASTMH, Image Audiovisuals, and session presenters, MESA brings you this webcast from the 67th ASTMH annual meeting in New Orleans, October 2018
Title: “Molecular surveillance tools to advance progress against malaria”
Speaker: Dyann Wirth, The Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA, United States
Symposium 42: Alan J. Magill Malaria Eradication Symposium
October 29, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM, Sheraton – Grand Ballroom C (5th Floor)
This annual symposium honors the life and work of ASTMH Past President Alan Magill, who at the time of his untimely death in 2015 was promoting the bold goal of global malaria eradication in his role as the Malaria Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The symposium will bring together leaders in the malaria field to summarize the challenges and advances in areas of relevance to the malaria elimination and eradication effort. This year the symposium will focus on surveillance, a key pillar of the WHO Global Strategy for Malaria 2016-30, for surveillance generates the data for how we measure progress, understand patterns of transmission, identify risk areas for focused response, provides the evidence for elimination, and serves as the basis for planning the response needed to ensure that global goals are attained. The session will include an overview of the data and methods that underlie the WHO global malaria burden and trends; the role of modeling to support the targeting and combination of interventions; measurement in communities to target response; and use of molecular tools for surveillance to understand resistance. These talks will be followed by a panel discussion of challenges of bringing innovation to improve malaria surveillance as well as response to the emerging data on where malaria progress is advancing or stalling. Diverse viewpoints will be solicited from the panelists and audience.