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Jimma University with National Malaria Program of Ministry of Health jointly organized a workshop

 

Jimma University with National Malaria Program of Ministry of Health jointly organized a workshop that was supported by WHO/TDR on 15 November 2021 at Capital Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on “Safe and Effective Use of Antimalarial Treatment for Transmission Blockage and Radical Cure towards Malaria Elimination in Ethiopia: Evidences for Policy

The workshop was attended by 25 in person and 15 virtual participants from National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) of the Ministry of Health, national, regional and international researchers and MSC and PhD students, and key national and international malaria stakeholders. 

Dr. Daniel Yilma, lead organizer of the workshop from Jimma University, started the workshop by welcoming Mr. Mebrahtom Haile, National Malaria Program Manager at Ministry of Health, Ethiopia and all the invited speakers, moderators and in person and virtual attendees to the workshop. He explained that the main aim of the workshop is for evidence dissemination to strengthen the policy and guideline on safe and effective radical cure and transmission blocking antimalarial treatment implementation in Ethiopia. He described the workshop is also designed to create a platform for collaboration, scientific dialogue and linking malaria researchers with policy makers and implementers. He informed that the workshop is organized jointly by Jimma University and Ministry of Health (MOH) and supported by WHO/TDR and Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO)/ Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) teams in Menzies school of health research and University of Cape Town.

Mr. Mebrahtom Haile, the National Malaria Program Manager at MOH, officially opened the workshop. Mr. Mebrahtom mentioned on his opening speech that Ethiopia commenced using Primaquine for radical cure of malaria long time ago. However, it was interrupted for 15 years in between for unknown reason and reintroduced in the guideline in 2018. He indicated that the health system is not still using primaquine and implementing the radical cure and transmission blocking treatment as expected despite the drug is known to be effective and national malaria program has made the drug available and incorporated it on the guideline. Mr. Mebrahtom shared his expectation of the workshop that it will contribute to solve this health system challenge using the available evidences. He also expressed that NMEP is very glad to take the outcome of the workshop as input for strengthening its policy and malaria guideline on radical cure and transmission blocking treatment. He finally acknowledged Jimma University, Dr. Daniel Yilma and all stakeholders for organizing this important and timely workshop and all the participants for coming and finalized his speech wishing fruitful deliberations.

Jimma University Clinical Trial Unit showed videos of two witnesses who had been affected by frequent malaria illness in Ethiopia. The witnesses described how very frequent malaria illness affected their life and radical cure treatment improves their health. Dr. Daniel Yilma highlighted the messages from the video and emphasized the importance of designing a safe and effective radical cure based on strong evidences for its wider implementation in Ethiopia.

The scientific presentation started with two presentations on the impact of radical cure and transmission blocking treatment for malaria elimination at global and regional level and moderated by Dr. Samuel Girma, USAID/PMI. The Challenges in Plasmodium vivax malaria elimination was presented by Dr. Kamala Ley-Thriemer and Prof. Ric Price, Menzies school of health research and Single low dose Primaquine for transmission blocking – to advance elimination was presented by Prof. Karen Barnes,  University of Cape Town. The second session was on monitoring safety of Primaquine and Tafenoquine at national level and moderated by Dr. Wondwossen Amogne, Addis Ababa University. Four scientific presentations on G6PD epidemiology and point of care test in Ethiopia, pharmacovigilance tool for safety, safety of low dose and high dose in Ethiopia were consecutively presented by Mr. Wondimagegne Addisu, Jimma University, Dr. Daniel Yilma, Jimma University, Dr. Ayele Zewde, Addis continental and Dr. Adugna Woyessa, Ethiopian Public Health Institution respectively. The third session was on the real practice challenges in the implementation of radical cure and transmission blocking treatment in Ethiopia which was presented by Dr. Negash Seyoum, ICAP and the planned study on the feasibility of Tafenoquine implementation in Ethiopia was then presented by Mr. Asefaw Getachew , PATH  and the session was moderated by Prof. Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Jimma University. Final session was a round table discussion to provide input to strengthen the policy and guideline on radical cure and transmission blocking based on the available evidences. Discussion was made in two groups that were facilitated by Dr Tamiru Shiberu, Arba Minch University and Dr Mekonnen Teferi, Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) and summary of report presented and discussed in the whole group.

Finally, Dr. Daniel Yilma acknowledged Ministry of Health and NMEP team, IDDO/WWARN teams from Menzies school of Health research and University of Cape Town for all their time and unreserved support in organizing the workshop and WHO/TDR for the opportunity and the financial support to organize the workshop. He also acknowledged the speakers and moderators for their time and also for enlightening presentations and effective facilitation, all in person and virtual attendees for their input and their attendance on the workshop and finally all Jimma University members who contributed for the success of the workshop.

Dr Kebede Etana from Ministry of Health began the closing remark with acknowledging Jimma University, the entire in person and virtual speakers, moderators and attendees and all the stakeholders. Then he indicated that the workshop was timely while the NMEP is preparing to revise the national malaria guideline and he found the workshop very successful with very strong evidence based output and emphasized the importance of the workshop report for updating national malaria guideline with regard to radical cure and transmission blocking treatment. He finally closed the workshop wishing a safe journey for those who travelled out of Addis Ababa. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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