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South Wharf to host malaria congress

05 May 2016

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By Nicholas Li

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will hold an inaugural congress in a bid to jumpstart the global fight against malaria.

Eradicate Malaria 2018 will be held from February 18 to 22 in 2018. A number of international experts will contribute at the event, including scientists, government representatives, policy makers and those directly affected by the disease.

Congress co-chair Prof Alan Cowman said that, despite a decline in the malaria’s global impact, greater attention was required.

“Whilst there has been tremendous progress, there are many obstacles that have slowed down the progress of eradicating malaria,” he said. “This inaugural conference is essential to strengthen the efforts required to eliminate this terrible disease.”

The other co-chair, Prof Brendan Crabb, said the congress would fill a void in international efforts.

“There are currently no conferences around the world that address malaria holistically from research at the molecular level, to transitional drug discoveries and the implementation in the field, to policy development, funding and advocacy. Ambitious as it is, we hope to achieve all that with Eradicate Malaria 2018,” he said.

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