Health Minister Hon. Dr Culwick Togamana along with the Director of Vector Borne Disease Control Program, Ministry of Health, Mr. Albino Bobogare arrived in New Delhi Sunday 23rd of April, for the Asia Pacific Leaders Conclave on Malaria Elimination.
The event scheduled for Monday 24th of April is co-hosted by the Government of India and the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) under the chairmanship of the Honourable Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya Ji.
Dr Togamana as guest of honour to the leaders conclave will be delivering remarks as part of the opening session along with Health ministers and representatives of participating countries.
Later in the day, panel discussion around elimination of Malaria will also be held which will touch on communities and groups at risk of malaria, policies and strategies implemented to strengthen outreach of malaria services and persistent challenges that needs to be addressed.
This year, the overarching goals of the Leaders’ Conclave are to reaffirm regional political commitment to eliminate malaria, focus attention on neglected and vulnerable communities in the fight against malaria and promote inter-sectoral collaboration to ensure a ‘whole of system’ buy-in towards malaria elimination by 2030.
The leaders conclave will provide a critical platform for senior officials to carry forward the malaria elimination agenda in the region.
Apart from the event, Dr Togamana is scheduled to have courtesy meeting with Dr Rajikumar Ranjan Singh, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs where it is expected that the ongoing work to finalize the health cooperation between Solomon Islands and India will be briefly discussed.
Health Minister and his Official will return on Sunday 30th April.