ICMR launched Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA)- India to eliminate malaria from India.
The annoucement was made at ICMR headquarters, New Delhi during a key discussion the roadmap of the alliance to be formed for eradicating malaria.
Indian Council of Medical Research has established ‘Malaria Elimination Research Alliance-India (MERA-India)’ which is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control. The principal activity of the alliance is to prioritise, plan, conduct, scale up and translate relevant research in a coordinated and combinatorial way in order to have a tangible impact of this research on the population at risk for malaria.
Over the past two decades, India has made impressive progress in malaria control. The malaria burden has declined by over 80 per cent (2.03 million cases in 2000 to 0.39 million in 2018) and malaria deaths by over 90 per cent (932 deaths in 2000 to 85 in 2018). This success has provided a strong foundation for the commitment from the leadership of the GoI to eliminate malaria in India by 2030. The National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) of India has developed a comprehensive framework to achieve the overarching vision of Malaria free India by 2030. The NVBDCP’s national strategic plan clearly recognises the critical role of research to support and guide malaria elimination efforts.