Student Reporting from MIM Conference
5 November 2009
By Jessica Uno
Jessica Uno is winner of the World Briefing: Telling the Malaria Contest co-sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Malaria No More. Her winning essay earned her a trip to cover the MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference in Kenya and report back on the latest in the global effort to end malaria.
I am fortunate to be at this conference attending fascinating presentations and meeting so many incredible players in the malaria scene. The opportunity to learn about their experiences and motivations has taught me so much about malaria in just a few days. One of the first admirable individuals I interviewed was Caterina Capaccioli, head of Strategic Planning & Execution, Malaria Initiatives at Novartis. Caterina introduced me to the role that collaboration among different organizations — corporations, nonprofits, African ministries of health and others — have played in successfully reducing the malaria burden. For example, Novartis has worked closely with the Chinese government to develop effective innovations. Another example is the partnership between bed nets organizations like Malaria No More and those who produce and distribute antimalarial treatments, pairing prevention and treatment. One major advantage to such collaborations is the greater number of skills and resources available to unite against malaria. Combining unique specialties among partners is necessary when facing the constantly evolving malaria threat. A united front is much stronger and efficient than many individual efforts.
Jessica’s trip to Kenya was supported by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Malaria No More.
This blog entry was originally posted on Malaria No More’s Malaria Policy Center, which can be accessed here: http://malarianomore.org/blog/?p=1978.