Sep
20
2023

Malaria Vaccine in Malawi - joint Malawi Cross Party Group & Malawi All-Party Parliamentary Group

We heard updates from the University of Glasgow and colleagues in Malawi on progress with the Malaria vaccine in Malawi.

UK time 18:00 – 19:30 Malawi time 19:00 – 20:30
Location Scottish Parliament Building Committee Room

The SMP hosted a hybrid meeting from the Scottish Parliament and on Zoom where attendees heard updates from the University of Glasgow and colleagues in Malawi on progress with the Malaria vaccine in Malawi.

In 2021, Malawi’s President Chakwera launched the ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ campaign, joining the pan-African movement to strengthen local, national, and regional efforts towards a malaria-free Africa. In that year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that nearly half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, of which there are 247 million cases worldwide, causing an estimated 619 000 deaths. The WHO African Region was home to 95% of malaria cases, 96% of malaria deaths and children under 5 accounted for about 80% of all malaria deaths in the Region.

Speakers included:

Prof Mwapatsa Mipando, Associate Professor & former Principal, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
Dr Chris Moxon,
Clinical Senior Lecturer (Parasitology), University of Glasgow
Dr Dagmara McGuinness,
Research Associate (Parasitology), University of Glasgow
Prof Lilach Sheiner,
Professor (Parasitology), University of Glasgow
Lizzie Bridget Tchongwe Divala,
PhD student
Watipenge Harmony Nyasulu,
MSc student

The meeting also included the Group’s formal AGM- the following were re-elected:

Co-Convenors (currently held by Liam McArthur MSP, Alexander Stewart MSP and Alasdair Allan MSP)
Co-Vice Convenors
(currently held by Sarah Boyack MSP)
Secretary
(currently held by Stuart Brown, Interim CEO of the Scotland Malawi Partnership)

The formal meeting was followed by networking over a Malawi Gin&Tonic or Soft drinks.

Resources

Joint Malawi Cross Party Group (CPG) & All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malawi (APPG): The Malaria Vaccine in Malawi agenda.

Approved minutes of Malawi CPG on 17 May 2023

Please click here to view chat log.

UNICEF Press Release - 18 million doses of first-ever malaria vaccine allocated to 12 African countries for 2023–2025

The Malaria Vaccine in Malawi presented by The University of Glasgow and Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS)

Watch the video of the meeting here or by clicking on the Youtube image.