Wednesday, 4th July First Malaria World Congress 2018

7:30AM - 6:30PM
Goldfields Foyer
8:30AM - 10:00AM
Goldfields Theatre
Chair: Helen Evans

Video Presentation - Luis Moreno

10:00AM - 10:30AM
MWC Global Village

Malaria Melodies

Dr Rina Wong, Perth, Western Australia

As a musician-scientist, Dr Rina Wong has written a collection of songs to capture the ‘essence of science’ to engage and captivate listeners. As an early career malaria researcher and music team leader, she has presented her work and performed for audiences at numerous local and international forums. Rina has composed two original songs featuring malaria titled “Fight Against Malaria” and “Hail to Parasites”.

Fight Against Malaria”, was one of the finalist presentations at the inaugural 3-minute thesis at the University of Western Australia. A 90 seconds version of the song also features on the ABC catalyst website: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3429616.htm. “Fight Against Malaria” highlights the impact of malaria as a global issue and calls people together to join the fight as well as sharing a snippet of scientific contribution to the bigger fight. Fight Against Malaria begins with a melodic, solemn feel, which builds to a tribal, rhythmic call. 

Hail to Parasites” another original composition by Dr Rina Wong, was one of the edutainment highlights at the Australian Society of Parasitology 50th Anniversary conference gala dinner. It is a humorous take on how different types of parasites, including malaria, are seemingly gaining the upper hand in both developed and developing countries.  The song communicates how these fascinating little creatures are transmitted as well as some of the challenges faced by scientists and their passion to stay on top of the game. Hail to Parasites is a light-hearted musical performance in the style of Bohemian Rhapsody. The song is performed with simple props and action. The catchy chorus is ‘sung’ in English as well as using Auslan (Australian Sign Language), adding a message of inclusiveness, diversity, and richness to the piece.

10:30AM - 12:30PM
Goldfields Theatre
Chairs: Patricia Graves & Helen Saxenian

11:00AM Panel Discussion: "The future of health financing"
Facilitator: Dr Helen Saxenian

  • Dr Aparnaa Somanathan, World Bank - Integrating malaria financing into Universal Health Coverage
  • Ferdinando Regalia, InterAmerican Development Bank - Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative in Mesoamerica: accelerating the end of malaria through a result-based financing model
  • Dr Rima Shretta, University of California San Francisco and Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria AllianceTransitions from global financing mechanisms: Challenges for malaria elimination countries
  • Dr Susann Roth, Asia Development Bank - Asian Development Bank: More money alone won't meet malaria elimination targets
  • Dr Angela Micah, Institute for Health Metrics and EvaluationTrends in development assistance for health and for malaria: Implications for the future

10:30AM - 12:30PM
Eureka Room 1
Chair: Patricia Kelly

While significant advances towards malaria control have been made within the past decade, continued research and product development is needed to ensure progress towards elimination is maintained. Collaborative research projects – especially those involving international partners – are critical to advancing this urgently-needed malaria research and development (R&D).

BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and several leading pharmaceutical companies established the WIPO Re:Search consortium to accelerate drug, vaccine, and diagnostic development for malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by establishing cross-sector and trans-national research partnerships that allow for the sharing of intellectual property (IP). With funding from the Australian government, WIPO Re:Search Member scientists from East Africa and the Indo-Pacific have participated in collaborative research and training projects at Australian research institutes.

This session will showcase these collaborative projects and demonstrate how international collaboration not only advances malaria R&D, but also encourages the development of a global network of current and future malaria leaders. Session speakers will discuss the benefits of international collaboration, the importance of capacity-building programs in developing sustainable malaria control strategies, and how international R&D inspires new leaders in low- and middle-income countries in the field of malaria prevention.

Following their presentations, the session panelists will discuss with audience members the challenges and solutions of R&D in low-resource settings, the value of partnering with research institutes in malaria-endemic countries, and how to establish mutually-beneficial research collaborations.

Panel Discussion: "The challenges of R&D in low-resource settings, the value of partnering with research institutes in malaria-endemic countries, and how to establish mutually-beneficial research collaborations."
Facilitators: Amy Dietterich, World Intellectual Property Organization & Dr Cathy Manner, BIO Ventures for Global Health

Panelists:

  • Patricia Kelly, IP Australia
  • FITC hosts & Fellows

 

10:30AM - 12:30PM
MWC Global Village

The Malaria Mapathon is one of Global Health Alliance Melbourne’s initiatives, which uses digital platforms to map relevant infrastructure that informs better project design. At the Malaria World Congress, with support from University of Melbourne, congress participants will map project sites of “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies”, Burnet institute’s ground-breaking research and service delivery program in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Up-to-date maps are a critical resource that will assist malaria researchers and health workers to reach people who are affected with malaria in PNG.

Watch a short clip on the Malaria Mapathon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAcsCmvG2hs&t=0s&list=PLHtj0pb6F8G4HuZyHuByZhNLfVP9WpAbZ&index=6

Read more about Burnet Institute’s ‘Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ research program:https://www.burnet.edu.au/projects/149_healthy_mothers_healthy_babies 

If you are attending this session please remember to bring a laptop and mouse. Note to attend this session you must pre-register in advance as numbers are strictly limited. 

12:30PM - 1:30PM
MWC Global Village
12:40PM - 1:20PM
Eureka Room 2 & 3
Chairs: Louis Bernard Da Gama & Shreehari Acharya

Interactive session between civil society, government, development partners scientists and other interested parties on how to build an effective multi-stakeholder genuine commitment to malaria elimination agenda within the context of the SDGs with the need to meet goals for clean water sanitation nutrition education and ending poverty. Facilitated by Mr Louis de Gama and Mr Shree Acharya Malaria CSO Platform, Greater Mekong Region

1:30PM - 3:00PM
Meeting Room 109
Chairs: Michael Good & Scott Filler

Panel Discussion: "Challenges for investing in new tools and technologies for elimination and eradication"

Facilitator: Dr Scott Filler, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

  • Dr Umesh Shaligram, Serum Institute of India
  • Dr Michael Nissen, GSK International
  • Dr Geoffrey Dow, 60P Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Lutz Hegemann, Novartis
  • Dr Sabine Dittrich, FIND

3:00PM - 3:30PM
MWC Global Village
3:30PM - 5:30PM
Goldfields Theatre
Chair: John Reeder

Panel Discussion: "Meeting the challenges of malaria elimination & eradication"

  • Prof Lenore Manderson, Monash University
  • Helen Saxenian, Results for Development
  • Prof Sir Richard Feachem, University of California San Francisco
  • Joy Phumaphi, African Leaders Malaria Alliance
  • Dr Rainier Escalada, Pan American Health Organization

3:30PM - 5:30PM
MWC Global Village

The Malaria Mapathon is one of Global Health Alliance Melbourne’s initiatives, which uses digital platforms to map relevant infrastructure that informs better project design. At the Malaria World Congress, with support from University of Melbourne, congress participants will map project sites of “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies”, Burnet institute’s ground-breaking research and service delivery program in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Up-to-date maps are a critical resource that will assist malaria researchers and health workers to reach people who are affected with malaria in PNG.

Watch a short clip on the Malaria Mapathon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAcsCmvG2hs&t=0s&list=PLHtj0pb6F8G4HuZyHuByZhNLfVP9WpAbZ&index=6

Read more about Burnet Institute’s ‘Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ research program:https://www.burnet.edu.au/projects/149_healthy_mothers_healthy_babies 

If you are attending this session please remember to bring a laptop and mouse. Note to attend this session you must pre-register in advance as numbers are strictly limited. 

5:30PM - 5:45PM
5:45PM - 6:30PM
Meeting Room 109
Chair: Stephen Rogerson

Alinane Munyenyembe, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme

The Congress would like to acknowledge that the follow speaker is an Australia Awards Health Security Fellow:

  • Wang Nguitragool

6:30PM - 9:30PM
Sovereign Room
Chair: Norman Swan

Join us for a fun evening of entertainment, food and beverages as we put some of the leading industry experts across a range of sectors in the hot seat for a Q&A discussion to End Malaria. 
Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan, Producer and presenter of the Health Report

Panellists:

  • Maelle Ba, Speak Up Africa
  • Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 
  • Olivia Ngou Zangue, Deputy Director Africa, Malaria No More
  • Sherwin Charles, CEO and Co-Founder of Goodbye Malaria
  • Ric Price, Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research