The government has launched a national framework for malaria elimination and also to bring improved health and quality of life, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. “The National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India (2016-2030) has been launched. This framework has been developed with a vision to eliminate malaria from the country and contribute to improved health and quality of life.
“The new framework encourages all States with different levels of malaria transmission to interrupt indigenous transmission of malaria in all States/UTs by WTO global target," Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said in a written reply.
Mr. Nadda said malaria elimination activities shall be taken up in the country by dividing the States under three categories based on Annual Parasite Incidence (API). This includes category one (elimination), category two (pre-elimination) and category three (intensified malaria control), with focus on area specific activities and stratification from macro to micro-level.
“The Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) have already been trained and provided rapid diagnostic test kits (RDT) for diagnosis of malaria," Mr. Nadda said. “The Draft National Health Policy 2015 envisages raising progressively the public health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of the GDP," he said.