Swiss Malaria Group Event: World Malaria Day

April 25, 2016
Bern, Switzerland

The Swiss Malaria Group marked the occasion of World Malaria Day 2016 in Bern. The group informed the public about the commitment of the Swiss Malaria Group Association in the fight against malaria and about the devastation still caused by malaria in the world.

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Full Programme



13:30 – Welcome by Mayor of Bern, Alexander Tschäppät

  • Greetings by the President of the National Council, Christa Markwalder
  • Inauguration of World Malaria Day Installation with participation of all guests and general public

14:00 – Signing Ceremony of the Bern Malaria Declaration


Symposium Session 1

15:00 – Welcome15:15 – Opening – video message15:30 – Presentations – The final push against malaria16:00Keynote: People power against malaria: How to ensure people support malaria control and access to treatment

  • State Councillor Philippe Perrenoud, Canton of Bern, President of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Health
  • Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, WHO
  • Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and NTDs
  • Manuel Sager, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Dr Elizabeth Chizema, Director of Disease Control, Surveillance and Research, Zambia Ministry of Health


Symposium Session 2

16:40Panel Discussion: Strengthening the supply chain of malaria control

  • Dr Linus Igwemezie, Head, Novartis Malaria Initiative
  • Prof Dr Marcel Tanner, President Swiss Academy for the Natural Science SCNAT, Director emeritus Swiss TPH
  • Dr Hans-Rudolf Herren, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate (2013), President Biovision


More information: Swiss Malaria Group Website