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Elizabeth Chizema, Director, National Malaria Elimination Centre, Zambia
Irene Koek, Acting U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative
Rajesh Mirchandani, Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development (moderator)
Peter Salama, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization
Rebecca Martin, Director of the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Patrick Kachur, Chief of the Malaria Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation (moderator)
Bernard Nahlen, Deputy Coordinator, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative
Stefan Swartling Peterson, Associate Director, Chief of Health Section, Programme Division, UNICEF
Regina Rabinovich, President-elect, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
With support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and additional commitments from other multilateral and bilateral donors, millions of people have benefited from protective measures and been diagnosed and treated for malaria since 2006. PMI’s efforts have lessened the historic toll that malaria has placed on health systems. This foundation of progress lays the groundwork for further accelerating progress in malaria control to ultimately achieve the long-term sustainable public health outcome – malaria elimination.
This event will serve as an opportunity to discuss and celebrate the launch of a special supplement to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that reports on nine new contributions on the impact of malaria control interventions. Specifically, the articles document the success of various malaria control efforts (including the causal link between malaria intervention scale-up and reductions in malaria morbidity and mortality) and new methods for evaluating the impact of large-scale malaria control programs. Taken together, the articles represent a conceptual and practical framework for planning and executing a new generation of impact evaluations, with possible applications to other health conditions in low-resource settings.
Indian agriculture remains vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, and the looming threat of climate change may expose this vulnerability further. Using district-level data on temperature, rainfall and crop production, Siddharth Hari’s paper first documents a long-term trend of rising temperatures, declining average precipitation and increase in extreme precipitation events. One key finding is that the impact of temperature and rainfall are felt only in the extreme: when temperatures are much higher, rainfall is significantly lower, and the number of “dry days” greater is than normal. He also finds that these impacts are significantly more adverse in unirrigated areas (and hence rainfed crops) compared to irrigated areas. Can policy makers react to the challenges of climate change and find ways to get “more crop for every drop?"
Estimating intergenerational mobility in developing countries is difficult because matched parent-child income records are rarely available and education is measured very coarsely. In particular, there are no established methods for comparing educational mobility for subsamples of the population when the education distribution is changing over time.
In their recent paper, Sam Asher and coauthors present new methods and new administrative data to overcome this gap, and study intergenerational mobility across groups and across space in India. They find that the intergenerational mobility for the population as a whole has remained constant since liberalization, but cross-group changes have been substantial. Rising mobility among historically marginalized "Scheduled Castes" is almost exactly offset by declining intergenerational mobility among Muslims, a comparably sized group that has few constitutional protections. These findings contest the conventional wisdom that marginalized groups in India have been catching up on average. The paper also explores heterogeneity across space, generating the first high-resolution geographic measures of intergenerational mobility across India, with results across 5600 rural subdistricts and 2300 cities and towns.
AidEx is a two day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for aid & development professionals to meet, source, supply and learn. AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.