New Delhi: India was conspicuous by its absence from the Malaria Summit in London alongside the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) despite having the third largest malaria cases in the world after Congo and Nigeria.
“India did not have a representative to participate in the summit,” said the MSL Group, the communications partner of Malaria No More (MNM) in India. MNM is a global non-profit body involved in the campaign on behalf of the global malaria community. “India did not participate in the summit, so there is no (India) commitment,” said Lakshay Kapur, Public Affairs Executive of the MSL Group, in reply to a query on the Indian government’s financial commitment to the cause.
The summit expected the world leaders to renew their financial and political commitments to continue the fight against malaria, which is showing signs of fighting back. Malaria cases rose to 216 million globally in 2016, five million more than a year ago. “High-level political commitment to beat malaria was made by the heads of government and Ministers from 19 Commonwealth countries,” said a Malaria Summit communique shared by the MSL Group.
The summit featured collective commitments worth over 4.1 billion dollars from governments, the private sector, philanthropists and international organisations.