For years, civilisation has existed because human collaborations have shown a 100% success rate, businesses have excelled, teams have prospered and achievements have been unlocked courtesy of partnerships and collaborations in the society.
To strengthen the power of collaborations and partnerships for a better tomorrow in India, Godrej, which one of the oldest groups with its roots in India’s Independence and Swadeshi movement decided to step forward and initiate a dialogue on the importance of partnerships and collaborations for malaria eradication in India.
While most of us have always known that Malaria is a mosquito-borne hazardous disease, a lot of us are still oblivious to the fact that India accounts for 70% of malaria cases and 69% of malaria deaths in the South East Asia region. Over 80% of India’s population lives in ‘malaria transmission high-risk’ areas.
In the light of these statistics, addressing the need of the hour, Godrej decided to host ‘Achieving a malaria-free India’ conclave, a first-of-its-kind initiative, in partnership with Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on 3rd August, 2017 at Godrej ONE, Mumbai.
Stakeholders representing thought leaders from government, academia, private sector and social & non-profit organisations, discussed the need and merits of partnerships and collaborations in achieving a malaria-free India.
What was the conclave all about? Read on….
1. Opening remarks: Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group, said, “Malaria continues to be one of the most significant public health issues confronting India today, with about 1.5 million new cases detected every year. Our Health Ministry has endorsed the goal of achieving a malaria-free India by 2030. Given the scale of the vision outlined,the importance of partnerships and collaborations is paramount. In line with this, our conclave today, aims to create and facilitate impactful conversations on malaria elimination among key thought leaders from the ecosystem.”
2. Key Highlight: A powerful panel discussion featuring Prof. Dr. Sabesan, Senior Consultant, VCRC; Dr. Anup Anvikar, National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR); Shireen Mistree, India Health Fund, Tata Trusts; Neeraj Jain, Country Director, India, PATH and Vivek Gambhir, Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd, moderated by Indrajit Gupta, Director and Co-founder, Founding Fuel.
The panel conducted an insightful discussion on India’s current challenges, lessons from the past, the merits and challenges of partnerships, roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and concrete next steps to make the vision of achieving a Malaria Free India, a reality.
3. Partnerships and collaborations: Shedding light on the importance of partnerships and collaborations for the cause of Malaria Free India, Dr. Shampa Nag, Project Director, Caritas India,said,“Partnerships and collaborations present continuous opportunities within the ambit of multi-sectoral approach.They act as catalyzing factors for bridging the physical and behavioural barriers and enabling the motivators/influencers to expand application of interventions as well as strengthening community systems alongside extending support to improve overall health systems. Leveraging distinctive strengths of stakeholders, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP), civil society organizations & corporate sector, donor & partner agencies, and others should reaffirm the commitment to advance our common elimination vision.”
P.S: As Godrej initiated a dialogue to eradicate this daunting disease in India, let’s do our bit by collaborating with the society at large to achieve a Malaria free India. Until next time, #StayCurious 🙂