Global Business Leaders join forces to end malaria in Asia - Pacific

Published: 25, April 2019

The World Economic Forum and the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance announce a new ground-breaking business council for malaria elimination.


From the left to right - Gerard Teoh, Christoph Benn, Dick van Motman, Jonathan Tahir, Nicole Lim, Justin Wood, Patrik Silborn, Melvyn Pun, Dr Wit  Soontaranun and John Fairhurst

PRESS RELEASE

BANGKOK, 25 APRIL 2019 - Today, the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and the World Economic Forum  announced the M2030 Champions Council. Consisting of CEOs and Presidents from some of the most far-reaching businesses in Asia-Pacific, as well as leaders from the public sector and civil society, the Council will drive corporate leadership to eliminate malaria in Asia.

In Asia, malaria is being defeated, with a halving of cases in the last 8 years. But, the gains we have made are fragile, and malaria has come back from near-elimination before with devastating consequences. Across the region, a staggering 237 million people are still at high risk of contracting the disease. The only way we can truly beat malaria is by working together - across the private and public sector.

“Malaria is becoming an invisible disease far away from the thriving capitals of the region” said Ben Rolfe Chief Executive Officer of APLMA and continued “The leaders on the Council will leverage their businesses to support the fight against malaria and, importantly, keep the spotlight on elimination. There is tremendous value in this.”

Started by APLMA in 2018, M2030 is a movement that brings together businesses, consumers and health organizations in a unique partnership. Corporate partners can use the M2030 brand for awareness and fund-raising campaigns to fight malaria. One hundred percent of all funds raised support malaria elimination programs in the region.

“The battle against malaria is far from won. To succeed, we need strong commitment and collaboration among governments, businesses and civil society. As the international organisation for public private cooperation, the World Economic Forum is working with initiatives like the APLMA to build a platform where much-needed collaboration can happen,” said Justin Wood, Head of Asia Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, also announced a new M2030 campaign spanning five countries in South-East Asia. For every dollar spent by shoppers on a curated product selection, Shopee will donate the same amount to M2030 supported malaria programs in Myanmar and Vietnam.

“The first phase of our partnership with M2030 was met with great success. With that, we are pleased to launch the second phase, where we aim to further rally Shopee users from across the region to support M2030’s funding efforts and accelerate the defeat of malaria. We hope to make a positive difference to this cause together as one community," said Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee.

Melvyn Pun, Chief Executive Officer of Yoma Strategic Holdings and member of the M2030 Champions Council, added “I have seen the devastating impact of malaria up close, Yoma is proud to lead the private sector charge in ending malaria in Myanmar”, and continued “New Holland Myanmar and Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospitals have active M2030 campaigns to raise funds and awareness to support the malaria elimination goal.”

M2030 partners with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Since 2013, the Global Fund has invested over US$ 350 million to fight drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong. Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund and member of the M2030 Champions Council, said “M2030 is a great initiative that engages the private sector in supporting malaria elimination efforts in the region. Public-private partnerships are essential to ending malaria once and for all”.

About APLMA

APLMA is an affiliation of Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate it in the region by 2030.

 

M2030 Champions Council Members

  • Jonathan Tahir, President Commissioner of Bank Mayapada
  • Melvyn Pun, CEO, Yoma Strategic Holdings
  • Dick van Motman, Global President, Dentsu Brand Agencies
  • Win Win Tint, CEO and Founder City Mart
  • Santitarn Sathirathai, Group Chief Economist, SEA Group
  • Ray Nishimoto, Representative Director Sumitomo Chemical
  • Peter Sands, Executive Director, the Global Fund
  • Christoph Benn, Director Joep Lange Institute



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