The APLMA/APMEN team is back from a productive mission to Australia – first to meet with Foreign Minister Bishop, International Development Minister Fierravanti-Wells, members of Parliament, and other key officials. We are inspired by the Australian Government’s unwavering commitment to accelerating malaria elimination and strengthening health security for Asia and the Pacific.
Our second stop was the 1st Malaria World Congress, during which we saw unprecedented support from the malaria community to end the disease for good. The Congress gave visibility and a voice to the visionary goal of malaria elimination. The elimination movement gained momentum with all partners – health financing institutions, private sector, product development partners, technical support agencies, research institutions, and civil society organizations – joining together to speak with one voice in support of regional and national commitments to ending malaria.
We were delighted to see so many partners engaged, actively discussing and launching new collaborative partnerships for resource mobilization and development of innovative approaches and tools. Working hand-in-hand with our partners at Unitaid, the Global Fund and the Asian Development Bank, APLMA is helping to create an enabling environment in which new platforms for innovation and partnerships for regional health financing can be explored and developed.
We thank the Congress organizers and supporters, and the Australian Government, for shaping and hosting this ground-breaking event. The Congress added to the growing global momentum for ending malaria. It is now up to us collectively to maintain this momentum and accelerate towards the 2030 goal of a malaria-free Asia Pacific.
Dr Benjamin Rolfe
CEO, APLMA Secretariat
APLMA and Unitaid recently launched a collaborative platform to accelerate access to innovations to halt the spread of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in the Asia Pacific region. The new platform – known as the Vector Control Platform for Asia Pacific (VCAP) – links national regulators, policy-makers, industry, academia and the global health community to boost development and use of antimalarial tools, such as mosquito nets and insecticides. (Read more)
Two innovative private sector malaria initiatives were showcased during a recent event highlighting how malaria elimination requires a whole-of-society commitment, including creative engagement with businesses and consumers. (Read more)
A recent meeting convened by the Global Fund, Asian Development Bank and APLMA took Asia and the Pacific a step closer to a new Regional Financing Facility to support health systems development and achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). (Read more)
Reaching the 2030 goal of a malaria-free Asia Pacific requires health systems that enable national regulatory authorities (NRAs) to ensure the availability of safe, effective and quality medicines, and diagnostics. This is the underlying principle of the Asia-Pacific Regional Regulatory Partnership for Malaria Elimination (RRP), which met for the fourth time last month. The latest gathering of RRP partners was hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Ministry of Health. (Read more)
Following the success of the ‘1-3-7’ strategy in China, adoption and modification of the strategy in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand has led to a greater awareness of the importance of establishing simple malaria case reporting and response follow-up metrics, as well as increased monitoring and evaluation activities. (Read more)
The APLMA team recently took part in a Health Innovation Forum organized by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The half-day forum focused on health security and the crucial role of new health technologies in achieving the Asia Pacific goal of malaria elimination by 2030. (Read more)
Just imagine that you could borrow cutting edge resources and know-how from world leaders in modern marketing and focus them on positioning and accelerating a new malaria elimination initiative. That's exactly what happened when APLMA teamed up with the region’s most innovative digital marketing and communications firms. (Read more)
“Malaria rates have soared among some of Australia's closest neighbours as complacency risks undoing a decade of sustained and extraordinary progress towards eradicating the disease, experts warn,” writes Kate Aubusson in the Sydney Morning Herald. (Read more)