Dear Partners and Friends,
We hope this finds you safe and well in these unprecedented times.
As we endeavour to combat the most formidable global health crisis in a century, we are again reminded that we are only as strong as our weakest link. Just as malaria elimination in our region is inextricably linked to reaching vulnerable and remote populations, the global battle against COVID-19 demands local action connected to global cooperation.
Our commitment to supporting Regional leadership towards malaria elimination remains steadfast. We also recognize that the current crisis demands that we think synergistically: there is much we can leverage to use malaria programs towards better pandemic response. We must also ensure that the precious gains made in fighting malaria are not lost during this crisis.
The past months we have adapted by attempted to build bridges through the virtual world as outlined in events we’ve recently hosted and featured in this newsletter. The culmination of these events will be a virtual Malaria Week 2020 which will convene esteemed leaders and experts from around the region and globe who are partners in our collective drive towards malaria elimination Co-Hosted by the Government of Viet Nam, our proceedings focus on the theme “Inclusion. Integration. Innovation.”
There should not be a false dichotomy between responding to COVID-19, malaria and other infectious threats. Rather, this is an opportunity and call to action to ensure malaria vertical interventions truly build local capacity and strengthen health systems.
We hope you are able to join us for Malaria Week.
Dr Sarthak Das, DrPH
Chief Executive Officer
Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA)
We invite you to attend Malaria Week 2020, an annual convening of high-level government officials and other national, regional and global stakeholders, to work together for elimination of malaria from Asia and the Pacific by 2030. (Read more)
The APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard 2019 was launched on the 16 July 2020. At the launch, senior government officials highlighted the progress made towards elimination in the Asia Pacific along eight policy milestones and share best practices with colleagues. (Read more)
Senior Officials, National Regulatory Authorities, malaria commodities manufacturer and global health partners discussed Diagnostics for Febrile Illnesses and Vector Control Tools to advance both health security and malaria elimination in Asia-Pacific.
Dr Ashish Jha discussed with APLMA about the opportunities for new paradigms in the pandemic age including Universal Health Coverage & other global health interventions (Watch here)
This thematic brief highlights the link between climate change and vector-borne diseases. Using malaria to tell the narrative, it lists key actions that policymakers and the public health community can consider in addressing the impact of a changing climate on VBDs. (Read more)
The new website will foster information-sharing, partnership, networking and serve as an advocacy platform to support accelerated introduction and adoption of innovative vector control tools. (Read more)