Earlier in the year, as the rest of world tightened restrictions to fight COVID-19, Asia flattened its curve of infections. Some countries even began reopening its economies. For a brief moment there was hope.
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World Malaria Day 2021
April 25, 2021 marks my first World Malaria Day as CEO of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and provides an opportunity for reflection. Fourteen years ago, while living in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, I held a mostly listless four-year-old boy in our home. The boy was my eldest son. The cause of his illness: unknown to us. At first we did not suspect malaria- there was little, if any, where we lived in Highlands. But thinking it through further we recalled he had been to Port Moresby in the recent past so perhaps that was the culprit?
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems throughout the world have been tested in unprecedented ways. With 124 million reported COVID-19 cases in 219 countries and territories globally, the impact of the novel coronavirus has left virtually no corner of the world untouched. While the full impact of this global pandemic on the fight against malaria is yet unknown, there are positive strides to report as revealed by the APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard 2020. Our region has shown resilience in sustaining efforts against malaria and continued to push policy reforms to support the response against this old scourge.
Malaria is a disease of the rural poor and the vulnerable. To achieve elimination by 2030 in Asia Pacific, countries must protect those most at high risk of malaria. Pregnant women and young children for example face a higher risk because of reduced immunity, yet their needs vis-à-vis malaria prevention and treatment are not being adequately met. The vulnerability to existing infectious diseases is further heightened by other health crisis of a global nature such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health consequences of climate change.
Country Progress Update
APLMA supports countries across the region to ensure we accelerate progress and achieve our 2030 goal. From South, Southeast and Melanesia, we are working to help governments address the last mile challenges of malaria elimination.
Why Malaria Elimination Matters
H.E Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
Chairman’s Statement of the 15th East Asia Summit
Viet Nam, 14 November 2020
H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.)
Chairman’s Statement of the 14th East Asia Summit
Bangkok/Nonthaburi on 4 November 2019
H.E. Lee Hsien Loong
Chairman’s Statement of the 13th East Asia Summit
Singapore on 15 November 2018
APLMA & APMEN
Partnership for impact
We believe in creating synergies to achieve maximum yield. The APLMA-APMEN partnership aims to reinforce elimination efforts through combining APLMA’s political advocacy and multi-sectorial initiatives with APMEN's technical expertise and engagement with malaria control programs.Learn more
APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard 2020
The APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard tracks the progress made against the Roadmap priority actions and highlights key policy challenges that countries will need to address to accelerate towards elimination.
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