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Community health worker in Cambodia © John Rae, The Global Fund

Most mosquito-borne diseases are preventable. As we mark World Mosquito Day (Aug. 20), we celebrate the many breakthroughs, innovations and advances we have made towards eliminating them. But it is also occasion for renewing civil society’s commitment protecting vulnerable communities against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases amid the Covid-19 pandemic.


Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges the world and the global health community face. The recent landmark study by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and floods as a key temperature limit is exceeded in just over a decade. Shifting weather patterns not only affect the migration of people, plants, animals, and insects, but also the spread of disease, including malaria.

Mosquito net distribution at Pakistan's tribal areas © DMC, Pakistan

In December 2020, 8,000 volunteers in Pakistan's restive tribal region managed to distribute nearly 1.5 million mosquito nets to over half a million households without contracting a single known case of Covid-19. How they did it offers a valuable lesson about how health authorities, by collaborating with communities and other stakeholders, can keep new health threats from disrupting the ongoing battle against malaria and other life-threatening diseases.

Tribal men sailing canoe on the beach at Kitava Island, Papua New Guinea. © Pixabay

This International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (Aug. 9), the UN called for a new social contract, one that expresses genuine cooperation and partnership for the common good to ensure that “no one is left behind” and to put a stop to exclusion and marginalization.

Malaria volunteer sits with mother and young child, iCCM Myanmar

Cross border malaria is a major impediment to achieving regional malaria elimination. No country can achieve this goal in isolation. At the 4th South East Asia Regional Coordination Mechanism Forum (SRCMF), APLMA-APMEN addressed the constituency to highlight the importance of implementing cross-border cooperation for malaria control & elimination.

A medical entomologist examines a mosquito identified in Yunnan, China © WHO, Global Malaria Programme
Partners' Update

The past quarter saw continuous COVID-19 disruptions but the recent China malaria-free certification is a global health silver lining.

Press Release

In a key milestone for Asia Pacific, today the People’s Republic of China has officially been certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as malaria-free. The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) and their partner The RBM Partnership welcome China’s achievement and the country’s notable contributions to the fight against malaria, while reflecting on the successes and learnings that can support malaria elimination across Asia Pacific and globally.

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