This year has been a watershed year for Malaria in Asia and the Pacific. Asia saw continued gains in the Mekong region, with cases declining by almost 80% since 2010. India again saw impressive reductions whilst the People’s Republic of China, Timor-Leste and Malaysia sustained an incredible zero indigenous human cases.
It was a decisive year in the Pacific for different reasons. New financing was announced whilst the Solomon Islands showed renewed commitment. PNG’s prospects hung in the balance as the health system remained in severe stress.
Leadership momentum increased as both East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers and Heads of Government re-committed to the 2030 goal, whilst business leaders launched new campaigns as part of the M2030 movement.
The biggest news of the last quarter was the Global Fund's Sixth Replenishment in Lyon, resulting in pledges of US$14 billion for the next three years. When matched with domestic financing, leadership from the grassroots to Heads of Government, and the outstanding technical capacity of APMEN; our region truly has a once in a generation chance to eliminate this deadly disease.
The new year will see new leadership for APLMA as I step down after six years as CEO. I am immensely proud of the leadership shown by the region since APLMA was conceptualised. A near halving of cases and tripling of domestic financing has taken elimination from a distant aspiration to a realistic prospect for hundreds of millions. Our secretariat team and diverse partnerships are stronger than ever and I look forward to handing over to an outstanding successor soon.
The progress in our region is undeniable, yet 2020 signals Asia-Pacific’s last decade to defeat malaria. Drug resistance, insecticide resistance, fatigue and resource constraints can all throw us off track. Please take some time to explore some of these critical efforts underway to sustain momentum.
Lastly, let me commend the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication and WHO SAGme summary as agenda-setting holiday reading, and please do also follow us on twitter and forward this update to others in your network.
Dr. Benjamin Rolfe
CEO, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
The 14th East Asia Summit saw regional leaders recommit to the goal of a malaria-free Asia-Pacific by 2030 and acknowledge ongoing efforts to implement the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Elimination Roadmap. (Read more)
The regional launch of the Commission’s seminal report was held at the National University of Singapore. (Read more)
In an unprecedented show of global solidarity, donors at the Global Fund's Sixth Replenishment Conference pledged US$14.02 billion for the next three years to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. (Read more)
APLMA commends Dato Sri Tahir, Jonathan Tahir and the Tahir Foundation for their strong commitment to malaria elimination in Indonesia. (Read more)
The Vector Control Platform in Asia Pacific (VCAP) brought together representatives from Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Environment from 9 countries to build cross-ministerial, regulatory system support and introduce innovative vector control (VC) products. (Read more)
Bhutan recently created the “National Committee for Disease Elimination” (NCDE) to address challenges towards elimination. (Read more
In this issue of APMEN newsletter, the Network explores leveraging resources and entering into collaborative partnerships with players in the malaria eco-system. At the same time, aligning malaria programs and research with broader health priorities such as UHC. (Read more)
M2030 partners participated in the national consultation of Myanmar’s next National Strategic Plan for Malaria (2021-2025). (Read more)