Issue#16 - 18th December 2019
APLMA/APMEN Partner update

Our last decade to defeat malaria

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

Malaria elimination in the news

Indonesian Government implements an islands-based approach to ending malaria.Read more
An opinion piece rallying Thailand and the whole region to continue the fight against malaria. Read more
Days before the Global Fund replenishment, M2030 Champion Melvyn Pun and The Global Fund Board Vice Chair, Roslyn Morauta co-authored an opinion-piece to encourage countries to step up the fight against malaria in Myanmar and beyond. Read more
Asia-Pacific plays a critical role in achieving global malaria eradication. Read more
At the regional launch of The Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication, Singapore’s Foreign Minister affirmed resolve to end malaria. Read more
A new partnership seeks to eliminate all strains of malaria. Read more
Asia-Pacific stakeholders gathered in Singapore to support global malaria eradication. Read more
Cambodia is working to end malaria by 2025. Read more

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