On behalf of Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), I would like to convey my gratitude to the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand for their hospitality as the host of this Malaria Week 2019, and to everyone who participated in the Week’s events.
Malaria Week highlighted both the astonishing progress in the fight against malaria, and the significant challenges that stand between us and the 2030 malaria free goal. In many countries, we are truly reaching the endgame; zero deaths in Cambodia in 2018, zero cases in China and Malaysia since 2017, only six indigenous cases in Bhutan and just a handful in Timor-Leste. However, in other parts of Asia and the Pacific progress has stalled, or even back-tracked. Borrowing from last year’s World Malaria Report, we stand at a crossroad. We either end this disease once and for all, or we risk resurgence jeopardising the unprecedented gains and investments made in the last decade. The call for action at Malaria Week 2019 echoed our resolve: we need to “Unite. Accelerate. Eliminate.”
For those of you who joined us at Malaria Week 2019, I hope that this collection of articles, stories and news clippings, takes you back to our time together in Bangkok. For those of you who were unable to attend, I hope they give you an overview of what we have accomplished together.
United we will defeat malaria in Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. Benjamin Rolfe
CEO, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
Malaria Week 2019 culminated in the 4th APLMA Senior Officials’ Meeting, an annual multisectoral convening of senior government officials representing Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Health and Defense. It aims to foster a whole of government approach to further intra-regional collaboration and support, helping to ensure malaria elimination goals are achieved.
Representatives from 22 Asia-Pacific nations pledged to undertake collective action to accelerate progress against malaria and eliminate the disease in the region for good. The outcome statement outlined commitment from eliminating countries to stay the course. Representatives demonstrated strong support to those with a larger burden to rapidly accelerate, to deliver national, regional, and global benefits. Watch the short video highlight of Malaria Week here.
The APMEN annual meeting saw more than 200 delegates gather to discuss the pressing issue of malaria elimination. The event, which coincided with APMEN’s 10th anniversary, featured a range of experts sharing lessons learned and identifying challenges and solutions to end malaria by 2030.
APMEN members agreed to address the common challenge of cross-border transmission and the need to bring diverse actors together to tackle this challenge. The members also agreed on a pathway for operationalizing APMEN’s new business model through enhanced south-south collaboration.
Vector Control Platform in Asia Pacific (VCAP) is a collaborative platform aimed at promoting innovation and access to vector control tools to halt the spread of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in the Asia Pacific region. It links national regulators, policy-makers, industry, academia and the global health community to boost development and use of vector control tools, such as mosquito nets and insecticides.
During Malaria Week, VCAP meeting featured important landscaping studies, conducted by IVCC, to better understand technical and access barriers, as well as market opportunities in the region. The participants highlighted on VCAP’s catalytic role in facilitating better innovation and access to vector control tools in support of the elimination goal. (Full story here)
The Malaria Futures for Asia (MalaFAsia) report was launched capturing views of malaria program directors, researchers and NGOs in Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam on progress towards malaria elimination. Survey results confirmed that new tools are needed as the disease is becoming resistant to existing prevention and therapy measures. Malaria experts called for continued investment in R&D for new antimalarials and insecticides to achieve the World Health Organization’s 2030 elimination targets. (Download the research here)
APLMA hosted a 2-day exhibition for Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) to showcase the pipeline of game-changing innovations to test and treat malaria. Representatives from FIND, PATH, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), and the United National Development Program Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP), were a part of the exhibition all striving to improve access to diagnostics for malaria.
Shopee, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, moves into the second phase of its partnership with M2030, a brand created by Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), and supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Shopee launched dedicated M2030 collections in six countries, where for every US$1 spent by consumers, Shopee donated US$1 to defeating malaria in Asia. Shopee also introduced an interactive game, ‘Mosquito Smack’ to raise awareness of malaria.
APLMA and the World Economic Forum are proud to announce the “M2030 Champions Council”. Consisting of CEOs and Presidents from some of the most far-reaching businesses in the region, as well as leaders from the public sector and civil society the Council will drive corporate leadership to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Indonesia. (Read more)
At Malaria Week 2019, the Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation announced a US$2M contribution to support the Global Fund’s RAI2E grant. RAI2E is the world’s most ambitious attempt to eliminate malaria in an entire sub-region.
Read the full story here.
In partnership with the Foreign Correspondents Club in Thailand, APLMA marked World Malaria Day 2019 with a press event with the aim of keeping malaria high on the agenda through media. The expert panel included: Dr. Arjen Dondorp, Deputy Director and Head of Malaria Research, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit; His Excellency General Meach Sophana, President of the Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee (CCCC); Dr. Preecha Prempree, Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health; and Ruby Shang, Chair of the Board for the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA).
They discussed the status of malaria elimination in Southeast Asia, the current challenges and the pathway to a malaria-free region by 2030. Watch our press event video that garnered nearly 10,000 views and resulted to 4 news stories in the region and in Europe.
An updated APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard 2018 was launched at the 4th APLMA Senior Officials Meeting to better track progress in malaria control and elimination in the region An online interactive version was also developed for a more dynamic visualization of the mechanism.
4 case studies were published to highlight best practices of countries in the region and their progress towards malaria elimination. These studies were Thailand and Sri Lanka’s national task force for malaria elimination, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar’s private sector case study and the Myanmar Whole-of-Government Approach. Download all the resources here.
Hosted at the Alliance Française Bangkok, representatives from Asia-Pacific francophone countries, the French Ambassador for Thailand, along with global health actors, reiterated their commitment to the 2030 malaria elimination goal, notably through increased efforts against substandard and falsified medicines and better access to high-quality medicines in the region.
With the support of the APLMA and in partnership with APMEN, malaria CSO platform GMS organized a workshop where participants gained deeper understanding of malaria surveillance including 1-3-7 strategy implementation and sustainable malaria elimination approach in the GMS through building community resilience. (Read more)
Thailand recognized 25 malaria-free districts and strengthen their resolve to eliminate malaria through 1-3-7 strategy & strong cooperation among all sectors. (Read more)