Issue#14 - 22nd May 2019
APLMA/APMEN Partner update

“United, we will defeat malaria in Asia-Pacific”

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: United, We Will Defeat Malaria in Asia-Pacific

    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.

  • Shared Solutions for Shared Challenges

    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.

  • Uniting partners for vector control in Asia Pacific

    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)

  • Asian malaria endgame threatened by resistance to insecticides and malaria treatments

    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)

  • Showcasing game-changing innovations to elimination at the Malaria Week 2019

    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 unveils second phase of its partnership with M2030

    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.

  • Global Business Leaders join forces to end malaria in Asia - Pacific

    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)

  • Thai Foundation Partners with Global Fund to Eliminate Drug-Resistant Malaria in Greater Mekong

    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.

  • Southeast Asia’s Deadly Bite: Can we really eliminate malaria by 2030?

    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.

  • The APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard 2018 published

    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.

  • Malaria Elimination Case Studies

    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.

  • Zéro Palu! La Francophonie s’engage [Francophonie Against Malaria]

    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.

  • Civil Society Workshop: Interactive session on Surveillance and Community Resilience

    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’s Ministry of Public Health Provincial Awards

    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)

Malaria elimination in the news

Ahead of Malaria Week, APLMACEO Dr Benjamin Rolfe on The Telegraph said whilst global malaria progress stalled, Asia-Pacific is on the right trajectory. Momentum has to be maintained to end Malaria. Political and financial commitments are crucial. Read more
APLMA issued a press release in celebration of World Malaria Day which falls during Malaria Week 2019. The release outlined high-level outcomes from the APMEN annual meeting and APLMA Senior Officials Meeting. Read more
This media release amplified the successful side-event during Malaria Week 2019 that formally announced M2030 Champions Council. Read more
This opinion editorial co-authored by FIND and APLMA argues that: Diagnostics are central to elimination efforts: for case finding, to ensure that both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients are identified and can be treated in order to break the chain of transmission; and for surveillance, to track disease spread and eventually confirm elimination. Read more
Dr Arjen Dondorp discussed how discovery of artemisinin pioneered by Tu Youyou in 1967 is now being use to combat malaria not just in the region but globally. Read more
Agencia EFE interviewed Ruby Shang, APLMA Board Chair and General Meach Sophana of Cambodia ministry of Interior during the Press Event at the Foreign Correspondents Club about fake medicines and how it slows down the progress of Southeast Asia’s fight against malaria. The article written in Spanish was distributed in the Latin and Caribbean markets. Read more
Radio Free Asia discussed with Dr. Marie Lamy about the epidemiology of Laos, the challenge of multi-drug resistance observed in the Greater Mekong Subregion and its implications to the regional fight against malaria. The article is written in Lao, access the article and interview clipping Click here
New Holland partners with M2030, the movement launched by APLMA to eliminate malaria in Asia by 2030, with an innovative campaign to increase awareness and raise funds to help Myanmar’s farmers fight against this disease. Read more
This opinion editorial written by Medicines We Can Trust Champion, Dr Sivong Sengaloundeth highlighted how multidrug resistance of malaria is exacerbated by poor quality antimalarial drugs. He called for strengthening of drug quality control at all stages prior to administration and health professional to be trained in detection of substandard and falsified medicines. Read more

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