APLMA Partners Update

Issue#10 – 3rd May 2018

What an outstanding few weeks for the global malaria fight!

With unprecedented collaboration from global malaria eliminators and outstanding leadership from @MalariaNoMoreUK, the London Malaria Summit 2018 followed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) featured many new commitments. At the Summit alone, amounting to over US$4.1 billion. It was a global effort, with important outcomes for us in Asia and the Pacific.

The 53 Commonwealth Heads of Government agreed the following:

“Heads welcomed global, regional and national efforts to combat malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, and committed to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023. They also urged acceleration of efforts to reduce malaria globally by 90% by 2030.”

In Asia and the Pacific, Commonwealth countries have reduced cases by around 35% since 2010. Progress is however mixed; acceleration is now required to make good on both new and existing commitments. We are only now taking stock of the implications of CHOGM for our region. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Melanesia will be critical, and there is cause for early optimism! So read on.

Between the re-energized RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the recent London events and soon Melbourne Malaria Congress, the momentum is tangible... more than ever #ReadyToBeatMalaria and we are #DefeatingMalariaTogether.

Melanesian leaders stand together to beat malaria

One of the highlights of London for the APLMA Secretariat team, was seeing the three Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Republic of Vanuatu take a public stand on malaria. In mutually endorsing the goal of an Asia Pacific free of malaria by 2030 and the APLMA Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap, the signing received good press coverage, demonstrating the public interest in this issue. (Read more)

Leading Asia Pacific corporations launch consumer-powered movement to eliminate malaria

At the recent London Summit, the Global Fund Executive Director @PeterASands welcomed the launch of ‘M2030’ – through which Asia’s leading companies and foundations are focusing the power of millions of consumers on malaria elimination. The "Asia for Asia" collaboration will raise awareness and boost financial support for the 2030 elimination goal. Initiated by APLMA, M2030 brings together implementers, financiers, corporations and consumers so everyday purchases can make a real contribution to tackling the disease. (Read more)

Australia “doubles down” on elimination of malaria in Asia Pacific

At the recent Malaria Summit High-Level Panel Discussion held in London, the Government of Australia announced three new initiatives as part of their support to Asia Pacific goal of malaria elimination by 2030.

“We are part of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance. Australia and Viet Nam brought together the leaders of the Asia Pacific to say “let’s focus on the one issue of elimination of malaria in our region,” said the Hon Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. “At a leadership level, I thought that was very important.” (Read more)

Timor-Leste Government reiterates commitment to malaria-free nation

The new Government of Timor-Leste has recently expressed its full commitment to a malaria-free nation by 2030. In a letter to the Chair of the APLMA Board of Directors, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Marí Alkatiri, highlighted the importance of working across Ministries of Health, Planning and Finance, as well as Foreign Affairs to tackle malaria. He also commended the APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard, which tracks progress across the region.

Pakistan joins hands with other Asia Pacific countries in malaria fight

Again at the London Summit, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Hon. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, affirming enhanced national efforts, said ‘we have joined hands with Asia-Pacific countries through Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to re-affirm our commitment of malaria elimination from the region’. (Read more)

APLMA welcomes the Asian Development Bank and Global Fund to Singapore for health financing meeting

Following the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding in December 2017, APLMA recently hosted the ADB and Global Fund for a health financing dialogue in Singapore.

At the tripartite meeting, all partners agreed to jointly explore the concept of a ‘Regional Health Financing Facility’ to design and expand financing for country-led programmes on malaria and related health priorities. (Read more)

Ruby Shang reminds us all that defeating malaria in Asia Pacific takes political will

Read this World Malaria Day opinion piece by Ruby Shang, Chair of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) Board of Directors. (Read more)

Seven-country survey to identify populations at risk of malaria and individuals with G6PD deficiency

To prepare for widespread use of potentially safe and effective ‘radical cures’ for malaria, the APMEN Vivax Working Group (VxWG) is carrying out surveys in seven Asia Pacific countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal and Viet Nam). The work will help identify key populations at risk, and individuals with deficiencies in a key enzyme in the metabolism of novel anti-malarial drugs. (Read more)

Entomology: a missing link for Asia Pacific malaria elimination?

Can’t tell your Anopheles dirus from your Aedes aegypti? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

One notable challenge faced by many malaria programs in the region is the lack of qualified entomologists (that’s insect specialists to you and me) and/or vector control specialists – such experts both guide and implement targeted vector control strategies. It’s not enough to just look out for the stripy pajamas. (Read more)

And last, but by no means least... Join us at Melbourne 2018: The next milestone in malaria’s demise

Until now, there has been no mechanism for ALL stakeholders – those in affected communities around the world, in government, in policy development, in implementation, in finance, and in research – to gather and share information, to reach a consensus, and to build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria. But that is about to change. In just over 60 days, the first Malaria World Congress will be held in Melbourne, Australia: from the 1st to the 5th of July 2018.

Register now! Participants from eligible low- and lower middle-income countries receive a substantial cost reduction.

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