Issue#18 - 3rd September 2020
APLMA/APMEN Partner update

We are only as strong as our weakest link

Dear Partners and Friends,

We hope this finds you safe and well in these unprecedented times.

As we endeavour to combat the most formidable global health crisis in a century, we are again reminded that we are only as strong as our weakest link. Just as malaria elimination in our region is inextricably linked to reaching vulnerable and remote populations, the global battle against COVID-19 demands local action connected to global cooperation.

Our commitment to supporting Regional leadership towards malaria elimination remains steadfast. We also recognize that the current crisis demands that we think synergistically: there is much we can leverage to use malaria programs towards better pandemic response. We must also ensure that the precious gains made in fighting malaria are not lost during this crisis.

The past months we have adapted by attempted to build bridges through the virtual world as outlined in events we’ve recently hosted and featured in this newsletter. The culmination of these events will be a virtual Malaria Week 2020 which will convene esteemed leaders and experts from around the region and globe who are partners in our collective drive towards malaria elimination Co-Hosted by the Government of Viet Nam, our proceedings focus on the theme “Inclusion. Integration. Innovation.”

There should not be a false dichotomy between responding to COVID-19, malaria and other infectious threats. Rather, this is an opportunity and call to action to ensure malaria vertical interventions truly build local capacity and strengthen health systems.

We hope you are able to join us for Malaria Week.

Warm Regards,

Dr Sarthak Das, DrPH
Chief Executive Officer
Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA)

Malaria elimination in the news

An opinion piece rallying the region to prioritize research, strengthen surveillance and invest on tools to end malaria for good. Read more
A letter to the editor by APLMA Board of Director to focus on the goal of a malaria-free India amidst COVID-19. Read more
An opinion piece highlighting how Asia Pacific is adapting its malaria response to climate change. Read more
Malaria Consortium called the international community to reflect on impact of climate change to mosquito-borne disease transmission, and its impact to global health. Read more

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