The Alliance was formed at the 2013 East Asia Summit in Brunei due to leaders’ concerns about the rising risk of malaria resurgence, in particular due to increasing drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. APLMA is a distinctive platform for collective regional leadership for securing regional public goods. By virtue of its head of government status, APLMA has the capacity to agree and set regional policy, and to establish and drive priorities for action.

By virtue of its heads of government status, the Alliance has a policy-making capacity and can establish priorities for action. It works with and through national and international authorities. Firstly, to ensure leaders are informed of the latest scientific evidence, and secondly to assist in translating the collective will of the region’s leaders into coordinated action by relevant authorities.

APLMA complimenting existing efforts or operate where there is a clear existing mandate that is being effectively discharged. Taking direction from East Asia Summit leaders, the secretariat:

  • Collaborates with partner organizations to set the APLMA agenda and to prioritize issues for leaders’ attention.
  • Conducts and commissions research to build the evidence base for effective interventions and to develop policy options.
  • Convenes expert groups to scrutinize, interpret and determine the implications of evidence.
  • Prepares reports and recommendations for leaders’ consideration.
  • Advocates for the policy priorities established by EAS leaders.

APLMA is also creating a Leaders’ Envoy position to lead policy development and influencing, including through a group of regional and international champions.