01 December 2016
APLMA Update
Singapore - December 1, 2016
 
Dear colleagues and friends,

We are excited to announce the launch of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA) office in Singapore. In addition, the establishment, and inaugural meeting of an influential Board of Directors, drawn from across the regions served by APLMA.

The launch was marked at a reception held at the Residence of Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. At the same time, it was announced that the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), a unique platform for supporting practitioners of elimination, will now be hosted by APLMA in Singapore.

APLMA was established by the East Asia Summit (EAS) in 2013. Since then, working closely with country governments, important actors in malaria elimination such as the Asian Development Bank, World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and civil society; APLMA has been pleased to see acceleration of progress toward achievement of the EAS goal to eliminate malaria by 2030. During that same time APLMA spearheaded collaborative development of a Leaders’ Roadmap for Malaria Elimination, which was endorsed by the 2015 EAS and will facilitate achievement of this ambitious goal.

“The establishment of the APLMA Headquarters in Singapore is both significant and timely. Singapore is an important hub for regional and wider international work in many fields and APLMA has already been made very welcome,” said APLMA Envoy and former Minister of Health of Indonesia, Dr Nafsiah Mboi, speaking at the launch of the new headquarters. “With 21 malaria endemic nations in our region, most with representation in Singapore, a lively and well connected academic and research community, and home to many regional private sector headquarters, Singapore is a wonderful base from which to continue and expand the collaboration to end this disease for people across Asia and the Pacific.” At this is important first meeting, Dr Mboi’s term as Chair of the Board of Directors was extended until the next meeting, whilst Dr. Jimmie Rodgers was elected as vice chair.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Government of Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have been the principal financial supporters of the APLMA secretariat since its birth. Together, they announced combined financing of nearly US$16 million (SQ$ 22 million) over the coming three years for APLMA in its new and stronger configuration. Dr Chris Elias, President of the Gates Foundation Global Development Program said “We can eradicate malaria, and APLMA is playing a leading role in accelerating to zero. Asian-Pacific leaders have embraced the goal of regional elimination, and this renewed investment in APLMA is a key step to achieving it. We thank Australia for its partnership in advancing regional health security goals.”

The Asia Pacific region has already made unprecedented progress against malaria. According to recent data from the World Health Organization, the six countries in the Greater Mekong sub-region cut their malaria incidence by more than half between 2012 and 2015. Deaths from malaria are also rapidly declining, with an 84% drop in reported since 2012. Furthermore, earlier this year, Sri Lanka was declared malaria free.

“We must ensure that that we continue this positive trajectory and work together to sustain and build on these hard‐won gains. Using the Leaders’’ Elimination Roadmap and other tools APLMA will work to be an important partner in this effort,” said Dr Mboi.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new offices in Singapore, to hearing about your efforts, and to working with you.


Dr. Benjamin Rolfe
APLMA Executive Director (CEO)

 
 
New APLMA Board of Directors
The new APLMA Board of Directors comprises policy, development and programme experts, scientists and government officials. The Directors will provide vision, guidance and oversight for APLMA as Asia and the Pacific accelerates toward the 2030 malaria-free goal.
 
Dr Nafsiah Mboi
APLMA Leaders’ Envoy and Chair of the Board of Directors

Dr Mboi is a medical doctor specialized in pediatrics, and also has a degree in public health. Her professional career spanned 40 years as an Indonesian civil servant with the Ministry of Health. Her medical career in Indonesia has included service in some of the country’s poorest rural communities as well as involvement in development of national policy and plans. More recently she served for six years as the Secretary of the National AIDS Commission (2006–2012), prior her term as Minister of Health (2012–2014).

Dr Mboi’s international service has included Board Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2013–2015) and several years as Director of the World Health Organization department of Gender and Women’s Health (1999–2002). She has been actively engaged in the fields of human rights, women’s and gender issues, HIV and AIDS, and child rights, including as Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
 
Julianne Cowley
Assistant Secretary, Health Policy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia

Ms Julianne Cowley is the Assistant Secretary of the Health Policy Branch at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has also worked in human resources, partnerships policy, and for the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development. Julianne was a founding board member of the Ayui Foundation (Thailand) and served on the Board of Lifeline Canberra. For several years, Ms Cowley worked for the Australian Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership. Prior to international development, she worked in indigenous education and has degrees in business administration, education, communications and music, and is an accredited partnership broker.
 
Dr Altaf Ahmed Lal
Senior Advisor, Global Health & Innovation, Sun Pharma

Dr Altaf Lal has over three decades’ experience in infectious disease research, vaccines and immunization, biotechnology, global health, product safety and health policy matters. He has served as the Director of US Food and Drug Administration India Office, CEO Hilleman Labs, US Health Attaché and Regional Representative for South Asia at the US Embassy in India. He also served as Chief of the Malaria Vaccine Section at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was also recently inducted as Board Member for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

 
Professor Tikki Pang
Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Professor Pang is an academic and expert on arboviruses and other tropical diseases. He has a special interest in infectious diseases, genomics and global health, health research systems, global health governance, and linkages between research and policy. He holds a PhD in immunology from ANU. Previously, Professor Pang was Director, Research Policy and Cooperation at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland and Professor of Biomedical Sciences, at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 
Dr Jimmie Rodgers
Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

In January 2006, Dr Rodgers took leadership of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in the role as Director-General, a position he held until 2014. Dr Rodgers trained as a medical practitioner, specialising in anaesthesia. He also holds a degree in health administration. Before joining SPC in 1996, as Director of Programmes in Noumea, he held the position of Under-Secretary for Health Care in the Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Dr Rodgers was appointed to the role of Deputy Director-General of SPC in 1998. He was named Senior Deputy Director-General in 2000, a position he held up to the time of his appointment as Director-General. He is now an adviser on development in Pacific island countries.

 
Ms Ruby Shang
Independent Adviser, The Rumie Initiative (Canadian-registered charity), Impact Investment Shujog

Ruby Shang is a former Senior Manager, Advisor and Asia Director at the Clinton Foundation from 2003, establishing the Health Access Initiative in seven countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and the Climate Change Initiative in 11 cities.
 
Mr Richard Moore

Richard Moore has served as Australia’s Alternate Executive Director on the Asian Development Bank Board, worked as a ministerial adviser and overseen Australia’s aid programmes across Asia. He was an AusAID Deputy Director General, Program Committee Chair and Senior Gender Advocate 2008–2011. He also served as Senior Adviser to the Myanmar Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development (2012–13), helping the country’s international re-engagement. He was a Myanmar Election Observer in 2015 and conducted a major review of Myanmar aid coordination in 2016. Richard currently serves on the Board of ChildFund Australia. He has degrees in economics, education and international development. His main research interest is the role of development cooperation in international relations.
 
Mr. Edmund Tang

Mr. Edmund Tang has over 25 years of audit, due diligence, and senior management experience in the United Kingdom, China (Hong Kong), and Singapore. He is a Fellow of the following: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and CPA, Australia. Moreover, he is also a Non-practising Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Mr. Tang currently holds a diverse board portfolio of Singapore private limited companies in different industries. Until November 2015, he was on the board of a main-board listed company in Singapore as an Independent, non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Tang received a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Leeds.
 
Dr Benjamin Rolfe
Executive Director, APLMA

Dr Ben Rolfe is Executive Director and CEO of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance Secretariat. Ben was Formerly Lead Senior Specialist for the Pacific at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has more than 20 years’ experience in supporting health initiatives across 30 countries. His expertise focuses on health policy, systems strengthening and financing. Ben is currently based in Singapore, having previously lived and worked for long periods in the Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Tanzania, Australia, Nigeria and Eritrea. Dr Rolfe holds a Masters in Public Health and PhD from the University of Wales, and is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
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