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APLMA Secretariat update

It is fitting to begin this edition of our newsletter with a comment on the remarkable level of attention the recent World Malaria Day (25th April) attracted. The unprecedented coverage from malaria partners around the world were testimony to the growing commitment to eliminating the disease.

The day was also marked by the launch of another National Malaria Elimination Plan in the Asia Pacific region. Announcing its goal to eliminate malaria by 2024, the Government of Thailand joined those of Cambodia and India as the first three countries to confirm their commitment to malaria elimination following the endorsement of the Leaders Elimination Roadmap in late-2015.

Since our last update, the APLMA Secretariat has been busy with preparations for the forthcoming APLMA Senior Officials’ Meeting. This year’s SOM will take place during the first Joint Malaria Week when the World Health Organization, Global Fund Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative, Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), APLMA and private sector and civil society organizations are closely cooperating to create an opportunity for malaria stakeholders to convene more efficiently, and to help progress malaria elimination efforts across the region.

Finally, we would like to congratulate the 13 newly selected Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board members, who will lead the organization into a new era and drive momentum to ‘End malaria for good’. We look forward to working with the revitalized RBM in the Asia Pacific region.

With best wishes,

Dr Benjamin Rolfe
Executive Secretary
APLMA Secretariat

 
Upcoming focus: Joint Malaria Week, 10–13 May 2016 | Bangkok, Thailand

On 10–13 May 2016, stakeholders from across Asia and the Pacific will convene a range of meetings on malaria elimination, ensuring this vision is delivered as a key part of strengthened regional health security. The goal is not only to integrate key meetings of various malaria platforms into a single location and time, but also, over time, to find efficiencies in harmonizing decision-making and planning around the Leaders’ Elimination Roadmap.

The programme includes:

  • Regional Malaria Civil Society Organization Consultation Meeting: 10th May – Full Day
  • WHO Programme Briefing: 10th May – AM
  • Healthy People, Healthy Region: Driving Corporate Action to Eliminate Malaria in Asia-Pacific (Private Sector): 10th May – PM
  • Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI) Regional Steering Committee Meeting: 11th May – Full Day
  • Supporting Malaria Civil Society Advocacy on Financing - A Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) Strategising: 11th May – PM
  • Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) AGM: 12th May – Full Day
  • Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) Senior Officials Meeting : 13th May – Full Day

For full programme calendar, please click here.

 

Strengthening and accelerating regulatory processes in Asia and the Pacific

The Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia, the WHO Prequalification of Medicines Programme, the Asian Development Bank and APLMA recently launched the Asia Pacific Regional Regulatory Partnership for Malaria Elimination. The partnership supports bilateral and multilateral collaborations between Stringent Regulatory Authorities, National Regulatory Authorities and technical partners in the region. It aims to accelerate the time to market for high priority, high quality technologies for malaria elimination without compromising the regulatory review process. While malaria will be the focus of the partnership, efforts should improve regional regulatory approval processes for other essential medicines. The Partnership was launched in March in Bangkok with the Secretary General of the Thai Food and Drug Administration co-chairing the first meeting.



Brisbane conference to tackle growing drug-resistant malaria threat

Drug-resistant malaria has already been detected in five south-east Asian countries: Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Laos, at a time when a worldwide campaign to reverse the impact of the disease has made significant progress.

At a recent launch breakfast for the International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria 2016, taking place in Brisbane, Australia in September 2016, Dr Benjamin Rolfe, APLMA Executive Secretary, spoke on emerging drug-resistant ‪malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region and about Australia's leadership role in eliminating the disease.

For full story, please click here.



Second Asia Symposium: Addressing infectious diseases through sustainable health systems

A three-day Bangkok-based symposium – addressing infectious diseases through sustainable health systems – was organized by the Malaria Consortium to share findings and showcase innovative practices from malaria, dengue and infectious disease research, including implementation projects from Asia and Africa. Its aim was to generate interaction among government representatives, donors and implementing organizations for developing plans for effective collaboration to achieve the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through investment in sustainable health systems.

Delegates explored ways to improve collaboration and promote mutual learning on key aspects of infectious disease management. Other agenda topics ranged from new mobile health technology to emerging disease outbreaks and influencing health policy in the Asia Pacific region.

APLMA joined the session on influencing malaria and health policy in the Asia Pacific Region highlighting the need for partners to support the advocacy needed to change policy.

For full report, please click here.



Governments and donors must intensify funding to wipe out malaria

What is the single greatest threat to achieving a malaria-free world? A reduction in funding or political support before the job is done – according to a Financial Times op-ed published on World Malaria Day.

Global malaria leaders Sir Richard Feachem, Dr Richard Nchabi Kamwi and Dr Nafsiah Mboi presented the dramatic progress achieved in fighting malaria during the past century. But they also warned that unless we commit to meeting the political and financial requirements to maintain momentum and end malaria for good, the advances resulting from previous investments will be in jeopardy.

For full story, please click here.



Thailand Government launches campaign to eliminate malaria by 2024

Thailand marked World Malaria Day 2016 by launching a plan for eliminating malaria by 2024. Under the Government’s ‘Pracharat’ model, the country aims to focus on driving current malaria strategies forward and strengthening collaboration with all partners to eliminate the disease.

A 10-year National Malaria Elimination Strategy (2017–2026) was introduced in support the goal of a malaria-free Thailand. The plan includes development of new technologies, innovation and other measures to eliminate malaria; increasing cooperation between partners; and empowering the public with healthy habits that help prevent the disease. The plan has a designated national budget of 2.3 billion baht (US$64.8 million) over the next five years.

For full story, please click here.



India’s unique Public–Private Partnership in Preventive Health and Disease Elimination

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW), the Government of Madhya Pradesh and Sun Pharma, announced India’s first public–private partnership agreement for a ‘Malaria-Free India’ and other innovations in preventive health. The announcement was made jointly by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of ICMR, Mrs Gauri Singh, Principal Secretary of Health of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, and Dilip Shanghvi, Managing Director of Sun Pharma as a unique effort to draw public–private sector collaboration to promote preventive health measures. The partnership stakeholders will jointly undertake malaria control and elimination programmes by establish management and technical committees to provide oversight for disease surveillance and elimination.

For full story, please click here.



New era of cooperation to end malaria in Asia Pacific: Triangular partnership

The Australia–China–Papua New Guinea Pilot Cooperation on Malaria Control is one example of significant new collaborative efforts to tackle the disease. The inter-governmental partnership began in December 2015, and is the first substantial trilateral collaboration in the Asia Pacific region aimed at combatting malaria. Between 2016 and 2018, the three countries will jointly focus on improving malaria diagnosis within Papua New Guinea by strengthening laboratory services and research. The initiative will also support the Government of Papua New Guinea’s priorities for malaria in their National Malaria Strategic Plan, aimed at achieving and sustaining universal coverage and access for malaria control interventions.

For full story, please click here.


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Asia Pacific Regional Regulatory Partnership for Malaria Elimination

 

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Dr Ben Rolfe represented APLMA during Second Asia Symposium: Addressing infectious diseases through sustainable health systems

 

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Thailand Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Dr Amnuay Gajeena, Director-General of Thailand's Disease Control Department and Dr Daniel Kertesz WHO Representative in Thailand marking World Malaria Day.

Upcoming events
  • Joint Malaria Week, Bangkok, Thailand, 10–13 May
  • Harvard Roundtable, Geneva, Switzerland, 22 May
  • World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, 23–28 May
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, 26-28 June

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