This year’s Assembly welcomed several developments of importance to global and regional malaria responses. Member States adopted a new Global malaria technical strategy for 2016–2030. The strategy aims to reduce the global disease burden by 40% by 2020, and by at least 90% by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 new countries by 2030. It was developed by the WHO Global Malaria Programme through an inclusive, country-driven approach with input from consultations with WHO regions, international experts and country programmes.
During a side-meeting hosted by several Member States – including Australia, China and Thailand – implementation of the new strategy was discussed. The meeting also saw the launch of the Draft strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (2015–2030), which has been developed by the WHO Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance (ERAR) Hub. Read more
Just prior to the Assembly, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board also approved the Action and investment to defeat malaria 2016-2030 (AIM) – for a malaria-free world. Developed in concert with the new global technical strategy, AIM builds the case for investment in malaria, and thus provides the global malaria community with a powerful advocacy tool.
APLMA was pleased to contribute to the development of all three documents and looks forward to further supporting their implementation in Asia Pacific.