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APLMA Secretariat monthly update

Dear colleagues, during the first half of 2015, the APLMA Secretariat welcomed several additional members to its team. The full team’s profiles can be viewed here. As the Secretariat’s work intensifies, we hope this regular monthly update will provide a snapshot of our recent activities and progress, key malaria events and regional and global developments.

Dr Nafsiah Mboi appointed as APLMA Envoy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and APLMA are delighted to announce that Dr Nafsiah Mboi has been appointed APLMA Envoy. Dr Mboi will lead strategic priority-setting for APLMA and will guide APLMA’s engagement in global health diplomacy and country-level political engagement. Dr Mboi will strategically shape the regional malaria elimination and financing agendas by identifying and pursuing specific opportunities for leadership on these issues across the region. Read more


Leaders’ Roadmap for an Asia Pacific Free of Malaria

Tasked by the APLMA Co-Chairs – the Prime Ministers of Australia and Viet Nam – the APLMA Secretariat has organised consultations with experts to support development of a technically-sound, evidence-based and regionally owned Roadmap for achieving an Asia Pacific free of malaria by 2030. The Roadmap will be presented to the APLMA Co-Chairs for distribution to regional leaders prior to the 2015 East Asia Summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November. The Secretariat is currently focused on preparing the zero version of the Roadmap, and will share it with partners for review and input during June.

To ensure that senior national officials involved in the EAS process are familiar with the Roadmap and that their feedback and recommendations are fully integrated into the document, the APLMA Secretariat and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are organizing a Senior Officials Meeting to finalize the Roadmap. The meeting will take place from 9 to10 July, at the ADB in Manila, Philippines.

68th World Health Assembly

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.

APLMA and Global Health Security

A Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) meeting, hosted by the Thailand Government in collaboration with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), took place in Bangkok, 6–8 May.

Health security in Asia Pacific requires both national preparedness and a regionally coordinated approach; it is both a technical and a foreign policy issue,” said The APLMA Executive Secretary, Dr Ben Rolfe, who participated in the meeting. “While increased regional connectivity provides opportunities for stronger collective action, it also presents new challenges in containing the spread of communicable diseases. Although the health security agenda is a complex one, APLMA is well placed to provide advice to close partners on the process in the Asia Pacific region.” Read more


Ben Rolfe speaking at the RBM Board discussions in Geneva



World Health Assembly side meeting



A Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) meeting, Bangkok (Photo: USAID)

Upcoming events:

  • 24–25 June: Global Fund Asia-Pacific Partnership Forum (Bangkok, Thailand).
  • 6–7 July: Asian Development Bank/APLMA Malaria Financing Meeting (Manila, Philippines).
  • 9–10 July: Senior Officials Meeting to finalize the leaders Malaria Elimination Roadmap (Manila, Philippines).
  • 13–16 July: Summit on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).
  • 29–30 July: Launch of new WHO Plasmodium vivax technical briefing document (New Delhi, India).
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