By far the biggest news of 2015 for APLMA…
Asia Pacific Leaders have taken a very significant further step towards defeating malaria: by endorsing the APLMA Malaria Elimination Roadmap. The detailed plan to eliminate the disease throughout the region was endorsed by the 18 East Asia Summit (EAS) Leaders during their 10th anniversary summit, held recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Roadmap presents six essential actions that leaders can support to accelerate progress towards defeating malaria. As many of you already know, the plan was developed in close consultation with leaders and national malaria programmes throughout the region, and with the help of technical experts from the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other partner organizations. If fully implemented between now and 2030, the plan will save more than a million lives and deliver US$ 300 billion in economic benefits.
The inclusion of malaria among EAS Leaders’ discussions on regional security and stability, territorial disputes and economic partnership is a demonstration of the remarkable leadership and commitment Heads of Government have shown in collectively tackling the disease.
The relevant section of the EAS Chairman’s Statement reads:
Reaffirming our commitment to the goal of an Asia Pacific free of malaria by 2030, we endorsed the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap as a framework for shared action. We are committed to the Roadmap’s six priority areas and called for a rapid and sustained scale-up effort in the Mekong region to prevent the spread of drug-resistant malaria.
Just before the summit, the APLMA Envoy, Dr Nafsiah Mboi, penned an open letter to the EAS Leaders commending this crucial commitment. The letter was published in the Financial Times on 21 November 2015.
To download the APLMA Roadmap, the full EAS Chairman’s Statement and read related news coverage, click here.