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APLMA Secretariat update

We begin this edition of our newsletter by acknowledging the considerable regional momentum generated in the few months since Leaders endorsed the APLMA Leaders Malaria Elimination Roadmap in November 2015. As reported below, the launch of new national frameworks for malaria elimination in Cambodia and India are early signals of the concrete actions that many countries in the region have already taken to implement the Roadmap.

To help coordinate these actions, the Roadmap commits each nation to appoint a Senior Official to report to their Head of Government on national and regional malaria elimination progress. The APLMA Secretariat is working behind the scenes on preparations for the first meeting of Senior Officials. The meeting will be a core element of the regional ‘Joint Malaria Week’ planned for May 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Co-convened by key regional partners, the event will be an opportunity to further progress and align malaria elimination efforts. The goal is not only to integrate key meetings of various malaria platforms in a common location, but also to find efficiencies in harmonizing decision-making and planning around core frameworks, such as WHO's Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Malaria Elimination Strategy. The Secretariat will be keeping you informed of Joint Malaria Week plans in the coming weeks.

With best wishes,

Dr Benjamin Rolfe
Executive Secretary
APLMA Secretariat

Launch of National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India

In February, the Government of India announced a historic policy initiative aimed at eliminating malaria throughout the country in the next 15 years. The National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India 2016–2030 was developed in line with the WHO Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for Malaria 2016–2030 and the APLMA Malaria Elimination Roadmap. The goals of the framework are to eliminate malaria (zero indigenous cases) in the entire country by 2030, and subsequently maintain malaria-free status and prevent re-introduction of the disease.

The national elimination framework will be implemented in a phased manner according to the varying malaria burden, health system development and malaria control accomplishments in respective States and Union Territories. During the launch ceremony in New Delhi, India Minister of Health JP Nadda declared India’s full commitment to achieving these goals. “It is not only a launching of the malaria elimination programme, it is a huge commitment from the Government of India to eliminate malaria."


Framework launched for malaria-free Cambodia by 2025

On 27–28 January, the Government of Cambodia unveiled a new national Malaria Elimination Action Framework 2016–2020. The ultimate goal of the framework is to achieve a malaria-free Cambodia by 2025. The new framework represents an essential update to the existing malaria elimination plan based on implementation experience, changing malaria epidemiology and the growing threat of multidrug resistance. The framework also aligns with new strategic information and guidance presented in the WHO Strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2015–2030), as well as broad consultation with key partners and stakeholders.

Key 2020 milestones include: elimination of Plasmodium falciparum malaria, including multidrug-resistant forms of the disease; and reducing incidence of malaria to <1 infection per 1000 population at-risk. During the launch in Phnom Penh, the Cambodia Health Minister, Dr Mam Bunheng, encouraged the assembled donors and partners to work together with the Government to ensure the plan is fully implemented.

Harness the private sector for malaria elimination

At the 2016 Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok in January, APLMA joined an Asian Development Bank (ADB) side-meeting to discuss integrated collaboration with the private sector for malaria elimination. The session provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the possibilities for private sector engagement in malaria control and elimination, focusing on four key areas: financing, service delivery, medicines, and management and accountability. While the role of government and institutional frameworks still remains crucial, the opportunities to align the work and collaborate with the private sector – as well as harness their resources to achieve shared goals – will be essential for sustainable outcomes. For a full summary, please click here.

Strengthening Asia Pacific policy advocacy for malaria elimination

The APLMA Secretariat recently convened a workshop for key regional advocacy and communication partners to develop a shared vision and collaborative advocacy strategy to ensure that regional malaria elimination efforts advance in a timely manner. The two-day meeting was held in Bangkok in early February and provided a unique opportunity to develop and kick-start collaborative and harmonized regional policy advocacy approaches to support priority actions of the Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap. Workshop participants included representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Health Group at University of California San Francisco, Malaria No More, Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN), Pacific Friends of the Global Fund, Global Poverty Project/Global Citizen, Global Fund Regional Artemisinin Initiative Regional Steering Committee (RAI RSC) Secretariat, PSI/ACTwatch, Regional CSO Malaria Working Group, and the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN).

Joining forces with APMEN, RBM and WHO at JITMM

The Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting, held from 2–4 December in Bangkok, gave APLMA, APMEN, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and WHO an opportunity to showcase the collaboration that will be required to end malaria once and for all. The partners convened a lunch symposium to highlight how APLMA’s and APMEN’s regional efforts contribute to the global efforts supported by WHO and RBM. The Secretariat described how priority actions in the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap align broader global actions found in the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 and the RBM Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria

2016 Asia Dengue Summit

The Asian Dengue Vaccination Advocacy, in collaboration with regional and international partners, organized a two-day summit in Bangkok, Thailand in January. While the summit was mainly focused on dengue control, and the potential impact of new dengue vaccines, there were important similarities, messages and points of contact that can be applied to malaria elimination efforts. The APLMA representative at the summit, Professor Andy Barraclough, presented APLMA experiences, stressing the need, complexity and means to generate political will to ensure the success of major public health initiatives. Prof. Barraclough also emphasized the key role that advocacy and communication of complex health messages in readily understandable terms plays in achieving regional consensus, as well as political and financial commitments. For full summary, please click here.

Knowledge-sharing conference on universal health coverage

In November 2015, the APLMA Secretariat took part in a knowledge-sharing conference on universal health coverage (UHC), held at the School of Public Health of Seoul National University. The meeting was framed around key UHC-related issues and emerging challenges in Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, Philippines, South Asia and Viet Nam, and drew on valuable lessons and achievements in Korea. Within these broad themes, discussions focused on a range of specific topics including governance of health systems, and health system responses to population aging. Participants also benefited from presentations on UHC in a range of emerging economies and regions including the Middle East and North Africa, Egypt and Chile. Representing the APLMA Secretariat and ADB, Azusa Sato presented previous experiences with UHC in Ethiopia. The initiative was jointly organized and supported by the Knowledge-Sharing Program of the Korea Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Asian Development Bank and Korea ExIm Bank.

New World Economic Forum Global Challenge Initiative: The future of health

At its 2016 annual meeting in Davos, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the tenth in its series of Global Challenge Initiatives, focusing on the ‘Future of Health’. The initiative emphasizes the distinction between health and health care, and the belief that today’s major health challenges can only be addressed in cross-sectoral ways, involving partners beyond the traditional health care sector. “We have seen decades of improvement in health care. We have seen decades of improvement in population longevity,” said Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Global Health and Healthcare Industries at WEF. “But now we are almost at a turning point where all this progress is at risk of being destroyed because of noncommunicable diseases, because of re-emergence of some diseases, and risks of pandemics.” Read more.

Global Fund Replenishment preparatory meeting (Tokyo)

A preparatory meeting of the Global Fund Fifth Replenishment was held in Tokyo on 16–17 December 2015, attended by health ministers and senior global health leaders. During the meeting, the Global Fund presented its investment case for raising US$13 billion for its next three-year cycle of funding, outlining how partners in global health can contribute to ending HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics by 2030. Read more


Policy advocacy workshop for malaria elimination in Bangkok.



Knowledge-sharing conference on universal health coverage in Seoul.



Active panel discussion during two days Asia Dengue Summit.

Upcoming events
  • Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), Geneva, Switzerland, 16–18 March
  • Asia Pacific Regional Regulatory Partnership for Malaria Elimination, Bangkok, Thailand,
    31st Mar - 1st April
  • World Malaria Day, 25 April
  • Joint Malaria Week, Bangkok, Thailand, 8–13 May
    • Global Fund RAI Regional Steering Committee Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 11 May
    • APMEN Annual General Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 12 May
    • APLMA Senior Officials Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 13 May
  • World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, 24–28 May

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2015 Annual Report
Video : Fifteen years towards Regional Malaria Elimination - The Roadmap

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