Issue#12 - 25th October 2018
APLMA/APMEN Partner update

To outsmart malaria, look ahead and act now

The past two quarters of 2018 brought a wealth of opportunities for global mobilization and national commitments around malaria. From the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and Malaria Summit in London, through to the first Malaria World Congress in Melbourne and the UN General Assembly in New York, momentum has steadily grown as the year progressed. In Asia Pacific, a number of leaders are taking concerted actions towards the elimination goal as a critical component of regional development.

As countries increasingly focus on malaria elimination, many are also foreseeing a shift in health financing toward universal coverage in support of integrated health services. In this context, new financing models are being developed to fill the financing gap for elimination, such as ‘Blended Finance for Impact’ discussed below. Novel collaborations are also working to foresee bottlenecks and drive innovation, such as the Vector Control Platform for Asia Pacific (or VCAP), also discussed below. The last quarter of 2018 has also seen private sector partners stepping up to tackle tomorrow’s national elimination priorities, M2030 being a prime example.

We are grateful to all partners who are helping us broker the country-focused partnership platforms outlined in this latest Partners Update.


Dr Benjamin Rolfe
CEO, APLMA Secretariat

Malaria elimination in the news

APLMA CEO Dr Ben Rolfe argued we must produce an evolving set of tools to tackle complex and ever-changing malaria epidemics. The good news is that some of the world’s best and brightest are already generating out-of-the-box ideas to stop malaria.Read more
Myanmar Times interviewed Mr Melvyn Pun, CEO of Yoma Strategic Holdings at the launch of M2030 in the country. Yoma Strategic is partnering with APLMA, the Myanmar Government and other private companies in the country to raise awareness and funds to support malaria education and anti-malarial public health efforts. All funds raised by M2030 in Myanmar will be used to finance malaria programs in the country.Read more
Dr Wit Soontaranun, Executive Vice President, DTGO, was interviewed by Thailand Today about malaria elimination in Thailand. The DT Families Foundation is an APLMA partner and malaria elimination champion in the country.Watch here
In another recent article for SciDevNet, Dr Rolfe highlighted how, two years on from Sri Lanka's malaria elimination certification by the World Health Organization, the nation's lessons and experience are still a strong source of hope to countries around the region Read more
Khmer Times interviewed Vanessa Candeias from the World Economic Forum, discussing Blended Financing for Impact and M2030.Read more
Also in the past few weeks, Devin Thorpe interviewed Dr Rolfe for the ‘Your Mark on the World’ series. The conversation focused on how ending malaria requires high-quality medicines in some of the most remote settings, as well as purging the region of fake and substandard ones.Watch here

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