Purpose

APLMA supports countries to mobilize resources for malaria and health. We engage leaders, convene stakeholders, and broker partnerships and collaboration to ensure sustained financing for malaria. Using epidemiological and economic evidence generated by our key partners we engage in political advocacy for sustained support for malaria elimination.

Working in close collaboration with major funders like the Global Fund, the World bank and ADB in the region, technical agencies like the WHO, and regional governance mechanisms like the Regional Steering Committee for the Regional Artemisinin Initiative, APLMA supports national leaders in four inter-linked areas:

  • Building the evidence base for and making the epidemiological, economic and social case for malaria elimination
  • Forging health financing partnerships for resource mobilization
  • Expanding financing options through innovative financing in support of malaria elimination

Evidence based decisions

Working closely with partners, APLMA produces, publishes and disseminates policy briefs and products on current and future health care financing landscape together with updated financial gap forecasts to inform decision making at the national, regional and global levels.

Through a tailored engagement strategy with governments, APLMA works to demonstrate the economic case for malaria elimination linking it to broader health and economic goals.

Investment cases

APLMA in collaboration with UCSF/MEI using mathematical transmission modeling estimates that by using a variety of aggressive interventions, all 22 countries in the Asia Pacific region can achieve elimination, up to two years before 2030. Interrupting local transmission can save over 400,000 lives and avert 123 million malaria cases, translating to almost USD 90 billion in economic benefits—up to a maximum of over USD 350 billion.

Health financing partnerships

APLMA plays a convening role, bringing Multilateral Development Banks, the Global Fund, other financing partners, and countries together. In 2017, APLMA initiated and facilitated a partnership between the Asian Development Bank and the Global Fund. The partnership will improve coordination, increase joint co-financing of malaria and health programs, and expand health financing through blended financing options – combinations of grant and loan financing.

APLMA’s plays different role in forging health financing partnerships:

  • Convener and broker: APLMA is working through health diplomacy and its connections with international and national leaders to forge new partnerships between development financiers and countries;
  • Demand creation, working across line ministries in targeted countries to highlight the potential for increasing health funding on attractive terms;
  • Supply generation, APLMA supports financing partners to develop attractive financial vehicles that both generate resources and improve efficiencies;
  • Help leverage funding from bilateral donors and the private sector to make the deals more attractive.

Innovation

APLMA brings different players from the public to private sector together to foster collaboration and implement new and methods to advance malaria elimination in the region.

In 2017, APLMA is providing thought leadership for the establishment of a partnership facility in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. APLMA also works with organizations like UNITAID and actors in the fintech space to advance financing and leadership for innovation.

Expanding financing options

APLMA is working with partners and corporate leaders to mobilize new financial resources for malaria elimination. For example, in 2018, APLMA will work with the Global Fund to bring consumers and leading Asian companies together to raise awareness and help raise the funds needed to end Malaria.

Through these efforts, APLMA engages new leaders, particularly from the business sectors who can champion health and the malaria elimination goal, and amplify APLMA’s mission.

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