APMEN III was composed of Business and Technical Meetings as well as a bi-annual Advisory Board meeting. Preceeding APMEN III was the annual Vivax and Vector Control Working Group meetings, held on May 8-9.
The meeting celebrated the on-going efforts within the region to reduce the scourge of malaria, to share experiences on how countries are working towards elimination of malaria, and work collaboratively on projects in research, capacity building, and advocacy. In attendance was the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Health, Datuk Rosnah binti Abd. Rashid Shirlin, and Health Director General, Dato’ Dr Hasan bin Abdul Rahman, alongside 80 representatives from the 11 Country Partners and research and partner institutions from the region, including the WHO. Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vanuatu were represented as partner countries and Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal attended as meeting observers.
During the APMEN III meeting, participants discussed updates on progress towards elimination of malaria. Two technical topics were explored in depth: Plasmodium vivax, the malaria species that is resilient to elimination efforts due to a dormant liver stage, and Plasmodium knowlesi, a species that is naturally hosted in a type of monkey, macaques, and was recently found to infect humans in Malaysia. Delegates heard from public health officials from Brunei, which was certified malaria-free in 1987, who stressed the need for continued commitment to surveillance against malaria in order to prevent re-introduction and outbreaks of the disease. The APMEN Fellowship and Research Grant programs were showcased. They are initiatives that enable malaria control staff to gain elimination-specific skills from other APMEN institutions and support operational research for APMEN countries through small grants. A workshop was also held on how to type the malaria parasites using genotypes. In response for the need for improved mapping of cases APMEN formed a new group to help with surveillance and the use of geographical information systems. The meeting was hailed a success by participants.
APMEN would like to thank the Malaysian organising team (Dr Lokman Hakim bin Sulaiman, Dr Junaidden Mohamad Zain and Dr Jenarun Jelip and their staff), UQ Secretariat team (Prof Maxine Whittaker, Arna Chancellor, Amanda Lee and Marion Connel), GHG Secretariat team (Cara Smith Gueye, Hyunju Woo, Dr Michelle Hsiang and Dr Roly Gosling) and the Vivax Co-ordinating team (Dr Ric Price, Dr Lorenz von Seidlein, Sarah Moon and Melissa Gallop) for their support and hard work in the smooth running of these meetings.
- Session 1: Overview of Malaria Elimination in Malaysia
- Session 2: Elimination Profiles
- Session 3: P. knowlesi and the Elimination Agenda
- Session 4: Cross Border and Regional Collaborations
- Session 5: APMEN Business Meeting
- Session 6: Breakout Sessions
- Session 7: New Drugs and Vaccines for Vivax Elimination
- Session 8: Breakout Session Report‐Back
- Session 9: Surveillance and the Role of Geo Referenced Data for Malaria Elimination
- Session 10: Working Group Updates
- Session 11: APMEN Study Tour
- Session 12: Global Fund Q&A (Questions and Answers)
- Session 13: APMEN Fellowship Program Panel
- Session 14: Priorities for APMEN 2011 Work plan and 2012 meeting
- Session 15: Strategic Direction / Conclusions
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- Vivax Working Group Meeting
- Vector Control Working Group Meeting