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World Malaria Day 2014: Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria

Ahead of World Malaria Day 2014 on April 25, the Country Partners of APMEN would like to highlight their recent Declaration of Commitment, signed by representatives present at APMEN VI, the sixth annual meeting of the Network held in Manila, in the Philippines on March 11 -13 this year. 

APMEN is again supporting our partner, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, in advocating the World Malaria Day 2014 theme, “Invest in the future: Defeat malaria.” See our Events table below for more global events.

You can write to tell us about your World Malaria Day 2014 activities at apmen@sph.uq.edu.au News, stories, and photos are always welcome.

Read the APMEN World Malaria Day 2014 Media Release here. (PDF, 692KB)



APMEN VI: a declaration of continued commitment to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific

During APMEN VI, the network's sixth annual Business and Technical Meeting held on the 11 - 13 March, 2014 in Manila, representatives from 14 of the 15 APMEN Country Partners signed a Declaration of Commitment , ensuring their collective effort to achieve the national and sub-national goals of elimination in the region.

The ‘Manila Declaration’ re-affirms the long-term goals for each eliminating APMEN country, and reiterates the collective regional target for half the countries in the Asia Pacific region to have eliminated malaria by 2020. This target date was first committed by the Asia Pacific country leaders who attended the Malaria 2012: Saving lives in the Asia Pacific conference held in Sydney, Australia, in November 2012.

Read the full meeting recap and download presentations here


APLMA update

One of the two taskforces set up by the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) convened in Sydney on March 12, in a high-level international meeting aimed at strengthening measures to counter malaria.

The meeting of the Access to Quality Medicines and other Technologies Taskforce was co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Australian and Indian Health Departments, Professor Jane Halton and Mr Lov Verma, and attended by malaria experts in the region, as well as political representatives of the East Asia Summit member countries and the Pacific.

The full media release about the meeting from the Australia Government’s Minister for Health is available online and for download here.

A recap of the meeting  from the Australian Department of Health 
is available online and for download here.

APLMA now has an official website. Visit  www.aplma.org for more information.


Prof Whittaker warns on Pacific elimination funding cuts 

Professor Maxine Whittaker has featured in a television news story on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired Friday 4 April, about the funding cuts to the national malaria programs in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and the potentially devastating effects it could have for malaria elimination.

See the online news story here.


WHO Global Technical Strategy for malaria to hold regional consultations in the Asia Pacific

The WHO Global Malaria Programme is coordinating the development of a Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (GTS) for the 2016-2025 period. The strategy aims to help WHO Member States address serious threats to the sustainability of malaria gains and accelerate ion of the progress of country malaria programmes.  The first draft of the GTS was reviewed at the by the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee at its recent meeting in Geneva from 12-14 March.

Review all the March 2014 MPAC meeting documents here.

The will be reviewed during a series of regional consultations where representatives from country programmes and malaria experts will provide input to improve the Strategy and ensure relevance to Member States. The meetings scheduled in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions are:

28–29 April 2014: Consultation for the South-East Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India
10– 11 June 2014: Consultation for the Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines

Concurrent with the GTS, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is coordinating the development of the Global Malaria Action Plan 2 (GMAP2). The GMAP2 will accelerate progress towards elimination through global advocacy, resource mobilization, partner harmonization, the engagement of non-health sectors, as well as global, regional and country-level planning for the implementation of the Global Technical Strategy.

The WHO Global Malaria Programme and the MPAC are now seeking input from Member States and the global malaria community on their perceptions of the MPAC.  We would be very grateful for your input on 10 questions that should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.  The survey will be available until Friday, 9 May at this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TJXDVZ2.

Download the October 2013 GTS Background meeting report here.

For more information on the GTS, visit http://www.who.int/malaria/areas/global_technical_strategy/en/