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RBM launches APMEN P&I report

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), has released a special APMEN-themed report as part of the Progress & Impact series.

The report called, The Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN): Supporting the common goal of a malaria-free Asia-Pacific, was c
o-authored by writers from the APMEN Joint Secretariat and regional and global experts, 

It highlights the leadership and local ownership needed to achieve such ambitious targets and identify the added value of innovative approaches the APMEN network model provides to complement existing efforts and further drive socio-economic development.

The report comes just weeks after the November 2014 commitment of regional Heads of State during the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to eliminate malaria from the region by 2030.

A launch was held during the RBM Board Meeting on December 4 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Click here for the RBM [Press release]
Click here to [Download] the Report.


Bangladesh welcomes partnership with APMEN in Dhaka

Newest APMEN Country Partner Bangladesh held an official certificate ceremony with the Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka on 13 November 2014 to welcome the partnership for regional malaria elimination.
The ceremony included an address from Director of 
Disease Control & LD, CDC, DGHS icddr,b  (a partner institution of APMEN) Prof Be-Nazir Ahmed, and Dr Wasif Ali Khan, scientist with icddr,b’s Centre for Vaccine Sciences. Government officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's Malaria Control Program Bangladesh also attended.

Dr Khan was presented with an official membership certificate for Bangladesh by APMEN secretariat co-coordinator Prof Maxine Whittaker on a visit to the capital. 

Read the icddr,b news story about the APMEN partnership here.


APMEN launches new report at VxWG meeting

The APMEN Vivax Working Group (VxWG) coordinating team has released a brand new report, 'Targeting vivax malaria in the Asia Pacific: 2009 - 2014', now available for download from the APMEN website.

Launched during the annual VxWG meeting in Cambodia last week, the report documents the activities and acheivements of the VxWG over the past five years. It also highlights the coordinated efforts of many APMEN Country Partners and Partner Institutions, who have worked together to share the challenges and successes in P. vivax technical and research capacity with the common goal of a Malaria-Free Asia Pacific region.

Download the APMEN report, 'Targeting vivax malaria in the Asia Pacific: 2009 - 2014" here (PDF 8,130KB)

Evidence Summaries

The November 2014 APMEN VxWG meeting also saw the launch of three evidence summaries, available for download:


APMEN Evaluation Report 2009-2013

In February 2014 at the APMEN VI meeting in Manila, a draft version of the internal evaluation of the Network was presented to all meeting attendees.

This evaluation is a summary of the outcomes and outputs of the Network, the partnerships and value of APMEN to the respondents.

A hardcopy printed version of the APMEN Evaluation Report: A mixed method approach using Internal and External Evaluation 2009 -2013 is now available. 

View/download the APMEN Evaluation Report 2009 - 2013 here.


APMEN applauds leaders’ regional vision of Malaria-Free Asia Pacific

Leaders from the 9th East Asia Summit, Myanmar, November 2014

In a landmark consensus for malaria elimination, country leaders from Asia have committed to seeing the region become free of malaria by the year 2030.

Convening in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last week, the 18 leaders of the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) committed to supporting national malaria programs and strategies in their respective countries, undertaking the ambitious task of achieving regional malaria elimination within the next 15 years.

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) consists of 16 countries in the region that each have malaria elimination goals, including Sri Lanka who recently celebrated two years without malaria and is currently on track to achieving their national elimination goal of 2016. [See APMEN Malaria Elimination Infographic http://apmen.org/elimination2030/]

APMEN supports the breakthrough decision of the leaders and stands poised to work in partnership with the leading political body for malaria elimination in the region, the Asia Pacific Leader’s Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to achieve this goal.

In a media release  14 November, the Executive Director ad interim of APLMA, Dr Ben Rolfe, described the 2030 goal as “game-changing” and was delighted that malaria elimination has become a regional responsibility that not only raises awareness around artemisinin-resistant malaria specific to the Asia Pacific, but also shows a coordinated movement among partner organizations. 

The EAS announcement also prompted an Op-ed by Indonesian billionaire philanthropist Dato Sri Tahir entitled; Eliminating malaria is good for business. The piece appeared in the South China Morning Post and described four main reasons why more heads of businesses in the Asia Pacific should pursue “an excellent investment” of malaria elimination.

The case for global malaria eradication was bolstered earlier this month by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who announced an additional $500million of funding through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to combat emerging diseases and eradicate malaria in his lifetime.  Mr Gates said efforts to control malaria must continue, such as bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, but "the only way to stop malaria is to end it forever”.

APMEN Co-Chair and Founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Sir Richard Feachem said he fully supports Gates’ vision for malaria eradication, and that the Asia Pacific region is leading the way for a successful global elimination campaign. 

Sir Richard’s clarion call in The Lancet Global Health identified three crucial elements for the successful elimination of malaria: political commitment, sustained and adequate finance and good management to overcome challenging problems. 

View related news and resources on the EAS 2030 goal from the APLMA website, http://aplma.org/resources 

Download this media release (pdf, 502 KB)

See also related Commentary: Asia Pacific adopts game-chaning goal to be malaria-free by 2030 by Erika Larson (Advocacy & Communications Manager of the Malaria Elimination Initiative at the Global Health Group at University of California, San Francisco)

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