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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/


April 7, 2014 - World Health Day recap


Media Release: Lao PDR joins APMEN 

Lao People's Democratic Republic joins APMEN as the Network's fifteenth Country Partner. 

Download the full Media Release here [PDF, 575Kb]