Asian Development Bank (ADB) Regional Malaria Trust Fund Meeting (Monday 4 December)
“Resources are not unlimited; they are very limited. With our resource constraints, efficiency is very, very important for us. To tackle our elimination targets, we must make rational use of our resources.” Dr Zaw Lin, Deputy Malaria Program Manager, Myanmar
At the first meeting of Malaria Week 2017, partners convened to discuss the success of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) financing mechanism for malaria – the Regional Malaria and Other Communicable Disease Threats Trust Fund (RMTF) – as well as the critical need to re-commit to malaria elimination funding in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Since 2014, the ADB has leveraged nearly US$30 million support from the governments of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom to almost US$200 million in funding for malaria elimination activities. As the first round of RMTF funding finishes at the end of 2017, the discussion during this session inevitably turned to other critical opportunities for malaria funding in the region.
Dr Rima Shretta of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), outlined her recent research that suggests a clear and significant windfall for countries who commit to malaria financing. The regional investment case, developed by the UCSF Malaria Elimination Initiative, indicates that regional elimination in Asia Pacific is possible by 2030. With increased malaria funding to achieve this goal, more than US$90 billion can be saved and invested in other health priorities. Increased funding also has the potential to save more than 400,000 lives.
On the crucial topic of mobile and migrant populations, Montira Inkochasan, Regional Migration Health Programme Support Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangkok outlined three important keys to success in expanding access to malaria care for vulnerable groups:
Other topics of discussion during the meeting included:
Presentations from this session:
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