“We are in this together. We have to work together with greater urgency to reach our goal.”
Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA) Board Chair, Ruby Shang.
The third annual APLMA Senior Officials Meeting involved representatives from 22 countries and numerous partner agencies, with the focused task of discussing how to move towards the 2030 malaria elimination goal in Asia and the Pacific.
In a welcome address to delegates, Dr Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and Sports of the Government of Myanmar highlighted the success of the malaria program in Myanmar, but noted that to reach elimination the program must find new sources of funding to support the ambitious goals.
As a key partner in malaria elimination, Dr Swarup Sarkar, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases in the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO-SEARO) outlined the WHO vision for malaria elimination. Making the crucial point: “Elimination of disease, control of communicable disease threats, cannot be achieved by just a health response. It requires a multisectoral response.”
Throughout the day, countries and partners delivered presentations highlighting progress with malaria activities progress as well as challenges flowing from the six priorities of the APLMA Leaders’ Roadmap. Countries from Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea shared local experiences, successes and lessons learned in tackling malaria.
The meeting concluded with a discussion on the Draft APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard. This was the first time countries had reviewed and discussed the new tool for monitoring progress and implementation of the Roadmap priorities together.
Presentations from this session:
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