The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance is an initiative of Asia Pacific Heads of Government to eliminate malaria from the region by 2030 #MFAP2030
While malaria was once one of the world’s biggest killers, its burden is now much reduced. Yet still today, 200m people develop the disease each year and over two billion people in the Asia Pacific are at risk of infection.
Despite these alarming numbers, the campaign against malaria is a global health success story. The Asia Pacific region is on target to achieve a World Health Assembly Goal of a 75% reduction in the number of cases and deaths between 2000 and 2015. Intensive efforts have already averted more than 100,000 deaths in the region since 2000.
Following this success, it may seem timely to shift resources to address other issues. Unfortunately that simple logic is dangerously wrong. We need to go the final mile against malaria or we risk a malaria resurgence that will undermine what has been achieved to date. Recent progress has been due to a concerted effort and more resources. Less of either risks resurgence of the disease.
APLMA is a high level political advocacy platform established to accelerate political commitment, mobilize country and regional action, and track progress to reduce malaria in line with global targets. APLMA also aims to support efforts to eliminate resistance to the front line malaria drug, artemisinin.
APLMA has supported policy action through two expert taskforces focused on: Improving access to quality malaria medicines and other technologies (such as rapid diagnostic tests, long lasting bed nets and insecticides); and Regional Malaria Financing.
Task force recommendations culminated in the adoption of the unprecedented goal of an Asia Pacific free of malaria by 2030 at the 2014 East Asia Summit .