Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA)

Regional challenges

Southeast Asia is challenged by the persistence and spread of malaria parasites that are resistant to first-line treatments, while Papua New Guinea is experiencing a resurgence of malaria.

Although substantial reductions in the number of malaria cases and deaths in the Indo-Pacific region were achieved between 2010 and 2017, the burden of malaria remains too high. In 2017, 13.15 million people in our region were infected with malaria.

The fight against malaria can be fragile. While the number of new malaria cases globally has declined since 2010, the rate of decline has stalled in the last two years.

In countries that have successfully reduced malaria rates, such as the Greater Mekong Subregion, drug-resistant malaria remains a challenge and the disease is becoming concentrated in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, particularly in border regions.

How will we address the challenge?

By mobilising political, financial, and technical support tailored to the particular malaria situation faced by countries in our region.

Formed at the 2013 East Asia Summit at the initiative of co-chairs Australia and Vietnam, the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) is a high-level initiative for collective action to eliminate malaria across Asia and the Pacific by 2030. The APLMA Malaria Elimination Roadmap was developed in 2015 as a framework to achieve malaria elimination, aligned to national and World Health Organization malaria strategies. The APLMA Secretariat exists to drive implementation of the Malaria Elimination Roadmap and track its progress.

The APLMA Secretariat delivers its objectives through advocacy and outreach; fostering and strengthening partnerships and innovation; and providing policy guidance. The Secretariat also organises a regular Senior Officials Meeting (known as ‘Malaria Week’) to review progress and outcomes; works with partner government agencies to engage regional fora such as the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN hub, the East Asia Summit (EAS), and the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC); and advocates to expand coverage of malaria interventions and increase funding for malaria elimination.

The APLMA Secretariat also supports the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), a network of national malaria control programs in 21 countries and 50 partner institutions committed to realising malaria elimination in the region. APMEN connects researchers and malaria control officials, facilitates the exchange of technical advice, and supports fellowships for emerging developing country researchers.

Where:

Across the Indo-Pacific. A total of 24 countries have endorsed the APLMA Malaria Elimination Roadmap, including the following 17 malaria-endemic countries: Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Vanuatu; Vietnam.

21 countries are members of APMEN: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; DPR Korea; India; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Republic of Korea; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Vanuatu; Vietnam

Partners:

Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance and Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APLMA / APMEN) - $10 million 2017-2022.

What will success look like?

Continued strong political leadership for malaria control and elimination efforts in the region and those efforts better coordinated and better informed by science.