National and provincial malaria control staff and in-country experts in the region face a number of challenges to ensuring the necessary functions to support effective malaria program delivery. As many countries transition from malaria control to elimination, they require a degree of coverage that most health programmes in the Asia Pacific region have not yet achieved. For many health programs, this high coverage must also be achieved in the context of a progressive evolution toward more integrated service delivery.
These challenges require development of the capacity of institutions and key health staff involved in malaria elimination, especially as experienced, long-term malaria control staff move on to other roles. To reach and sustain elimination requires strong national programme leadership and availability of a range of trained staff in the locations where they are most needed. Retention of that capacity will be promoted if the cohort of emerging leaders in management and implementation is strengthened.
APMEN supports a range of innovative capacity building activities to strengthen the human resource capacity of the region to achieve elimination. Through its Network, APMEN assists malaria program staff to develop linkages with a range of potential collaborators and mentors, and provides opportunities to mutually broaden understanding of the regional context of elimination.
One of APMEN's most well-known and successful capacity strengthening activities is the APMEN Fellowship Program. APMEN Fellowships are awarded to malaria elimination professionals who have been identified as future leaders in their fields, and whose expertise supports the priorities of their country national malaria programs. APMEN Fellowships provide opportunities for short-term field work, professional development and advanced training in techniques that are important to malaria elimination but not customarily available in the recipient’s home country.
Fellowships aim to help promote cooperation and collaboration in achieving malaria elimination, and to equip the next generation of leaders and health workers from low and middle-income malaria-endemic regions with the tools and training to guide malaria elimination in the critical coming decades. Between 2010 and 2016, APMEN awarded 27 Fellowships to Fellows from nine countries. For more details on the Fellowship Program please see our program evaluation The APMEN Fellowship Program: Supporting future leaders in malaria elimination.
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