11–13 Mar 2014Manila, Philippines

Co-hosted by the Philippines Department of Health, APMEN VI brought together over 150 representatives from the Country Partners of APMEN, as well as policy makers, research and training partner institutes, funding bodies, and other stakeholders, to share knowledge on the latest developments in malaria and malaria elimination efforts from the region. The main meeting was once again attended by distinguished guests from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regional offices, and the Asian Development Bank. APMEN VI was also the first official engagement from new Country Partner Lao People’s Democratic Republic since joining APMEN in February 2014. 

During APMEN VI, the network’s sixth annual Business and Technical Meeting held on the 11 - 13 March, 2014 in Manila, representatives from 14 of the 15 APMEN Country Partners signed a Declaration of Commitment, ensuring their collective effort to achieve the national and subnational goals of elimination in the region.

The ‘Manila Declaration’, signed by the National Malaria Program managers and designates present at APMEN VI, re-affirms the long-term goals for each eliminating APMEN country, as well as reiterates the collective regional target for half the countries in the Asia Pacific region to have eliminated malaria by 2020. This target date was first committed by the Asia Pacific country leaders who attended the ‘Malaria 2012: Saving lives in the Asia Pacific’ conference held in Sydney, Australia, in November 2012.

In a press conference held on Tuesday 11 March in Manila, the Philippines’ Assistant Secretary of Health and Co-chair of APMEN VI, Dr Enrique A. Tayag, said APMEN VI would help build better plans to eliminate the disease in his country by the year 2020.

“The Philippines declares its solidarity with the APMEN Country Partners so that we can finally eliminate malaria as a public health threat in the region.” Assistant Secretary Tayag said.

“Exactly what are the plans, how are we going to implement them, and what is the regional cooperation that is needed, that’s the reason we are here for this meeting.”

Fellow Co-chair of the meeting Professor Sir Richard Feachem, Director of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, said the progress already shown toward malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific has been dramatic, and evidence of a successful collaboration among countries who share an important common goal of malaria elimination.

“The Philippines is making great progress and will eliminate malaria completely, from the island and all parts of the country by 2020 which will be a huge historical achievement.” Prof Feachem said.

APMEN VI Program

  • Session 1: Country Updates
  • Session 2: Partnerships for advocacy and funding
  • Session 3: APMEN Future Directions
  • Session 4: World Café — APMEN Achievements
  • Session 5: Update from APMEN Partner Institutions
  • Session 6: Sub-national elimination
  • Session 7: Close to Elimination: Going the last mile
  • Session 8: Closing session and APMEN VII Announcement

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APMEN VI Meeting Materials

Country Partner Leadership Meeting Materials

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