The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) held its seventh annual business and technical meeting (APMEN VII) on the 24th – 27th March in Hoi An, Vietnam.
The APMEN VII meeting was opened by co-chairs Dr. Tran Dac Phu, Director-General of Preventive Medicine, Vietnam Ministry of Health, and Professor Sir Richard Feachem, Director of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco. More than 120 technical experts, partner institutions and representatives of the 17 Country Partners from the region convened to share knowledge, discuss progress and challenges for malaria elimination. Distinguished guests included representatives from the Vietnam National Institute for Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) and the Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (Quy Nhon), the Namibian former Minister of Health the Honorable Dr Richard Kamwi, Dr Richard Cibulskis from the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme, and representatives from regional malaria elimination initiatives in southern Africa (Elimination 8) and Latin America (Elimination of Malaria in Mesoamerica and Hispaniola, EMMIE). In addition to new Country Partners Bangladesh and India, APMEN officially welcomed three new partner institutions to the network, including Population Services International (PSI), Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University (ANU).
Day one of the technical meeting was themed, the challenges to and tools for reaching the goal of an Asia Pacific region free of malaria in 2030. Sub-themes included: financing elimination; operational and technical approaches to vivax malaria, vector control, and surveillance and response; emerging tools and evidence to support elimination and engaging and sustaining political commitment.
To reaffirm APMEN’s commitment to the 2030 regional goal, the country partners at the meeting agreed to the ‘Hoi An Endorsement’ (link to Hoi An Endorsement story), which recognizes the landmark consensus of the Asian Pacific leaders to achieving elimination within their countries and freeing the region from one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
Continuing the focus on learning from others meeting participants undertook an informative study tour to Thang Binh District Health Center (DHC) and Binh Nguyen Commune Health Station in Quảng Nam province, Vietnam, under the guidance of Dr Van Nguyen Van from the Center for Malaria and Goitre Control of Quang Nam Province. The aim of the study tour was to increase understandings of the health system in Vietnam, and view first-hand an example of malaria case management in an elimination setting.
An inspiring speech delivered by the Honorable Dr. Kamwi from Namibia concluded the final session which heard from Ms. Kudzai Makomva, Director of Elimination 8 (southern Africa), and Dr Norma Padilla, Regional coordinator of EMMIE (Latin America). Dr Kamwi reflected on the importance of collaboration with and between other regional malaria elimination initiatives.
The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network wishes to acknowledge the following organisations for their support of APMEN VII: Ministry of Health Vietnam, the Vietnam National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology (NIMPE), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and primary funding agency the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia.
- Session 1: Paving the way to regional malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific region
- Session 2: Country Updates
- Session 3: Asia Pacific 2030 Elimination: What is needed to achieve this goal — Technical considerations
- Session 4: Asia Pacific 2030 Elimination: What is needed to achieve this goal — Financial considerations
- Session 5: Asia Pacific 2030 Elimination: Operational considerations
- Session 6: APMEN Scientific World Café: As the Asia Pacific region moves towards elimination, scientific challenges and questions arise
- Session 7: Understanding and defining communities at risk of malaria
- Session 8: Engaging populations at risk of malaria
- Session 9: Bringing services to populations at risk
- Session 10: Breakout Groups: Ensuring healthy populations for malaria freedom in the Asia Pacific region
- Session 11: Integration into National Processes: The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria/Towards a Malaria-Free World: A Global Case for Investment and Action 2016-2030
- Session 12: Malaria freedom in other regions: regional elimination approaches
- Session 13: Consultation on the APLMA 2030 Elimination Roadmap
- Session 14: Business Meeting
- Session 15: Closing session
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