In the largest meeting of the Network to date, over 120 representatives from 13 of the 14 APMEN Country Partners (Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Democratic Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vanuatu Vietnam, Cambodia & Nepal), partner institutions, meeting observers, and friends of APMEN converged on the beautiful, tropical surrounds of Bali to once again share valuable knowledge on malaria elimination within the Asia Pacific region.
Affectionately referred to as “APMEN Lima”, the annual meeting celebrated the Network’s successes from on-going efforts to reduce malaria across the Asia Pacific region, and acknowledged the collective progress over the previous 12 months.
Day One began with a focus on host country Indonesia, whose significant achievements in malaria elimination were shared with the main meeting. These achievements were further supported by a report back from the APMEN Site Tour delegation conducted the week prior to APMEN V. The Site Tour travelled to Aceh province and the island of Sabang in the most Western part of the Indonesian archipelago, to examine the extensive progress in malaria elimination. The group was split into two teams, surveillance and political and community commitment, and over a very busy three day schedule met with the Planning and Development office of Sabang, Provincial and District health officials, staff and volunteers from sub-district community health centres (Puskesmas), and with the Mayor of Sabang and the Vice-Governor of Aceh.
APMEN Lima was the first opportunity to welcome newest Country Partners, Vietnam and Nepal, and representatives Dr Quang Thieu and Dr Garib Das Thakur gave valuable insight into challenges for malaria elimination in their countries. Recipients of APMEN’s research grants and fellowship programs were showcased and demonstrated the vital role that partner institutions play within the Network. Research grant poster presentations from both Vivax and Vector Working groups provided an informative backdrop for the APMEN products and tools launch which introduced the APMEN Vector Pocket Guide and a Standard Operating Procedures DVD on Plasmodium vivax DNA extraction, amongst other materials.
The first day concluded with a dinner reception hosted by the by the Vice Minister of Health, Professor Ali Gufron who presented alongside APMEN V co-chairs of the meeting Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health Dr TjandraYoda Aditama and Sir Richard Feachem (Director, University of California, San Francisco, Global Health Group), and Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Mr James Gilling (AusAID First Assistant Secretary, Policy and Sector Division).
Sessions on Day Two focused on ‘Action’, and attendees discussed technical targeting of ‘Hotspots and Hotpops’; using surveillance, GIS for active case-detection, vector control measures and accurate dosage of primaquine in high-risk settings for Plasmodium falciparum elimination.
In a strategic session on sustainable financing for malaria elimination, APMEN heard from special guest, Dr Scott Filler, from The Global Fund who explained the new funding mechanism and the implications for the Network. Two case studies from APMEN Country Partners, the Philippines and Malaysia gave an overview of their respective involvement with various government departments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to tackle malaria elimination, with particular regard to migrant populations.
APMEN would like to thank the Ministry of Health, Indonesia, and the team from the National Malaria Control Program who took the lead in making APMEN V such a success, the UQ Secretariat team (Professor Maxine Whittaker, Ms Arna Chancellor, Ms Amanda Lee and Ms Melanie Kawa), GHG Secretariat team (Dr Roly Gosling, Ms Cara Smith Gueye and Ms Hyunju Woo), the Vivax Coordinating team (Dr Ric Price, Dr Lorenz von Seidlein, Ms Amanda Murphy and Dr Sarah Auburn) and Vector Control Working Group Chair Dr Moh Seng Chang, and the Vector Control Working Group Transition Support Team from ACTMalaria.
- Session 1: Report back from Aceh Study Tour
- Session 2: Elimination in Indonesia: Progress and Prospects
- Session 3: New APMEN Countries: An Introduction
- Session 4: RBM Progress & Impact Series
- Session 5: APMEN Fellows
- Session 6: APMEN Research Grants
- Session 7: P. falciparum Elimination: Targeting action
- Session 8: Action to secure financing for malaria elimination
- Session 9: Closing Session
*please contact us if you would like a copy of any presentation from this meeting
- Meeting Agenda
- Meeting Summary Notes
- APMEN V Meeting Summary Statement
- APMEN V Media Release
- Advisory Board Meeting Minutes
Aceh Study Tour Materials
- Vivax Working Group Meeting
- Vector Control Working Group Meeting