World leaders have launched new global and regional initiatives to end the lethal mosquito-borne infection malaria by strengthening new commitments, eradication strategies, tools and funding mechanisms.
Nafsiah Mboi, special envoy of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), told The Jakarta Post that malaria has again been placed as a priority on the global health agenda.
“Malaria is of great health concern with the resurgence of increasing drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong subregion,” said Mboi, a former health minister, before leaving for New York for a UN meeting last week.
The region’s leaders will come up with new roadmaps to eradicate the disease by 2030 during their upcoming meeting in Kuala Lumpur in November. “The Asia-Pacific region is ready to be part of the global initiative to fight against malaria with new funding schemes, methods and strategies,” she said.
About 18 Asia-Pacific leaders established the alliance during an East Asian Summit in Brunei Darussalam in 2013 to double efforts to eradicate malaria from the region out of concerns of the disease’s increasing drug resistance.
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