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Background – Elimination in the Asia Pacific 1960s and 70s - Several countries in Asia Pacific Region achieved and have since maintained a malaria free.

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2 Background – Elimination in the Asia Pacific 1960s and 70s - Several countries in Asia Pacific Region achieved and have since maintained a malaria free status, including: Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, and Taiwan However, malaria remains a major problem for large parts of the Region Fortunately, the last decade has seen a renewed commitment to malaria control As a result of intensified control efforts and improving socioeconomic conditions, many countries in the Asia Pacific Region have made great strides and are now moving toward elimination

3 Remarkable progress made toward malaria elimination in Asia Pacific countries, however efforts under-recognized and under-supported Limited venues for Asia Pacific countries and institutions to interact on issues pertaining to malaria elimination Development of the Network in 2008  Leadership of Sir Richard Feachem  UCSF Global Health Group (GHG)  University of Queensland  AusAID  WHO SEARO and WPRO Announcement of the Inaugural Meeting made by the then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the September 2008 United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York Concept and Development of APMEN

4 Inaugural Member Countries Country Partners Bhutan China Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Republic of Korea Solomon Islands Sri Lanka Vanuatu Other countries to be included as progress toward elimination is made.

5 APMEN Academic and Multilateral Agencies Partner Institutions Partner Institutions ACTMalaria Armed Forces Research Institute for Medical Science (AFRIMS) AusAID Australian Army Malaria Institute (AAMI) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Burnet Institute Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Indonesia Institute of Medical Research, Papua New Guinea Karolinska Institutet Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) Menzies School of Health Research Malaria Elimination Group (MEG) Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Pacific Malaria Initiative Support Centre (PacMISC) Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Philippines Roll Back Malaria (RBM) UNICEF USAID, Regional Development Mission/Asia University of Melbourne (Nossal Institute for Global Health) WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) WHO Partners SEARO WPRO Global Malaria Programme (GMP) APMEN Joint-Secretariat School of Population Health, University of Queensland Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco

6 Inaugural Meeting Brisbane, February 8-11, 2009 Exploring possibilities and agreeing on a common goal

7 Inaugural Meeting Brisbane, Australia, February 8-11, 2009 Co-hosted by GHG in partnership with University of Queensland, AusAID, and in close collaboration with WHO Shared successes and challenges  Country Updates on progress toward elimination  Presentations on core challenges for elimination – vivax diagnostics and treatment, M&E, surveillance, mapping, vector control Established core objectives and identified work stream initiatives for the Network Australian government’s commitment to the Network was underscored in the opening address given by Bob McMullan, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance

8 Funding Secured November 2009 AusAID funding for APMEN announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Health and Ageing during a meeting with Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). 16/11/2009 Global Health Group component funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Maxine Whittaker component supported by University of Queensland Cost sharing for attendance at APMEN II requested of and provided by various Partner Institutions First APMEN work plan for 2010 approved in June 2010

9 APMEN II Kandy, Sri Lanka, February 16-19, 2010 Laying the foundation for the Network – commencing activities

10 APMEN II Kandy, Sri Lanka, February 16-19, 2010 Hosted by Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and APMEN Key achievements Of APMEN II meeting  Shared successes and challenges – Country Updates on progress toward elimination – Presentations on core challenges for elimination – vivax diagnostics and treatment, M&E, surveillance, mapping, vector control  Established core objectives and identified work stream initiatives for the Network

11 Information Sharing Website Translation Annual Meetings and Study tours Supporting others and Sharing Information Share information and develop expert consensus on issues relating to malaria elimination, in order to support policy and decision making at the country level

12 2010 Progress – Information Sharing APMEN II meeting held in Kandy, Sri Lanka, included Vivax and Vector working group meetings and a study tour www.apmen.org re branded and re structured is now providing a means of communication among APMEN and with the larger malaria community, as well as links to relevant country and regional resources www.apmen.org Permanent website now hosted by UQ Secretariat Total of 2600 Visitors to the website since its re launch in March, 2010 with a total of 10243 page visits National strategic plans from APMEN countries have been collected from some network countries to be shared with others and help inform development of guidelines

13 Building the Evidence Base Case studies Vivax Working Group Vector Working Group APMEN Research Grants Program Support country decision making through building of the evidence base for malaria elimination, with a particular focus on Plasmodium vivax

14 2010 Progress– Evidence Base The Vivax Working Group and Vector Control Working Group meetings took place in conjunction with APMEN II in Kandy, Sri Lanka Objectives and Terms of Reference for both working groups were drafted and agreed to by Network A case study on Sri Lanka’s malaria control and elimination program is close to finalization A case study on Jiangsu Province’s use of mass primaquine began

15 2010 Progress– Evidence Base Vector Control Working Group commenced survey development Potential future case studies  Brunei malaria elimination experience  Cross-border collaborations –Bhutan/Assam, China/Myanmar  Use of community health workers for malaria surveillance in remote areas, Sabah, Malaysia

16 Research Grant Program: Round one (vivax) Managed by the Vivax Working Group Coordination Team, operational at Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia Launched 25 June 2010 16 pre-proposals submitted for a broad range of short–term operational research Support in proposal writing and follow-up for methodological issues provided by the staff as capacity building activity 14 full proposals received for total of AUD$615,000 Total funding for research grants AUD$340,000 to be awarded in late 2010, early 2011.

17 Capacity Building APMEN Fellowship Program and other activities Increase expertise and capacity to carry out elimination activities through guidance, training, and sharing of experiences 2010 APMEN Fellowship recipients

18 APMEN Fellowship Program Fellowship Program Objectives and TOR drafted and agreed to by Network Fellowship Program launched on World Malaria Day, 2010 10 Fellowship Program applications received from 6 countries (including one non-APMEN Country Partner application) 5 Fellowships awarded (range of countries, topics and host institutions) Support in proposal writing, and follow-up for methodological issues provided by the staff as capacity building activity

19 Leadership and Advocacy Generate awareness Garner support Provide leadership and advocacy for malaria elimination in the region by expanding international and domestic awareness, funding, and support

20 2010 Progress– Advocacy APMEN and elimination efforts in the region becoming recognized among malaria community and publicized in general public APMEN referred to in 4 publications Presentations and representation at meetings (MEG, ICOPA, JITMM) Continued support garnered from major donors, political leaders Developed APMEN advocacy strategy and work plan One page brochure developed Media coverage for annual meeting, Fellowship, Research Grants and Lancet commentary Interest from various parties, including new countries (Thailand) and partner institutions (LSHTM)

21 Emerging Priorities Community Cross Border others emerging issues Facilitate support for emerging priorities for malaria elimination especially in the Asia Pacific Regions

22 2010 Progress– Emerging priorities Community participation and cross border group discussions at APMEN II Community forum on ACT Malaria website commenced Panning for literature review of role of community in elimination underway Cross-border & regional collaboration assistance provided to Bhutan

23 Governance and Secretariat Coordination Management Funding Linkages Planning and Reporting Provide a governance structure for the Network to support and facilitate efficient and transparent management processes as well as to enable the effective work of the Network

24 2010 Progress– Governance and Secretariat Governance structure drafts reviewed and edited with final agreement from the network in April Joint-Secretariat:  UQ and GHG Co-coordinators established  Program manager and officer recruited at UQ Secretariat  1 part time staff hired at the GHG Secretariat  Vivax Working Group Coordinating Team – 3 staff mobilised

25 Important dates Key Dates 2011 APMEN III Annual Business and Technical meeting May 9 – 13, 2011 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 2011 APMEN Research Grant Program Round 2 – Vivax 2011 APMEN Fellowship applications open January


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