A team from the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund is currently attending the 2012 Asia-Pacific Development Summit in Jakarta. Between 3 and 5 September participants at the summit are discussing how ‘Public-Private Partnerships can close regional health MDG gaps.
The Indonesian Health Ministry will play a leading role in hosting the conference, partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ASEAN Foundation, and the Office of the Special Envoy on MDGs to the President of the Republic of Indonesia. Representatives of public and private sectors from six ASEAN member countries and several countries outside the region, including China, India and the United States are in attendance. Amongst the participants are representatives from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Oil Search Health Foundation. Speakers addressing the summit include World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan, Indonesian Deputy Health Minister Ali Ghufron Mukti and ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan.
Last week, the director for maternal health of the Indonesian Health Ministry, Gita Maya Koemara Sakti, said that the conference aimed at promoting the strong partnerships between public and private sectors needed for an integrated strategy to improve public health, in particular child and maternal health, and to accelerate progress towards achieving the MDGs by 2015.
The aim of the high-level Development Summit is to identify multi-sectoral initiatives that:
- strengthen regional networks and policy coordination to address health challenges;
- amplify the voices of health officials and health stakeholders;
- catalyse public-private partnerships to close health MDG gaps.
Public-private partnerships have been a driving force behind the life-saving work of the Global Fund, which to date, has prevented the deaths of an estimated 8.7 million lives through treatment and disease prevention. The Global Fund has been instrumental in realising MDG 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and currently provides round 80 per cent of international funding for tuberculosis, 50 per cent for malaria and approximately 20 per cent for HIV.
The monumental impact of the GAVI Alliance got the spotlight on the second day of the Summit. Chris Elias, President of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation held a compelling presentation about the miracle of vaccines. Shortly followed by a panel discussion in which Deputy CEO of the GAVI Alliance, Helen Evans, highlighted some of the successes of immunisation.
Today, during the last day of the Summit, traditional and emerging Asia-Pacific development partners will further deepen the conversation to find ways to collectively advance health priorities in the region, and elevate health MDG gaps to the agenda of region fora.
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Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.