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4 November 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

New impetus to roll back malaria in Asia-Pacific

This morning during the final day of the Malaria 2012 conference hosted by AusAID in Sydney, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced that Australia pledges $100 million over the next four years to fight malaria in the Asia-Pacific, which could save 70,000 lives by 2015. The announcement came after two days of high-level sessions on malaria in the region, in which delegates made a strong call for more funding to eradicate malaria. In particular since the Asia-Pacific is the second worst-hit part of the world, recording 30 million cases of malaria and 42,000 deaths in 2010.

The new Australian push to roll back malaria in the Asia-Pacific region includes $20 million that will go specifically to three Pacific nations most affected by malaria: the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

This morning the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership launched their much anticipated report “Defeating malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe” to brief regional leaders on the impact of malaria on development and health systems in countries outside of Africa.

There has been wide media coverage of the Malaria 2012 conference, RBM report launch, and Australian aid announcement:

The conference outcome is the Sydney Consensus on Malaria Control and Elimination in the Asia-Pacific.

1 November 2012
Guest Contributor

Sydney welcomes High-level International Malaria Summit

Yesterday Sydney welcomed the launch of Malaria 2012: Saving Lives in the Asia-Pacific, hosted by AusAID. Between 31 October to 2 November, this regional summit sets out to accelerate progress in the Asia-Pacific region towards the global target of a 75 per cent reduction in malaria cases and deaths by 2015. It also aims to tackle drug resistant malaria by protecting the gains made to date in malaria control and elimination in the Asia-Pacific region by invigorating and sustaining the level of regional and international action in the Asia-Pacific region.

Malaria 2012 brings together representatives of countries from across the Asia-Pacific, international stakeholders, technical and donor institutions, representatives of the private sector, civil society and researchers over three days to explore regional challenges and possible solutions.

The meeting highlights the successes already made in the region and explores existing and new responses to the challenge of malaria control and elimination, including the dangers of emerging malaria drug resistance. Key themes include regional leadership and collaboration, meeting gaps in financing, improving access to quality medicines and commodities, and expanding coverage of key interventions that focus on the most vulnerable and at risk people.

Malaria 2012 will also seek to develop a consensus on priority issues and areas for action. A draft of the Consensus on Malaria Control and Elimination in the Asia-Pacific is available for consultation in the lead up to the conference. It identifies the key themes and proposed actions that will be explored during Malaria 2012. It is based on a synthesis of current knowledge and the recommendations agreed in March 2012 by partners of the ‘Joint Assessment of the Response to Artemisinin Resistance in the Greater Mekong Sub–region’.

Conference host AusAID was very pleased to welcome a high level delegation from the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. RBM holds the vital role as the only coordinating mechanism for the address of malaria worldwide. During the first plenary session, Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the RBM Partnership, highlighted the important role of partnership to achieve effective regional coordination and cross-border collaboration, and address emerging resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). With 14% of global malaria cases and 7% of global deaths, the  Asia-Pacific  bears the largest burden of malaria outside of Africa.

The summit is also joined by Chair of the Global Fund, Mr Simon Bland and Director of External Relations, Dr Christoph Benn. The Global Fund stands as a significant actor in the address of malaria within the region, with the Global Fund providing approximately 50 per cent of international financing for malaria.

Tomorrow, Australian Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr, and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, will conclude the Summit by co-hosting a high level ministerial meeting to discuss the findings of the previous days.

26 October 2012
Guest Contributor

UNICEF Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Australia

Personally hailed by Nelson Mandela as a South African ‘national icon’, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be arriving in Australia next week to promote awareness around malaria for the 2012 Malaria Conference in Sydney.

As a singer of superstar status across Africa, Yvonne is also tireless in her work influencing and educating people on the dangers of preventable and treatable diseases.

Yvonne’s visit to Australia follows the announcement of the 2012 International Malaria Summit, hosted in Sydney next week. The summit will involve several high-level meetings with various health ministers and experts from around the globe, as they specifically focus on addressing the regional threat of malaria within the Asia-Pacific Region.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 200 million malaria cases globally each year, with more than 30 million cases and 42,000 lives lost in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010 alone. More than 90 per cent of these deaths were in India, Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

RESULTS invites you to an evening with Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Our partners at RESULTS International (Australia) and UNICEF Australia have planned an evening of  entertainment with Yvonne, the acclaimed ‘Princess of Africa’, in Sydney, Wednesday, October 31, where Yvonne will sing and talk of her work as UNICEF’s Special Ambassador on Malaria and her role at the Sydney event Malaria 2012.

3 October 2012
Guest Contributor

Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

We are delighted to congratulate Mr. James Gilling on his appointment as the incoming Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Mr Gilling brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the address of communicable diseases within the Asia-Pacific Region, having served as the First Assistant Director General in the Policy and Sector Division of AusAID, where he was responsible for policy coordination on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB issues.

Following Mr Gilling’s appointment earlier today, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the role has been expanded to cover tuberculosis (TB) and malaria to reflect the major health challenges facing Australia’s region.

“This role shows Australia’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria” Senator Carr said. “Millions of people continue to be affected by these life-threatening diseases, which in 2010 alone claimed more than 3.5 million lives. Unfortunately, those suffering the most tend to be the poorest people in the poorest parts of the world.”

Senator Carr’s office noted that with more than 25 years experience in development and social research, Mr Gilling will represent Australia in promoting effective responses to HIV/AIDS and other global health challenges. This work will include continuing the Australian Government’s strong support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which through AusAID, has committed $210 million over the years 2011-2013.

We wish him every success in his new role.

27 September 2012
Guest Contributor

Australian PM joins UN Secretary General in prioritising malaria

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, the Australian Prime Minister lent her support of addressing the global burden of malaria. In her speech which detailed the practical progress necessary towards realising global goals  in the world, Julia Gillard announced that Australia would support the global fight against drug resistant malaria, stating “the Secretary-General has made malaria one of his key priorities for his second term. It is a priority we share.”

The Prime Minster also identified the clear relationship between addressing malaria, and the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals in the next three years. She described 2015 as both a goal and new point of departure for much new work. “Where the world has fallen short of ambitious goals, our response must be action, not disillusion,” said Ms Gillard. “This is what Australia will do. We will act.”

Earlier this year, the Australian Prime Minister accepted Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s invitation to co-chair the Millennium Development Goal Advocacy Group and to continue to advocate for practical progress in the coming three years. These goals include the eradication of extreme poverty, halving the incidence of malarial infections, cutting child-related mortality rated by two-thirds, and reversing the spread of HIV & AIDS.

Ms Gillard pledged Australia’s contribution towards the important work of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, affirming Australia considerable national experience in working with least developed countries – especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Later this year, Sydney will host Malaria 2012, bringing together political leaders, civil society and the private sector to accelerate efforts to control and eliminate malaria and combat climbing rates of drug resistance. Since 2000, the world has cut the number of deaths from malaria by 26 per cent. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2010 there were over 30 million malaria cases and 42,000 deaths in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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