New partnership seeks to raise malaria awareness

Malaria No More (MNM) recently entered into a partnership with the Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to combat malaria in Asia.

A major component of the partnership is the Private Sector APLMA Champions Group, which will leverage a coalition of private sector leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to raise awareness of malaria as a roadblock to economic growth, according to a MNM press release.

"Our mission of fighting poverty and protecting the futures of this region's residents is inherently tied to the fight against malaria," Patricia Moser, a lead health specialist at the ADB, said. "The APLMA Champions Group will increase cooperation and collaboration of those working hardest in this fight, propelling us faster toward our shared goal of malaria elimination in Asia."

Representatives from the partnership, as well as the American Chamber of Commerce, Chevron, ExxonMobil and others, met on Thursday in Singapore at an event designed to address current challenges and bring private sector partners together.

The Asia-Pacific region reports 32 million cases of malaria every year. Resistance to artemisinin, a critical component in effective malaria treatments, recently spread across the Greater Mekong Subregion. Traditionally, resistance to malarial treatments spreads from Asia to Africa and accounts for more than 90 percent of malarial deaths.