Asian-Pacific leaders strategise to combat malaria

Leaders of the Asia-Pacific on Thursday announced a new initiative to accelerate the elimination of malaria in the Asia-Pacific region.

The leaders said this at the 2018 World Economic Forum on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Vietnam’s Hanoi capital on Thursday.

M2030,a platform established on World Malaria Day 2018, aims to bring together some of the most influential businesses in Asia to raise funds, engage consumers as agents of change and sustain political support for malaria elimination by 2030.

According to the World Health Organisation, in 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria globally, up five million cases over 2015.

Meanwhile, deaths reached 445,000, a similar number to the previous year.

In 2016, some 2.7 billion dollars was invested in malaria control and elimination efforts globally by governments of malaria endemic countries and international partners, far from what was required to combat the disease more effectively.