Vietnam supports commitment for a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030
At the 2014 East Asia Summit, leaders in the Asia Pacific together with the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) endorsed a goal to eliminate malaria from the region by 2030. Vietnam is a co-chair of APLMA and this week, the country highlights its regional leadership by hosting Ministry of health officials from 17 countries at the seventh annual Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network(APMEN) meeting. The meeting provides a platform for countries in the region to share knowledge on common challenges, promote cross-border collaboration and foster political commitment to eliminate malaria by 2030.
Since 2000, Vietnam has reduced malaria cases by 90% (World Malaria Report, 2014), but this continued success relies on sustained political and financial commitment. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung can serve as a model of providing the necessary high-level political leadership for malaria elimination by ensuring the necessary political and financial support is sustained to achieve this historic goal.
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