Asia-Pacific’s fight against malaria gets a boost from Australia

Monday, February 24, 2014

The fight to eradicate malaria in Asia-Pacific has been given a significant boost following Australia’s latest $16 million commitment to the region’s multi-donor trust fund against the mosquito-borne disease.

The trust fund, part of a larger initiative called the Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance convened last October during the annual East Asia Summit, now has about $36 million in contributions after the United Kingdom earlier pledged about $20 million. APLMA is currently co-chaired by Australia and Vietnam, while the trust fund itself is managed by the Asian Development Bank.

In a statement, Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said her country’s contribution will mainly focus on two things: containing malaria drug resistance and funding anti-malaria programs.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

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