Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN)
Twelve countries working towards elimination are located in the Asia Pacific Region: Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vanuatu.
Many of these countries have achieved significant gains in malaria elimination; others are just starting. But unlike countries in sub-Saharan Africa, all face the common challenge of having to eliminate Plasmodium vivax.
The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) was established in 2009 to bring attention and support to the under-appreciated and little-known work of malaria elimination in Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Plasmodium vivax. APMEN is composed of twelve Asia Pacific countries that are pursing malaria elimination, as well as leaders and experts from key multilateral and academic agencies. The mission of this diverse, but cohesive network, is to collaboratively address the unique challenges of malaria elimination in the region through leadership, advocacy, capacity building, knowledge exchange, and building of the evidence base.
4th annual meeting - Seoul, Korea from May 7 - 11, 2012
3rd annual meeting - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from May 9 - 12, 2011
2nd annual meeting - Kandy, Sri Lanka from February 16 - 19, 2010
Inaugural meeting - Brisbane, Australia in February 2009
Publications in peer-reviewed journals
Trends in malaria research in 11 Asian Pacific countries: an analysis of peer-reviewed publications over two decades
Andersen F, et al., Malaria Journal, 10:131, 2011
Malaria elimination in Asia-Pacific: an under-told story
Hsiang MS, Abeyasinghe R, Whittaker M, Feachem RGA, The Lancet, 375: 1586-7, 2010
APMEN Research Grant Program
On June 25, 2010 APMEN launched a Research Grant Program which aims to assist in the development of new tools and measures to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific Region. In this inaugural funding round, grants will focus on the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, whose persistent liver stage makes it less vulnerable to elimination efforts. Proposals for short-term operational research or a scientific evaluation of an existing program can be submitted from individuals or organizations from the eleven APMEN countries and must be endorsed by their National Malaria Control Program. These research grants will also strengthen the exchanges and lesson sharing between APMEN Countries and Partner Institutions in the region and are made possible with support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
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APMEN Fellowship Program
To commemorate World Malaria Day 2010 on April 25th, APMEN has launched a fellowship program that aims to train the next generation of regional leaders and health workers with the critical resources to guide elimination efforts in the next decades. Up to five fellows from the APMEN partner countries will be selected annual for short-term training opportunities with a partner country malaria program or institution. Secretariat support for APMEN is provided by the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Queensland.
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