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WORLD HEALTH
ORGANIZATION
ORGANISATION MONDIALE
DE LA SANTE
REGIONAL OFFICE FOR THE WESTERN PACIFIC
BUREAU REGIONAL DU PACIFIQUE OCCIDENTAL
REGIONAL COMMITTEE
WPRJRC64/IG0/3
Sixty-fourth session
Manila, Philippines
21-25 October 2013
24 October 2013
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH
Agenda item 15.8
STATEMENT BY THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
By Ms Sri Retnaningdiyah Hastuti Soetantri, Transport Specialist
Director General Chan, Honorable Ministers, Regional Director Shin, colleagues, ladies and
gentlemen, I appreciate the opportunity to speak here today at the 64th Regional Committee Meeting
for the Western Pacific Region ofthe World.Health Organization.
At the Asian Development Bank, we are pleased that the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria
Alliance, or APLMA, was established by the Heads of Government of the 18 nations of the East Asia
Summit in Brunei Darussalam on 10 October and that ADB was confirmed to host the APLMA
secretariat. We appreciate the leadership of the Prime Ministers of Australia and Viet Nam in
proposing and co-Chairing the Alliance. In addition to the East Asia Summit nations, the APLMA
also in'vites the countries of the Pacific region to join the Alliance. As Secretariat, we will be reaching
out to malaria-affected countries in the Pacific in the corning weeks to corumn their membership.
We look forward to supporting the APLMA and its Task Forces on access to quality_malaria
medicines and technologies and on developing sustained financing for malaria. These activities will
be fully in partnership with WHO and its regional offices. We hope that the countries represented
here will participate and contribute to the APLMA and to the work of the Task Forces. The end goal
of the APLMA is to support countries in Asia and the Pacific to achieve malaria control and
elimination goals and to contain arternisinin resistance.
In addition, in connection with the Task Force on sustained financing for malaria, the ADB
will be working together with countries in the region to determine the need, as well as the instrument
and governance structure, for a regional fund for malaria and other health threats. This fund would be
complementary and additive to national and global resources available for malaria and other
communicable diseases. We look forward to discussing this new initiative with many of you in the
corning months.
This work builds on our on-going collaboration with WPRO on control of communicable
diseases, as exemplified in our recently co-published study on the use of larvivorous fish in the
Mekong region to reduce dengue mosquitoes.
Again, our appreciation to Dr Shin and to the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
for this opportunity to be here today.
Thank you.
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