Malaria is a life-threatening disease that causes enormous human suffering and hundreds of thousands of deaths globally. Malaria is both preventable and treatable.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 200 million malaria cases globally each year, with more than 30 million cases and 42,000 lives lost in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010 alone. More than 90 per cent of these deaths were in India, Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Great progress has been made by countries in the Asia-Pacific region in controlling malaria over the past decade, but these gains are now threatened by the emergence of drug resistance in the region.
The aim of the Malaria 2012 conference is to accelerate progress towards the global target of a 75 per cent reduction in malaria cases and deaths in the Asia-Pacific region by 2015.
The conference brought together representatives of regional governments, international donors, the business sector and non-government organisations. It culminated in a ministerial level meeting hosted by The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Bob Carr and the UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Mr Ray Chambers.
Participants agreed to work together to achieve goals, targets and priority actions in the Asia-Pacific region.
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