AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Step Up the Fight: Private Sector Engagement in Malaria Elimination


Hotel Anantara Siam, Bangkok



Date & time

23 April 2019



23 April 2019


About this event

1. Introduction

Taking place in Bangkok Thailand, from 22 to 25 April 2019, Malaria Week 2019, will convene senior government officials from the region, leaders and experts from multilateral, bilateral, NGOs and academic agencies to work together for the elimination of malaria from Asia-Pacific by 2030. Malaria Week 2019 is hosted by the Government of Thailand in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA).

2. Accelerating Malaria Elimination with the Private Sector

Malaria elimination requires effective collaboration from a range of actors, including the Government, community and the private sector. The private sector is composed by a rich ecosystem of actors, each with their own set of resources, skills and capacities. These characteristics influence the role the private sector actors can play in malaria elimination.

This event “Step Up the Fight: Private Sector Engagement in Malaria Elimination” will highlight three examples of private sector engagement, focusing on the complementary role played by the private sector; from large corporations to small clinics.

3. Objective of the Event

The objective of the event is to demonstrate the role that different private sector actors can play to drive innovation; mobilize resources and awareness; and deliver malaria services to key populations. Three initiatives and approaches will be presented and debated with the audience:

  • Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI2E) Corporate Sector Platform: The platform engages the corporate sector to strengthen malaria elimination programs, initially in Myanmar, focusing on supply chain strengthening, and scaling of mobile technology and digital finance.
  • Private Funding for Malaria & M2030: The session will focus on the case for private funding for malaria elimination, highlighting recent commitments and initiatives, including M2030 (www.m2030.org).
  • Greater Mekong Subregion Elimination of Malaria through Surveillance program (GEMS): National Malaria Control Program representatives will showcase the engagement of private sector outlets to correctly test, treat and report malaria cases.

4. Target Audience

Government officials from 19 countries attending the Senior Officials Meeting; Development Partners; Businesses with an interest in driving innovations in malaria elimination.

5. Proposed program and agenda



Speakers/Panellists (TBC)


Opening Remarks

Dr. Ben Rolfe, CEO, APLMA

Dr. Urban Weber, Head, High Impact Asia Department, the Global Fund

Dr Rabindra Romauld Abeyasinghe, Coordinator, Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases Unit, WHO

Theme 1: The private sector and innovation: Highlight the Corporate Sector Platform-RAI2E


Lead partners: UNOPS, the Global Fund, and UMFCCI

This theme will highlight how businesses and foundations can support malaria elimination, including through RAI2E platform in Myanmar, by leveraging corporate skills, technology and innovationto resolve challenges and improve program implementation.

Dr. Faisal Mansoor, Head of Programme Unit, UNOPS.

Dr. Thaw Zin Oo, Program Coordinator, UMFCCI

Mr. Marcel Braun, Program Head, SMS for Life, Novartis Social Business

Telenor (speaker is tbc)


Q & A session

Theme 2: Private Funding for Malaria & M2030


Lead partners: M2030 and APLMA

This theme will highlight the case for private funding for malaria. DT Families Foundation/ Dhanin Tawee ChearavanontFoundation will talk about their motivations for engaging in malaria elimination.

M2030 partners will discuss how the initiative is mobilizing business leadership, funds and awareness for malaria programs.

Dr. Wit Soontaranun, Executive VP SCSC, DT Families Foundation/Dhanin TaweeChearavanont Foundation

Claire Bonnel, DirectorExternal Relations, APLMA

Clint Coo, COO, M2030

Dr. Mi Mi Khin, Facilities and Administration Director &

Dr. Nwe Ni Thein Linn
Business Analyst

Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospitals


Q & A session


Tea/Coffee break

Theme 3: Engagement with Private Sector Facilities (Greater Mekong Subregion Elimination of Malaria through Surveillance program)


Lead partner: Population Services International (PSI)

Case studies on how engaging the private sector facilities in malaria control/elimination programs in Myanmar and Lao has led to increased coverage of key interventions and better reach in rural/remote areas and opportunities and challenges for expanding similar models to other countries.

Dr. RattanaxayPhetsouvanh, MD, Msc. Trop., PhD

Director General, Department of Communicable Disease Control

Ministry of Health, Lao P.D.R.


Dr. Aung Thi, Deputy Director (Malaria), Dept of Public Health, Myanmar

Kemi Tesfazghi, PSI Population Services International


Q & A session



To confirm your participation, please RSVP to [email protected] by April 5. Kindly mention the event title “Step Up the Fight: Private Sector Engagement in Malaria Elimination” in your RSVP email.

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