Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
The announcement follows World Malaria Day on 25 April.
Malaria is a wholly preventable and treatable disease which causes more than 650,000 deaths worldwide every year and which killed more than 42,000 people in the Asia-Pacific in 2010.
Since 2007, World Malaria Day has focussed global attention on the need for sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.
Last year Australia sponsored a declaration about malaria at the East Asia Summit and leaders committed to a strengthened regional response to the urgent challenge of drug-resistant malaria.
The decision to take a leadership role in the Alliance helps deliver on the declaration and the commitments made at Australia’s Malaria 2012 conference.