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Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard will co-chair the newly formed Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), which will bring together leaders from the region to fight malaria.

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.

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