Yoma Strategic Holdings participate in malaria elimination plan

A nurse giving an injection as part of a malaria vaccine trial at a clinic.  Photo: AFP
A nurse giving an injection as part of a malaria vaccine trial at a clinic. Photo: AFP

Yoma Strategic Holdings will lead the private sector in joining in a national plan for malaria elimination.
Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), an affiliation of Asian and Pacific heads of government, and Yoma Strategic will jointly implement eliminating malaria in Myanmar by 2030 and have signed a partnership agreement for malaria elimination yesterday at Melia Hotel in Yangon.
Through public-private partnership in Myanmar, awareness campaigns of malaria will be conducted across the country. They will also conduct fundraising events for malaria elimination programme, led by the Ministry of Health and Sports, said CEO Mr. Melvyn Pun of Yoma Strategic.
Yoma will hold educative talks concerning malaria disease. Awareness campaigns and fundraising events will be carried out through Wave Money, Pun Hlaing Siloam and Yoma’s partner organizations, he continued.
Myanmar showed a significant improvement in malaria control and elimination programme in the past decade. Outbreak of malaria has been remarkably declining and Myanmar is expected to end malaria outbreak within five or ten years. Private sector participation will accelerate the implementation of malaria elimination plan, said Mr. Benjamin Rolfe, CEO of APLMA.
In 2017, malaria outbreak in Myanmar dropped by 82 per cent compared to that in 2012, and the malaria mortality rate declined by 92 per cent. “We are very pleased to see private participation in malaria elimination plan by 2030,” said Prof. Thet Khaing Win, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Myanmar has already laid down national plan strategy for malaria elimination by 2030, in cooperation with 26 local and foreign organizations.
Around 700,000 people yearly suffered from malaria in the past decade. In 2017, malaria outbreak was recorded in only 82,000 people. Malaria attacks yearly killed around 500 people in the past ten years. Mortality rate in 2017 was registered only at 31.

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