Tikki Pangestu appointed to the APLMA Board of Directors |

Tikki Pangestu appointed to the APLMA Board of Directors

Tilkki Pang and APLMA board

Prof Tikki with the APLMA Board of Directors (from left to right: Richard Moore, Julianne Cowley, Jimmie Rodgers, Ben Rolfe (Executive Director), Nafsiah Mboi (Board Chair), Ruby Shang, Altaf Lall)

Introduction to APLMA (Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance)

Tikki Pang, Visiting Professor at the LKY School has recently been appointed to the APLMA Board of Directors. His new role will enable him to continue to advocate the elimination of malaria in Asia and the Pacific. Previously from the World Health Organisation, Tikki has been actively speaking out and researching on health issues impacting the world. APLMA is an affiliation of Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate the disease in the region by 2030. The Alliance was formed at the 2013 East Asia Summit in Brunei due to leaders’ concerns about the rising risk of malaria resurgence, in particular due to increasing drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. You can see a short video of the APLMA roadmap here.

Expectations and role of your appointment

My role at the APLMA includes championing and contributing to high level advocacy for malaria elimination, leading mobilisation of resources, establishing and implementing strategic priorities.

What is the significance of the role and how do you see it impacting the region?

The significance is to eliminate malaria from the region by 2030 and prevent resurgence of the disease. Many countries in the region still suffer from malaria and the health, social and economic impacts of elimination will be substantial. Some key facts on malaria in Asia can be found in the attached presentation.

What future developments, collaborations or research work do you hope to achieve at APLMA?

Future partners and collaborators for the Alliance will include the private sector, multilateral organizations, academic institutions and civil society organizations. APLMA will also carry out research on various dimensions of malaria including innovations for financing, better targeting, disease mapping, ensuring quality, local-national-regional collaboration and developing new tools.

How will the LKY School gain from this?

  1. Benefit for students/alumni: APLMA can become a client for the PAE programme and may provide opportunities for PhD research, internships, professional/continuing education for alumni, etc.;
  2. Benefit for staff: networking and collaboration opportunities with APLMA staff and their networks; staff recruitment and secondments;
  3. Benefit for School: linkages with a regional initiative with high-level entry points to policy mechanisms in countries; strengthening social policy work within the School.

Tikki Pang (Pangestu) is Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

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