East Asian leaders commit to eliminating malaria

Leaders of the 18 East Asia Summit countries committed last week to an ambitious goal of eliminating malaria from the region within the next 15 years. According to a statement by the Asia-Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance: “The bold move shows strong leadership on health security and responds head-on to concerns about growing resistance to the drug artemisinin, the mainstay of worldwide treatment for the most dangerous form of the disease.” Resistance was first reported in western Cambodia several years ago and was more recently detected in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma.