Live Online Chat: Small Bite, Big Threat - Vector-Borne Diseases in Asia

On World Health Day 2014, we focus on vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and lymphatic filariasis that are threatening the lives of millions across Asia and the Pacific.

The live online chat is now closed. A transcript is available here.

In this discussion, we focused on:

  • How can countries work together to fight the spread of malaria or dengue?
  • How can people protect themselves and their families from them?
  • What can be done to give these illnesses the attention and funding they need to be eradicated?

Dr. Eva-Maria Christophel

Dr. Eva-Maria Christophel is Team Leader of Malaria and other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases at the WHO's Western Pacific Region, where she focuses on clinical and treatment aspects of malaria and other parasitic diseases. In 2003, Dr. Christophel became WHO Medical Officer for the Western Pacific Region. More recently, as Team Leader she has been focusing on the clinical and treatment aspects of malaria and other parasitic diseases.

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe is Regional Entomologist at the World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Western Pacific based in Manila, Philippines. He has nearly 25 years of experience in malaria control including clinical management, parasitology, entomology, vector control and programme management.

Ben Rolfe

Ben Rolfe is Executive Secretary ad interim at the APLMA, the secretariat of which is hosted by ADB. Formerly Pacific Lead Health Advisor at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Rolfe has more than 20 years experience in supporting health initiatives across 30 countries.