Africa has made progress in the fight against malaria, says President Kenyatta

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President Uhuru Kenyatta said today that Africa has made significant progress in the fight against malaria over the past two years, and attributed the success to a four-point program implemented by the Alliance of African Leaders Against Malaria (ALMA).

“When I assumed the presidency of ALMA, I proposed a four-point legacy agenda and the four key initiatives included digitization and accountability scorecards and action plans, multi-sector advocacy, action and resource mobilization, regional coordination and access to vital raw materials,” the president said.

The Kenyan Head of State spoke in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he presented last year’s ALMA Malaria Progress Report to the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

President Kenyatta, who decried the continent’s sustained high prevalence of malaria, isolated digitization and accountability and action scorecards, one of his four-point malaria agendas as a tool important in the campaign against the disease.

He said it was progressive to see African countries embrace the use of digital tools to strengthen evidence-based accountability and action in the fight against malaria.

“It is noteworthy that countries continue to expand the use of digital tools to strengthen evidence-based accountability and action in the fight against malaria. Our countries are implementing national dashboard tools on malaria, maternal, newborn, adolescent and child reproductive health; neglected tropical diseases, nutrition and community dashboards,” said the president.

President Kenyatta highlighted that in 2021, Kenya launched the ALMA Scorecard Hub for countries to share national health outcomes and best practices.

“To date, 13 countries share their dashboards on the hub. I encourage all remaining countries to use this platform,” the president said.

Turning to his second priority area, multi-sectoral advocacy, action and resource mobilization, President Kenyatta said 23 countries had launched national “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaigns while 24 others had implemented or were in the process of setting up national campaigns against malaria. advice and funds.

To improve access to life-saving malaria commodities, the president said countries are deploying mosquito nets and insecticides to address the threat of insecticide resistance.

“Malaria Councils have mobilized significant financial resources and in-kind support for malaria control in 2021; and helped maintain the visibility of the malaria campaign through national communication campaigns and the engagement of traditional and religious leaders as trusted messengers,” noted President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta also spoke about the regional coordination of malaria control programs saying that African countries have strengthened cross-border collaboration, adding that the approval last year of the first malaria vaccine for children under 5 years by the World Health Organization was a major boost in the war. against disease.

While mobilizing African governments to invest more in the fight against malaria so that the continent achieves its goal of eliminating the disease by 2030, the President commended the Global Fund and the US President’s Malaria Initiative. malaria for their continued support.

“We are not on track to eliminate malaria by 2030 unless far-reaching strategies are adopted and implemented for it,” President Kenyatta said during a brief press briefing. after the presentation of the progress report.

During the briefing, also delivered by the AU Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Samate Cessouma, the President called on the media to partner with governments in the fight against malaria .

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