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AFRICAN LEADERS REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO MALARIA ELIMINATION IN AFRICA BY 2030 DURING WORLD MALARIA DAY

On Monday, April 25th African leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate World Malaria Day and reaffirm their commitment to malaria elimination on the African continent by the year 2030. The High Level Luncheon on “Ending Malaria in Africa by 2030” was attended by His Excellency Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission, the Honorable Minister of Health of Ethiopia, Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, ALMA’s Executive Secretary, Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Dr. Richard Nchabi Kamwi, Elimination 8 Ambassador, and other esteemed experts in various fields.

In his address, Dr. Richard Nchabi Kamwi notes that: “The world can only think about ending the scourge of malaria if we collectively and decisively brace ourselves to put as many countries as possible on the elimination path. Elimination has to be the end-game, and as a result, we have to fully orient our programs, our policies, our investments and even our ministries in order to increase the chances of success on this critical objective.”

In her address, Ms. Joy Phumaphi remarked that: "Our Heads of State and Governments have already spoken; they want a malaria free Africa by 2030. Success in malaria elimination will not only free up resources; increase productivity, increase learning potential, and accelerate growth; it will represent the new Africa, a winning Africa, the Africa we want."

To read Dr. Kamwi’s full speech please use the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jidwlgv10s6h7vi/E8%20Ambassador%20Remarks%20ALMA%20Luncheon%20WMD%202016.pdf?dl=0

To read Ms. Joy Phumaphi's full speech please use the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yrwuyv6j39gz0sn/Joy%20Phumaphi%20Remarks%20WMD%20Luncheon%202016.pdf?dl=0