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ALMA Chair on World Malaria Day

What is being done to rid Africa of malaria?

In my role, it’s important to continue work to rid the African continent
of the scourge of malaria. Over the past 15 months, many
African nations have developed a national malaria scorecard to
track progress on malaria control and elimination. I think one major
area that I want to work on, is the work to increase domestic resources
for malaria and to accelerate the agenda on manufacturing pharmaceuticals
in Africa.

How are you tackling malaria in Swaziland?

I am fully committed to a malaria-free Swaziland. Indeed, we have
full operational coverage of vector control with mosquito nets and
indoor residual spraying. I recently more than doubled our budget
for indoor residual spraying and I increased the amount that we are
spending on malaria programmes. We were the fi rst country to institute
a national malaria elimination scorecard to track our progress
and according to WHO, Swaziland can eliminate malaria by 2020. We
are doing everything possible to achieve this goal.

What are your priorities to eliminate malaria?

We are racing to meet the targets that we set. Top priorities are
increasing domestic resources for malaria so that we can scale
up and sustain universal coverage. We are working with the RBM
Partnership to End Malaria to strengthen the national malaria
scorecards and to establish national End Malaria councils.
Malaria knows no border, so we must collaborate across country
and regional lines. We will also stamp out malaria increases where
they occur and continue to address drug and insecticide resistance.
I hope to be celebrating our countries eliminating malaria in the
coming years. We will achieve a malaria-free Africa!

The Guardian 18th April 2018