African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Statement on Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia and ALMA Chair winning the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
14 February 2018
Statement from Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA):
“ALMA congratulates Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for winning the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This award is in recognition of her steadfast commitment to improving the lives of Liberians and people across the African continent.
Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance from January 2012 through May 2013, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has consistently been a strong voice on Africa’s development and for the well being of Africans at a sub-regional and continental level. Under Sirleaf’s leadership, Liberia made strong gains in reducing malaria cases and deaths.
This progress was recognised with the ALMA Award for Excellence in Policy in 2013. Now out of office, she maintains her leadership and commitment to ending malaria through her membership on the End Malaria Council.
In addition to her achievements as President of Liberia, Africa’s first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has helped inspire millions of women in Africa and globally. It is fitting that she has become the first woman to win this prestigious prize. ALMA congratulates Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for becoming the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Prize Winner and looks forward to continuing to work with her as we enter a critical phase in the fight to eliminate malaria.”