The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), a coalition of 49 African Heads of State and Government, was established in 2009 to launch a coordinated and effective response to the scourge of malaria.
ALMA was created in recognition of: the importance of malaria as a major health and development problem; the responsibility of African leaders to spearhead the fight against malaria and other major public health and development challenges on the continent; the need for collective action to achieve continental malaria control goals; and the need for African leaders to prominently participate in the global movement to halt the incidence of malaria and other diseases, as part of the Millennium Development Goals. In response to the need for a robust mechanism to strengthen accountability, transparency, action and follow-up on malaria commitments on the continent, the ALMA secretariat developed “the ALMA scorecard for accountability and action” in 2011.
The scorecard has been successfully used at Head of State level as an advocacy and accountability tool; and has been adapted and scaled to support national, sub-national and local levels to track priority interventions and investments, identify gaps and institute and follow-up on remedial action. ALMA has thus distinguished itself in its role of enhancing accountability and as such its mandate has over the years expanded to support progress in Reproductive Maternal, Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health and more recently, the NTD elimination agenda.