HARARE – Zimbabwe has won an award for the progress it has made towards eliminating malaria, a disease that still kills a child on the African continent every two minutes.
Zimbabwe, Algeria, Comoros, Madagascar, the Gambia and Senegal achieved a reduction in the incidence of malaria of more than 20 percent from 2015 to 2016, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) said.
Joy Phumaphi, executive secretary of ALMA, said a significant reduction in Zimbabwe and other countries showed what could be achieved with political commitment, sufficient funding and sound measures to control the disease.
“To continue to win the war against malaria, countries will have to work differently and smarter to outsmart the mosquito and the parasite it carries,” said Phumaphi.
“ALMA stands ready to work with every country and partners to ensure that we achieve a malaria-free Africa.”
Founded in 2009, ALMA is a ground-breaking coalition of African heads of State and government working across country and regional borders to achieve a malaria-free Africa by 2030. Despite the progress in fighting malaria, Africa still has the highest number of people affected by malaria.