Senegal receives ALMA Award for Excellence at Leading Global Malaria Experts Gathering
Dakar (17 April 2018) – In the opening ceremony of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) presented the 2018 ALMA Award for Excellence to His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal for reducing malaria cases in the country by more than 20% between 2015 and 2016.
His Excellency Macky Sall, the President of Senegal said, "this reaffirmed commitment to building a malaria-free world underlines our common ambition to save lives and leverage human capital in order to strengthen our economies and ensure the well-being of our people, especially the most vulnerable. To reinforce our current gains and amplify results, the Government of Senegal progressively raised the budget allocated to health while creating a specific budget line to the malaria fight."
Joy Phumaphi, ALMA’s Executive Secretary, conferred the award and said, “Senegal has shown exemplary leadership in scaling up and sustaining universal coverage of malaria interventions and is poised to pivot to malaria elimination. I commend their commitment to achieving a malaria-free Senegal.”
Senegal joins five other African countries (Algeria, Comoros, Madagascar, The Gambia and Zimbabwe) that received a 2018 ALMA Award for Excellence. These awardees were chosen by an independent selection committee representing members drawn from the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) - Africa Region, the private sector, civil society and academia. The selection criteria is based on the data collected by WHO and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria partners and reflected in the World Malaria Report and the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action.
Senegal has been a regional leader in malaria control and is moving aggressively toward malaria elimination. Five years ago, Senegal launched a national campaign entitled, "Zero Malaria Starts with Me." The campaign has successfully taken the fight against malaria to local communities, where individuals and households work with the private sector and government to win this war. The African Union and The RBM Partnership to End Malaria have adopted this campaign to expand across the African continent.
Further, Senegal is working with the African Union and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria to launch the Sahel Malaria Elimination Initiative which will coordinate cross border collaboration with Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and The Gambia to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the region.
MIM, launched in Senegal twenty years ago, is a convening of scientists and researchers from around the world to share the latest knowledge and best practices in malaria control and elimination.
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. All African Union member countries are members of ALMA. The ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action and the ALMA 2030 Scorecard towards Malaria Elimination are important tools which track progress and drive action.
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