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Zambia Launches End Malaria Council

Newly Appointed End Malaria Council commits to advance efforts towards increased domestic investments to eliminate the disease by 2021

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Newly appointed End Malaria Council commits to advance efforts towards increased domestic investments to eliminate the disease by 2021

Zambia has made significant strides with 61% reduction of cases since 2001, however 16 million at risk

USD100 million funding gap needs to be closed to eliminate Malaria by 2021

Lusaka, 7 March 2019 – The Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health on Thursday convened the newly appointed End Malaria Council (EMC) to discuss its operations. The Council discussed the operational framework with a more formal legal structure to be established in the coming weeks. The EMC will drive action and accountability, resource mobilisation and advocacy for continued and enhanced national prioritisation of malaria across all sectors. The Council is constituted of leaders from key Government institutions, the private sector and community leaders.

“Health is an economic investment. We set bold and ambitious targets and committed to eliminate Malaria in Zambia by 2021. The End Malaria Council will steer action towards meeting our goals through increased domestic resource allocation to malaria, fostering efficiencies and value for money in programme implementation and advocate for sustained donor commitments, and resource mobilisation for the existing USD100 million gap” said Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health who chairs the Council.

Health is linked to social and economic development. The country is committed to remain on track and continuously continue to make progress made over the past decade with significant investments. Zambia needs to move swiftly to close the funding gap and ensure greater savings through allocative efficiencies and value for money. Zambia’s efforts to reduce the malaria burden and address other health challenges are part of a broader agenda aimed at sustainable socio-economic development and structural transformation. The country’s long-term development agenda is guided by the Vision 2030 Strategy, which seeks to transform Zambia into ‘a prosperous middle-income nation by 2030’. The Vision 2030 Strategy is being implemented through successive five-year national development plans. Vision 2030 identifies malaria control as a key priority area to achieve the broader development goals.

“The private sector for any economy is a driver of creation of wealth through innovative products and services. A healthy population is critical to improved production and productivity for economic growth which directly dependents on the well being of the population ” said Bridget Kambobe, Group Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Director for Trade Kings.

Zambia has made significant progress in reducing malaria over the past decade. Despite reducing the number of cases by 61% since 2001, Zambia experiences nearly 3.5 million cases of malaria each year. Furthermore over 16 million Zambians are at risk, including the most vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and children under the age of five years. Each case imposes a significant social and economic cost in the form of lower Gross Domestic Product, reduced worker productivity, worker and school absenteeism and deaths in the working-age population. Eliminating malaria is essential to building a healthy and productive Zambia. Zambia’s Malaria response resource requirements are estimated at just over US$694 million.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Health, Bank of Zambia, Zambia Revenue Authority, First Quantum Minerals Limited, Anglican Church, Kansai Plascon, Chief Mumena, Trade Kings and development partners.

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Mr. Amu Mudenda I SBCC Officer | National Malaria Elimination Centre I Ministry of Health | Tel: 095 342 9429 | 097 181 0127 | E-mail: mudendamupeamu@gmail.com | Web www.nmec.org.zm I Lusaka| Zambia
Mr. Stanslous Ngosa I Head Communications and External Relations I Ministry of Health I Tel: +260977694310 I Email:stanslous.ngosa@moh.gov.zm ngosastan@gmail.com I Web: http://www.moh.gov.zm I Web: http://www.moh.gov.zm/ I Lusaka| Zambia