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PRESS RELEASE Nº30/24th AU SUMMIT
12 African countries rewarded for their efforts to eradicate
malaria by the 2015 ALMA Awards for Excellence
Addis Ababa, 31st January
2015.
Twelve
African
countries received the 2015
African
Leaders
Malaria
Alliance (ALMA) Award for
Excellence during a ceremony
held at the Headquarters of
the African Union today 31st
January 2015, for their
significant contribution in the
fight against malaria.
The Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E
Hailemariam Desalegn, current Chair of the ALMA, commended the work
of the previous chairs “in making ALMA a strong platform for our collective
action in the fight against malaria”.
The African Union Chairperson, Dr. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma in her
opening remarks welcomed and appreciated the good initiative of ALMA.
She noted that despite the progress in different African Countries to fight
Malaria, it is still a big problem in our continent and much need to be done.
In this regard, she emphasized that by 2030 ,Africa need to be free from
Malaria. It is therefore important to use this year dedicated to the
empowerment of women “to redouble the efforts towards the eradication of
malaria among women and children.”, she noted.
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Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Guinea,
Guinea –Bissau and The Gambia received the first 2015 ALMA award for
Excellence in Implementation of Vector Control. The second Award for
Excellence for most improved in Malaria control forwarded to Burundi,
Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Togo and Ethiopia Awarded for Excellence
in Innovation Ethiopia.
The award ceremony was organized at the sidelines of the 24 th African
Union Summit. These awardees are chosen by an independent selection
committee representing the World Health Organization (WHO), Roll Back
Malaria (RBM), the private sector, civil society and academia. The selection
is based upon the data collected by RBM partners and reflected in the
ALMA scorecard for Accountability and action and country quarterly report.
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