Two special envoys picked to steer anti-malaria efforts in Africa

By The Weekly Vision

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is chairman of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) has endorsed the appointment of two special envoys to help hasten the fight against malaria on the continent.

The two nominees of ALMA, Anthony Okara (Kenya) and Sheila Tlou (Botswana) were endorsed and commissioned by the president in Nairobi during a virtual meeting convened to receive ALMA’s 2021 first and second quarter performance report.

ALMA is a coalition of African Heads of State and Government advancing advocacy efforts, resource mobilization and accountability in the fight against malaria across Africa

“I congratulate the ALMA secretariat for keeping the fire burning in the fight against malaria despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The Alliance is a coalition of African Heads of State and Government advancing advocacy efforts, resource mobilization and accountability in the fight against malaria across Africa. As part of their broad mandate, the envoys have been tasked to work with the continent’s regional economic communities to prioritize the fight against malaria in their programming.

The president applauded ALMA for the progress made towards the establishment of a digital malaria repository for the continent saying the database will assist African nations to share best practices. He expressed satisfaction that his stated agenda of digitization, adoption of country scorecards and the establishment of 15 multi-sectoral ‘End Malaria’ councils was on track. He particularly commended ALMA for the growing involvement of Africa’s youth in the fight against the tropical disease and called for the establishment of a continental ‘youth army’ to boost anti-malaria efforts.

“We need to involve the youth to ensure we are able to keep our agenda of eradicating malaria on course despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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