On the Margins of the 26th Session of the African Union Summit, Liberia Receives 2016 ALMA Award for Excellence in Performance on Malaria Control

AfDB President Adesina presents a copy of the New Deal on Energy for Africa booklet to President Sirleaf

AfDB President Adesina presents a copy of the New Deal on Energy for Africa booklet to President Sirleaf

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – President Ellen Johnson has received the 2016 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award for Excellence in Performance on Malaria Control on behalf of Liberia.

According to a dispatch from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa at the weekend, Liberia, Rwanda and Senegal were among 13 countries that jointly received the 2016 ALMA Award for Excellence in Performance on Malaria Control.
The awardees were chosen by an independent selection committee representing the World Health Organization (WHO), the private sector, civil society and the academia. The countries were selected based upon the data collected by the WHO and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners which are reflected in ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action.
Liberia received the award based on increased progress in performance as observed for the removal of tariffs on anti-malarial commodities, ban status of oral artemisinin-based monotherapy and community case management of malaria.
“As we transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the committee decided that it is an opportune time to award those countries that have attained the malaria MGD target,” the head of ALMA’s secretariat indicated; adding, “In this regard, eight African countries are recipients of the 2016 ALMA Award for Excellence for achieving the Malaria MDG target of 75 percent or higher reduction rate in malaria incidence.” The period of assessment for the award is from 2011 to 2015.
Accepting the award for Liberia, President Sirleaf thanked ALMA for recognizing and acknowledging Liberia’s progress in the control of malaria. She praised the World Health Organization, ALMA and other partners for working with Liberia and the continent to confront a serious killer disease. She pledged the country’s commitment to the fight against malaria and other diseases that pose challenges to the wellbeing of the people of the continent.
Also speaking, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma congratulated Liberia and the award winning countries for the progress made in controlling the incidence of malaria on the African continent and for attaining a key MDG. They committed both the United Nations and the African Union to assisting the continent eradicate the incidence of malaria infection.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf continued talks with ranking leaders of the African continent including the Presidents of Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, among others as well as the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Kawai Katsuyuki, the International Civil Aviation Organization President Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, and the Director General of UNIDO, Mr. Li Yong, among others.

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