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Uganda has been honoured by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) for the committemnt and innovation in the fight against the disease, particularly for the impact on malaria incidence and mortality.
Uganda (Alongside Botswana, Cabo Verde, Comoros, DRC, Ethiopia, Swaziland) have achieved a reduction in malaria incidence of 40 percent from 2010-2015
The ALMA Awards for Excellence recognise countries for their significant achievements in malaria control and elimination
Uganda was honoured alongside seven other African countries : Botswana, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Swaziland, • Chad, for its leadership in the fight against malaria.
The significant reduction in malaria in the three high-burden countries (DRC, Ethiopia and Uganda) demonstrates what can be achieved with political commitment, adequate financing and implementation of technically sound and evidence-based vector control and case management interventions, even where malaria transmission is high.
Botswana, Cabo Verde, Comoros and Swaziland are commended for sustaining the gains previously made between 2000-2010. The World Health Organization (WHO) said they are all on track to eliminate malaria by 2020.
“Thanks to strong African leadership and innovative new partnerships, we are making unprecedented progress in the fight against malaria,” said H.E Idriss Déby Itno, President of Chad and former Chairperson of the African Union.
“The success of these countries shows the powerful impact that dedication and sufficient funding can have.”
Since 2000, malaria mortality rates across the continent have fallen by 62 percent in all age groups and by 69 percent among children under five.
The increase in those sleeping under long-lasting insecticidal nets, or protected by indoor residual spraying, as well as diagnostic testing of children and treatment of pregnant women has contributed to significantly lowering incidence and mortality in Africa.
These achievements come at a time when African countries are providing more domestic funding to fight malaria.
Malaria remains a critical threat in Africa – the region still bears the highest global malaria burden.
In 2015, 195 million of the 212 million new malaria cases and 394,000 of the world’s 429,000 malaria-related deaths were in Africa.
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.
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