Botswana is among the eight countries that have received the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Excellence Award for their commitment and innovation in the fight against Malaria. Other countries are Cape Verde, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Swaziland, Chad and Uganda.
The 2017 ALMA Excellence Awards were held alongside the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ALMA said in a statement that Botswana made an impact on Malaria incidences and mortality, control and elimination.
Chad president and chairperson of the African Union, Mr. Idriss Déby says in the statement;
“Thanks to strong African leadership and innovative new partnerships, we are making unprecedented progress in the fight against malaria. The success of these countries shows the powerful impact that dedication and sufficient funding can have.
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.”
The statement further says from 2010-2015, Botswana and seven other countries achieved a 40 % or more reduction in Malaria incidences. It also applauds Botswana for sustaining the gains previously made between 2000-2010 and the strides made to eliminate Malaria by 2020, as envisioned by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This came just six months after the adoption of the ‘Catalytic Framework’ at the 27th African Union Summit in July. The framework provides a roadmap for African countries to increase domestic resources, expand the use of innovation and technology, and improve health infrastructure to eliminate Malaria from the continent by 2030.
Since 2000, Malaria mortality rates across the continent have fallen by 62 % across all age groups and by 69 % among children under five.
Picture credit: Prof. Frank Hadley Collins