Last month, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) endorsed a new roadmap to eliminate malaria by 2030. Founded in 2009, ALMA is a coalition of 49 African heads of state and government working to eliminate this dreadful disease.
“Today, Africa’s leaders have again shown their commitment to the fight to end malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB by adopting the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030 with clear targets and milestones. Through our continued leadership and increased cooperation to finance and provide life-saving anti-malaria interventions, we can sustain our momentum and achieve malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB-free Africa” – Idriss Deby Itno, President of Chad and Chair of ALMA.
The coalition fights the disease by providing a forum to review progress and address challenges, implementing a monitoring and accountability system as well as identifying and sharing lessons learned. They also enact policies such as the ban of ineffective therapies, the removal of tariffs on tools that fight the disease and the establishment of community case management.
“It wasn’t long ago that an Africa without malaria seemed like an impossible dream. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, thanks to the most powerful weapon we have in the malaria fight: strong leadership” – H.E Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and past Chair of ALMA.