AU Endorses Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria By 2030

African leaders have endorsed the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 during the 27th AU Summit in Kigali. The framework outlines a pathway to “eliminate malaria incidence and mortality, and prevent its transmission and reestablishment in all countries by 2030.” Through building Africa-wide consensus, the leaders have charted a pathway to malaria elimination.

According to the press release current AU Chairperson Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, AIDS Watch Africa and of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) urged leaders to redouble their efforts to sustain existing donor funding and ramp up domestic resources to ensure the success of the roadmap and implementation of innovative health solutions to eliminate malaria.

The release also outlined that African leaders have again shown their commitment to the fight to end malaria, HIV and AIDS and TB by adopting the Framework with clear targets and milestones.

“Through our continued leadership and increased cooperation to finance and provide lifesaving anti-malaria interventions, we can sustain our momentum and achieve a malaria, HIV and AIDS and TB -free Africa”, said President Déby, who is also Chair of ALMA.

Since 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa have fallen by 66 per cent among all age groups and by 71 per cent among children under five. Annual malaria deaths in Africa have decreased from an estimated 764,000 in 2000 to 395,000 in 2015. But, it still remains one of the top causes of morbidity in pregnant women and mortality in children under five, the release underlined.

It also added that a ground-breaking coalition of 49 heads of state and government, ALMA has worked with governments to keep malaria high on the national and international development agenda since its founding in 2009.

The release quoted ALMA Executive Secretary Joy Phumaphi as saying: “African leadership is our most powerful weapon in the war against malaria. In renewing their commitment to fight malaria and endorsing a framework to get us there, African leaders have brought us one step closer to an Africa free of malaria.”

He cited that fighting malaria in Ethiopia is a critical investment and through this investment Ethiopia has made significant progress in scaling up and sustaining key malaria control interventions. The Catalytic Framework will help Ethiopia continue to make strides towards eliminating malaria by 2030.”

Joining other African heads of state and government, Ethiopia committed to the full support of, and compliance with the requirements of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the International Health Regulations focusing on improved quality data collection, analysis and sharing, the release noted.

The leaders also commended international donors – calling on partners to fully replenish the Global Fund to Fight HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria this year_at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference. They committed to increased domestic financing from both the public and private sectors and endorsed the domestic financing scorecard introduced by the AUC.

The Framework defines continent-wide goals for HIV and AIDS, TB, and Malaria, focusing on the guiding principles of country ownership and leadership, financial and political commitment, equal access to health services for vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, and robust surveillance and response systems.

It also outlines milestones and targets, with the aim of reducing malaria incidence and mortality rate by at least 40 per cent by 2020, and 75 per cent by 2025; with the ultimate goal of eliminating malaria, and preventing re-establishment in all African countries by 2030.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald

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