Five-year malaria prevention campaign launched

The Ghana Malaria Foundation (GMF), last Wednesday launched a five-year fundraising campaign to sustain and support malaria prevention and control initiatives.

Funding for malaria prevention in Ghana had been dwindling largely because the country heavily dependend on international donors who are now requesting for counterpart funds as Ghana earns the status of lower middle income.

The fundraising campaign which is being supported by the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), seeks to raise about 510 million US dollars by the end of 2022, from the public, private and public sector and international foundations.

Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UT Bank and the National Malaria Ambassador, who launched the campaign, said the foundation envisioned to develop a sustainable resource base for the fight against malaria in Ghana.

This, he said, would be done through effective targeted communication and public relations, transparent fund collection, management and disbursement.

“The Ghana Malaria Foundation will work together with the general population to make Ghana malaria free by 2030, as the funds to be raised, would be used to support malaria programming, innovation in service provision and research into alternate malaria treatment means in Ghana,” he said.

Commenting on the theme for the campaign, ‘Partnership for financial sustainability’, Mr. Amoabeng said the GMF believed that mobilising groups to work together would help form collaborations to eliminate malaria in Ghana.

He stated that the fundraising would seek diversified funding sources to prevent dependency on any source and develop resource generation strategies to ensure sustainable funding.

Mr. Amoabeng stated that a 15-member board of trustees made up of stakeholders in the public and private sector has been carefully selected to help raise the funds.

Dr. Keziah Malam, Acting Programmes Manager for the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), for his part, said Ghana had made strides in the fight against malaria infections and fatalities especially among children under age five.

“Ghana in 2016 recorded 1,264 malaria deaths among children below age five as against 3,882 deaths in 2010 representing a 67 per cent reduction of malaria infections among children between six months and 59 weeks,” she stated.

She said the routine data NMCP indicated that Ghana has made significant progress in the control of malaria among children, despite the varying transmission intensity of the disease infection which occurs throughout the year.

By Linda Aryeetey & Francisca Nartey

 

 

 

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