LET’S SUPPORT FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN FOR MALARIA CONTROL AND PREVENTION

A forthnight ago, a significant event took place in the country, but very little attention was paid to it.

A very important fundraising campaign was launched by the Ghana Malaria Foundation (GMF), to raise $510 million over a five-year period to support the prevention and control malaria in the country.

The campaign which is being supported by the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), is aimed at soliciting funds from the private and public sectors and international foundations.

According to Mr Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UT Bank, and National Malaria Ambassador, the campaign is aimed at developing a sustainable resource base for the fight against malaria in Ghana.

He said “the foundation will work together with the general population to make Ghana a malaria-free country by 2030”.

The funds to be raised, he emphasised, would support malaria programming, innovation in service provision and research into alternate malaria treatment in the country.

“The fundraising will seek diversified funding source to prevent dependency on any source and develop resource generation strategies to ensure sustainable fund,” Mr Amoabeng said, at the launch of the five-year campaign in Accra.

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

Although available data at the NMCP indicate that Ghana made significant progress in 2016 in malaria control among children, it needs to intensify the fight against malaria, if the country is to achieve a malaria free status by 2022.

The launch of the programme is timely because Ghana is faced with dwindling donor funding for the fight against malaria because of its middle income status.

Indeed, the dwindling donor funding have placed a burden on everybody, including public, private and international agencies to support the campaign by donating generously to the fund.

Without doubt, the government alone cannot fund malaria control, but it can in many ways encourage the private sector and individuals to contribute resources towards the fight against malaria.

For instance, reduction of taxes and tariffs for mosquito nets and insecticides as well as antimalaria drugs would contribute significantly to malaria control strategies.

The Ghanaian Times urges all Ghanaians to support the campaign by donating generously towards the fund.

It is our collective responsibility to eradicate malaria, and this we must do without fail.

 

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