Ecobank Group launches partnership with NGOs to end malaria in Africa
Ecobank Group has launched joint support to end malaria with Dakar-based not-for-profit strategic communications and advocacy organization, Speak Up Africa, and the UN-hosted RBM Partnership.
The new programme is set out to drive private-sector engagement on the fight against malaria in Africa. It supports the Pan-African Zero Malaria Starts with Me Movement, led by the African Union and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria launched two years ago by African Heads of States at the 31st African Union Summit in Nouakchott.
In a statement, the bank said the collaboration will support malaria affected countries across the continent, starting with Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal by advocating stronger political will, increased funding, and stronger targeted disease elimination responses. The campaign’s objectives are three-fold:
Foster domestic resource mobilization for sustained financing of malaria control and elimination programs
Mobilize businesses and business leaders to contribute to the reduction and elimination of malaria;
Leverage Ecobank’s networks and partners to reinforce or create collaborative platforms.
“Ultimately, ending malaria will increase prosperity across Africa, by creating a healthier workforce that can drive economic growth.
“The Ecobank Group is thrilled to collaborate with Speak Up Africa, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and the African Union on the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative, and to use its position as a platform for co-ordinated action against this treatable and preventable disease”, says Paul-Harry Aithnard, Regional Executive UEMOA, Ecobank.
Originally launched in Senegal in 2014, Zero Malaria Starts with Me engages political leaders, the private sector and communities to take action to protect themselves from malaria, and the new initiative will continue to progress this mission. To date, 15 countries across the continent have rolled out their own national Zero Malaria campaigns.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over US $10 billion is needed to implement national strategic plans for malaria control in 30 African countries over the next three years.
However, despite all the efforts made by governments, funding for the fight against malaria remains a challenge. An annual $2 billion in additional global funding is required to reach all those at risk of malaria, outlining the importance of private-sector engagement.
“To become the generation to end malaria, it is crucial that we increase funding to fight this disease to protect everyone at risk.
“There is an incredible opportunity for the private sector to join the fight, and we are thrilled to see the Ecobank Group leading the way with the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative. By increasing private-sector funding and engagement, we will unlock valuable resources and mobilization, that will go a long way in helping us rid the African continent of malaria once and for all”, highlights Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.#GFD