Zambia has been awarded a medal by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) for its success in reducing the cases of Malaria within the country. The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is an affiliate of the United Nations working towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
President Sata credited the people of his nation for contributing to the effectiveness of their efforts to eradicate malaria. “The award is for the people of Zambia who have worked so hard to fight malaria. It is their award and not Micheal Sata’s.” He also cited the success of the ministries of Health and Community Development, and Mother and Child Health.
The award was presented to the Zambian Ambassador to Ethiopia by the past African Union (AU) chairperson and Benin President, Boni Yayi. Past recipients of this medal recognized for their efforts in fighting malaria include South Africa and Swaziland.
Zambia’s National Malaria Control Centre (NMCC) over the past decade has worked with UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria program among others to create preventative measures, and health programs to fight the disease. The success of these efforts has been recognized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance this week.