Access Bank, stakeholders mobilise investment against malaria
Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) in partnership with Access Bank Plc, last month held a forum to mobilise stakeholders' financing for ending the malaria scourge. The forum, which was held to mark the World Malaria Day, was tagged “Accelerating Investment to Bring Malaria to Zero.”
The programme of the event included the launch of a case study report that highlights the successes of CAMA and its private sector partners in their efforts towards elimination of malaria.
Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Head Sustainability, Access Bank Plc, in her welcome address highlighted the high burden of malaria, with Nigeria accounting for 25 percent of the caseload in Africa. Nigeria, also, suffers the world's largest malaria burden with 51 million cases and 207,000 deaths reported annually.
“CAMA would be intensifying its efforts to eliminate malaria through greater funding, political will, awareness and increased collaboration among all sectors and across borders,” said Ms Nancy Wildfeir-Field, President of Global Business Coalition on Health (GBCHealth), the parent organisation of CAMA.
Access Bank in 2016 launched the Malaria-to-Zero initiative to help scale up national malaria interventions through mobilization of private sector resources to close the funding gap. The initiative has the target of eliminating malaria in Nigeria by 2030.
At the event which held at the corporate headquarters of Access Bank in Victoria Island, Lagos, Zouera Youssoufou, CEO, Dangote Foundation, said the organisation is committed to efforts geared towards the elimination of malaria in Nigeria and Africa.
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