Ac­cess Bank, stake­hold­ers mo­bilise in­vest­ment against malaria

Financial Nigeria Magazine - - Finance -

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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