Yesterday in Addis Ababa, there was a meeting of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) of 41 African heads of state and government working to end malaria-related deaths on the continent. Recent Nobel Prize laureate, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia assumed the chair of ALMA from President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania. President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique was elected Deputy Chair of ALMA.
“The malaria campaign is emerging as a standout success in the effort to improve the health and welfare of mothers and children, but we cannot lose focus now,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “There is a moral and economic imperative to fill the malaria funding gap.”