President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken over the chairmanship of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).
The alliance is a coalition of African Heads of State and Government advancing advocacy, resource mobilisation and accountability in the fight against malaria across the continent.
President Kenyatta, who takes over from King Mswati of Eswatini, will lead the alliance for the next two years.
In accepting the new role, President Kenyatta said he was committed to the objective of ending malaria in Africa.
“I am pleased to take over this role as ALMA chair. Significant gains have been made in the battle against malaria, but progress has slowed in recent years.
“As we enter the decade to end malaria, I am committed to ensuring that we accelerate progress and end this disease once and for all,” the Kenyan leader wrote in a statement to the African Union.
President Kenyatta skipped the AU Assembly of Heads of State in Addis Ababa, this week in honour of former President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, whose state funeral service will be held tomorrow at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.
The former President will be buried on Wednesday, 12th February, at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County.
In his statement, President Kenyatta said improved health was at the centre of Africa’s development agenda and is part of the AU’s Agenda 2063.
Africa accounts for 93 percent of global malaria cases and 94 percent of all malaria deaths. Out of this, ten countries on the continent account for 67 percent of all malaria cases and 62 percent of all deaths.
Dr Amira el-Fadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs for the African Union Commission, welcomed President Kenyatta in his new role as chair of the leaders’ alliance.
“Ending malaria on the African continent is a key priority outlined in the Catalytic Framework to End HIV, TB and Eliminate Malaria and we are committed to achieving this goal.
“I welcome His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta as the new chair of ALMA and look forward to working with him to end this terrible disease,” Dr el-Fadil said.