Zimbabwe might be facing challenges in the health sector but malaria isn’t one of them. Recently the country received the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award. This award was received by Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa at the 30th African Union Summit.
Together with five other African countries, the award is for leading the way to a Malaria Free-Africa by 2030.
However Zimbabwe is not a member of ALMA. ALMA has a 49 country membership from the Africa Union. Their objective is to eradicate Malaria on the continent by 2030.
The 2018 Alma Awards for Excellence, were presented by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and new AU Chairman and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Senegal and the Gambia were honoured for reducing malaria cases by more than 20 percent from 2015 to 2016.
Algeria and Comoros were awarded excellence for being on track to achieve more than 40 percent drop in cases by 2020.