By Hassan Zaggi
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa and the Principality of Monaco have entered into partnership to invest a whooping two million Euros to ensure that Africa is malaria free.
More than 374 million people in the Sahel region are at risk of contracting malaria.
Over 93 per cent malaria related deaths occur in Africa.
The partnership which was announced at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, will see WHO disburse 2 million Euros over a 5-year period in 8 countries to accelerate malaria eradication efforts in the Sahel region.
The eight countries include Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Chad, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal.
In a statement, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said: “Only with the generous support of our donors and partners will WHO achieve our shared goal of a malaria-free future in Africa.
“Contributions, like this one from the Principality of Monaco, are instrumental in ensuring that we continue to make progress, particularly in those countries which bear the highest malaria burden.”
On his part, Government Adviser and Minister of External Relations and Cooperation of Monaco, Mr. Gilles Tonelli, said: “The Principality has been supporting WHO health programmes in Africa since 2007. This new investment is in recognition of the huge burden that malaria places on countries in Africa, and the crippling effect of this disease on the socio-economic development of the region.”
The Monaco-WHO grant agreement will contribute to the work of the Regional Office for Africa in providing technical support and guidance to the 8 Sahel countries, including through helping to strengthen programmes, improving technical capacities and sub-regional collaboration and coordination.