Countries rise to the double challenge of malaria and COVID-19, yet pandemic looms large over a malaria-free future
- Africa avoids doubling of malaria deaths in 2020, however, progress continues to flatline in high-burden countries,
- South-East Asia makes great strides towards malaria elimination,
- 10 countries across all continents reach zero malaria in the last five years.
Asia-Pacific records outstanding progress against malaria, yet COVID-19 pandemic still looms large over a malaria-free future
- South-East Asia region on track to achieve 40% reduction in malaria cases by 2020
- India reduces cases of malaria cases by 1.2 million over past two years
- WHO World Malaria Report 2020 shows great strides towards elimination in Asia-Pacific
Dakar, November 21, 2020 - Mr. Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, Senegal's Minister of Health and Social Action officially launched the "Zero Malaria! Business Leadership Initiative" this Saturday, November 21, 2020, in the presence of business leaders’ members of the Ecobank network. Ecobank Senegal thus joins Ecobank Benin and becomes the second country to officially launch this initiative aiming at strengthening efforts to combat malaria. It follows the regional launch of the initiative by the Ecobank Group and the Dakar-based non-profit organization Speak Up Africa in July 2020.
Benin launches the ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’ campaign and the ‘Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative’ to end malaria for good
Cotonou, 17 November 2020 – The Minister of Health of Benin, Professor Benjamin Hounkpatin, has officially launched the Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign in Benin, a joint initiative co-led by the African Union and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.