The fight against malaria has intensified as the Ghana Malaria Foundation has joined in the fight to help Ghana meet its targets of eliminating malaria by 2030.
The Foundation has set a five-year target to raise $510 million to support malaria programmes.
The malaria foundation would target international foundations, private and public sector partners and the general public to raise the money to help in the fight.
The idea of a foundation to support malaria activities was based on recommendations by the National Malaria Control Programme and other stakeholders to find other critical avenues of raising funds.
The Foundation was launched on April 24, 2017 by the First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, on World Malaria Day.
Ghana over years has relied heavily on international donors for funding malaria but due to its status as a middle income country, funding from donors has been dwindling.
There is, therefore, the need to find other means of generating sustainable funds internally.
To sustain the fight, the involvement of a corporate initiative is key, according to stakeholders.
The Ghana Malaria Foundation in this regard would solicit and manage resources to promote the prevention, control and elimination of the tropical disease and other health-related issues in the country.
Ghana’s malaria ambassador Kofi Amoabeng, who also doubles as chair of the Foundation, pointed out that the vision of the Foundation is to eliminate malaria by 2030.
“It’s very clear if we can do that by 2030 or before, we would have achieved our vision.”
He further added that the mission of the foundation is to among other things solicit and manage resources to promote the prevention and elimination of malaria and other related health issues in Ghana.
He, therefore, assured the board would be transparent in its dealings to ensure Ghana meets its targets.
“We would also be very transparent because when you collect monies from people and organizations, it comes that you owe them a responsibility,” he said
The Acting Programme Manager of the Programme, Dr. Keziah Malm, indicated that Ghana has chalked some successes in its fight against malaria so far, but there is more task ahead.
“We have been able to reduce the number of malaria deaths at health facilities,” he said.
“[In the] early part of the 2017, there have been 260 deaths recorded in health facilities, a very low figure compared to previous years’ where we recorded 1,500 within 6 months.”
Dr Malm, therefore, lauded the involvement of the Malaria Foundation in the country’s quest to meet its target by 2030.
“There is the need to scale up intervention research and look for easier and more impactful intervention for malaria control but this need resources. That is why the Foundation is important,” she added.
By Esi Benewaa Nyame|TV3|3news.com|Ghana