"If you are ready to lead your families, communities and workplaces, then we will be proud to partner with each of you in this fight against malaria. We can put Uganda back at the cutting edge of development."
Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Uganda:
"Malaria control efforts are a proven return on investment. Reducing malaria in Uganda requires investments and commitments from all sectors."
Sherwin Charles, Director:
"Nando’s is not only a visible voice in the fight against malaria. It uses its creative energy and resources to play a real role to end this disease."
"In Uganda, malaria is the leading cause of death and sickness for all age groups", Anthony Mbonye, the Commissioner of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, wrote in an op-ed for the New Vision, one of two main national newspapers in Uganda. Mr. Mboynye added that "if there was effective control of malaria, a lot of money would be saved or invested or used in consumption of social services and this would spur economic development".
With photographs of Ugandans stricken with malaria as a backdrop, a Uganda MP speaking on behalf of the Parliamentary Forum on Malaria called for the establishment of a "Uganda Malaria Commission," during an event on August 13 in the Parliament foyer. Modeled after the Uganda AIDS Commission, the Malaria Commission, if established, would receive its own vote in Parliament and its own budgetary line in upcoming budget negotiations, according to Forum Chairperson Hon. Moses Balyeku, MP.
Zambia together with Rwanda and Zanzibar are said to be countries sustaining malaria control with the hope of moving towards the elimination of the disease that is said to kill one child in Africa every 60 seconds.
UAM programme manager for South Africa Ann McCartney-Melstad, however, said there was need for more political will among all African countries if the continent was to achieve total elimination. “We need political leaders across Africa to unite against malaria so that all African countries can eventually achieve elimination. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease,” she said. She observed that Zambia had made several interventions which had drastically reduced the prevalence rate, especially along the line of rail, with Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces leading in the number of households using insecticide treated mosquito nets. Ms McCartney-Melstad was speaking during the fight against malaria UAM/Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)/Stanbic media workshop held at Moba Hotel in Kitwe on the sidelines of the regional soccer championship.
Malaria kills an estimated 1.2-million people every year, the large majority the poor and vulnerable, primarily young children and pregnant women in Africa who are more likely to be exposed to infection due to lower immunity levels and have the most limited access to malaria prevention, treatment, and control measures.
Voices seeks to expand national movements of powerful private and public sector leaders in Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and other African countries to mobilize political and popular support for malaria control.