United Against Malaria corporate partners met in Tanzania last week to advance the role of the private sector in malaria control, building on top-level support from the Prime Minister, who recently invited 32 new companies to become Malaria Safe.
This World Malaria Day, United Against Malaria partners reached out to communities across Uganda with the help of music. Two popular local artists, Bobi Wine and Samalie Matovu, produced a song promoting net usage, diagnostics and treatment.
The song will be promoted on Ugandan radio and television, while MTN, a leading communication company in Uganda, offered 20 million shillings to promote malaria advocacy and prevention songs. Voices for a Malaria-Free Future is grateful to Bobi and Samalie for using their talents and to MTN for using its influence to advocate for a response from the Ugandan government to fight against malaria.
In conjunction with the FIFA Congress 2013 being held in Mauritius this month, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) renewed its long-term commitment to the fight against malaria by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to designate the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign as one of the social causes for future football tournaments, including the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
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.