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Malaria free campaign raises Shs23.2 billion aides in four years


Between 2021 and 2024, the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative has managed to raise $6m (Shs23.2b), the management announced last week.

Launched in 2020 by corporate organisations, including; Ecobank Group, RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Speak Up Africa, the initiative was aimed at mobilizing private sector malaria control efforts

On February 15, around 100 business leaders and representatives of governments and organizations from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda gathered at an awards ceremony to celebrate the private sector champions and companies that have contributed to the fight against malaria through the initiative.

Nine companies and three champions, including the Mr. Aké Natondé from Benin, Kenneth Mugisha, President of Malaria Free Uganda, and Samuel Asiedu Agyei, Director of Anglogold Ashanti Malaria (AGAMAL) in Ghana, were recognized for their significant contributions to the fight against malaria between 2021 and 2024, to the tune of $6 million in in-kind and financial contributions.

Since its launch, the initiative, implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda, has raised $6 million in financial and in-kind contributions.

“To date, some sixty companies from the African private sector have contributed, and many business leaders considered champions in this fight have lent their voice and expertise to strengthen the prioritization of malaria by bringing together decision-makers,” a joint statement signed by the three partners reads in part.

The ceremony, they said marks the close of the initiative’s successful pilot phase, and the lessons learned will help document the social impact that private sector involvement can play.

Speaking at the gala dinner, Yves Mayilamene, Group Executive, Human Resources, Ecobank, said that they could not remain insensitive to the damage caused by this disease within our communities, yet they are the leading pan-African banking with African values.

“We are also firmly committed to going beyond in meeting our corporate and social responsibility. This is exemplified by our Ecobank Foundation through which Ecobank shows its actions as a good corporate citizen,” he said.

Adding, “Therefore, launching the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative in 2020 was no surprise. Together, we recognised that the private sector must play a major role in helping to end malaria by providing essential funding, broader awareness and political advocacy – and acting as champions. Doing so, they help strengthen the partnership around national malaria control programmes,”

Philippe Batienon who represented RBM expressed his delightment towards the initiative, which he said has enabled them, come together in one place to honor the work which is being done as part of this programme and congratulate the partners for their great success.

“”The RBM Partnership is just that – a Partnership. The ability to convene with one mission, in a multisectoral approach, to collaborate and work together to end malaria, gives me great hope that we will be able to defeat this disease. I congratulate the Awards winners which have dedicated time and resources to this cause, as well as thanks to the Togolese Government, Ecobank Foundation and Speak Up Africa for their continued determination to support this fight,” he said.

Yacine Djibo, founder and executive director of Speak Up Africa, said that health and the economy are closely linked.

“At a time when the cost of treating malaria and its impact on our African economies is well known, we need more than ever to rethink the fight against this old, preventable and treatable disease,” Djibo said,

Adding, “It is vital that we work together to strengthen political commitment, coordinate the actions of all stakeholders and guarantee sustainable domestic funding in each of our states. At Speak Up Africa, we are convinced that Africa’s private sector has enormous potential to catalyze positive change, and we recognize the power of partnerships to solve African problems including malaria,”


According to the WHO, despite sustained global efforts to reduce malaria cases, 249 million cases were recorded in 2022, 94% of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

This preventable and treatable disease caused 608,000 deaths worldwide. In some African countries, malaria can impact GDP growth by up to 1.3%, placing a significant burden on businesses. The involvement of the private sector is essential to boost national objectives and mobilize more partners and resources. 

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