Malaria prevention is a global public health success story. Over the last decade, with the support of the Alliance of Malaria Prevention (AMP), countries have reduced the burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa by more than 50 per cent, thus avoiding more than 4 million deaths. This in turn has had a positive economic and social impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people who otherwise would languish under its burden.
2015 marks the tenth anniversary of AMP – the partnership that has demonstrated continuous success in responding to the need to rapidly reach and sustain universal coverage with long-lasting insecticide treated nets.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has hosted and chaired the alliance since 2007, providing it with the platform through which it could focus on its mission to support countries in their domestic efforts in malaria prevention. To express its gratitude and acknowledge the critical role that IFRC has played in the successes of this partnership, AMP presented Mr Elhadj As Sy with an award for the organization’s continued dedication and support.
Accepting the award, Mr As Sy said: “My experience tells me the strength of AMP comes from the number and diversity of partners who are aware that the strengths of our individual organizations are enhanced by working together. The solution to global problems is found in multi-stakeholder alliances, between governments, the private sector and civil society.”
He said the anniversary was also important to the IFRC as the partnership had brought real improvement to the lives of millions. “Innovation in our approaches has changed public health policy and has led to the distribution of over one billion long-lasting insecticide treated nets,” he said.
The role of the community health workforce, which includes community health workers, trained volunteers and community-based organizations, has been integral to making this partnership a success.They were the one who went door-to-door handing out long-lasting insecticide treated nets and organized distributions at centres. They worked tirelessly with communities to improve their health through behaviour change, As Sy said.
Fostering global health partnerships is key in the fight against malaria. The work IFRC is leading in hosting AMP is an example of pulling together diverse players to mobilize the power of partnership.