Zambia awarded for fight against malaria

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Zambia was yesterday awarded a medal of excellence in recognition of the efforts she has made in trying to eradicate malaria.

The award comes in the light of the tireless efforts Zambia has made in trying to reduce the malaria incidence in the country.

President Michael Sata said before leaving Addis Ababa today that the award was for the Zambian people.

He said Zambia was one of the first countries in Africa that have worked so hard in trying to eliminate malaria.

The award, which was presented to Zambia by the African Union (AU) outgoing chairperson and Benin President Yayi Boni at the just ended AU summit, was received by Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Francis Simenda.

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award for excellence is an alliance under the United Nations.

Other countries that have been awarded are South Africa, Cape Verde, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Swaziland.

SADC countries had initiated a process to eliminate malaria, in keeping with the call from the African Union in its 2007 malaria declaration.

President Sata was in Ethiopia to attend the 20TH African Union (AU) Summit which ended yesterday.