I spent the last two months in Nigeria preparing for a workshop GBCHealth Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) hosted on Wednesday, July 2nd in Abuja, in partnership with The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, National Malaria Elimination Program, Friends of the Global Fund Africa and Access Bank. The event was supported by Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Bayer, Wapic Insurance, Nigerian Breweries, Jhpiego, FHI 360, Syngenta, Wellbeing foundation, and CCPN.
The workshop titled Capitalizing on Competencies: Partnering to Eliminate Malaria and Accelerate Impact on Maternal and Child Health was very successful and well attended, over 120 participants, representing 20+ companies and 30+ governmental, civil society, NGOs and academics. The objective of the forum was to bring the collective force and voice of the private and public sector to eliminate malaria and accelerate progress on MDGs 4 and 5 (improving maternal and child health). Discussions at the workshop centered around eight sessions covering topics from health systems strengthening, the integration of malaria and MCH programs, local financing for malaria, diagnosis, partnerships, vector management and resistance.
The outcomes and discussion coming out from the workshop has been very positive, especially around the area of collaboration between the private and public sector. Building partnerships is one way we can all work together to improve on malaria control efforts, and other health issues in the world. I am delighted to be a part of this ongoing effort to make an impact on malaria control in Africa!