U.N. secretary general praises the African Leaders Malaria Alliance

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently announced that he believes the African Leaders Malaria Alliance has been successful in saving the lives of thousands of children and that it offers a good model for going after other societal ills.

“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is breaking down barriers, forging partnerships and getting supplies to families in record time,” Ban said in remarks made at an ALMA event in Ethiopia during the African Union Summit, according to ModernGhana.com. “This is remarkable progress. We need to encourage it and use the response to malaria as a model for battling other illnesses and social ills."

Launched in New York in 2009, ALMA is a forum that oversees the procurement, distribution and utilization of malaria control measures. It aims to end unnecessary deaths from the disease by 2015.

“This alliance against malaria is stopping the disease and saving thousands of lives," Ban said of the 2015 goal, ModernGhana.com reports. "It is a great success story. You are bringing us closer to our Millennium Development Goal on malaria and showing how we can reach all the MDGs: with commitment at the highest level.

“Just as malaria is carried by a mosquito that goes from person to person, so does our campaign seek to reach people just as directly. We want to give every community health worker, every family, every child the tools and protection they need.