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Prez Sirleaf turns over ALMA chairmanship

By Moses Sonkarlay
 President  Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has turned over the Chairmanship of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) to the President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza.

A dispatch from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, says President Johnson-Sirleaf performed the act at the working luncheon of AIDS Watch Africa (AWA).

At the working luncheon of AIDS Watch Africa (AWA), 13 African Heads of State and 50 other global leaders met on the side-lines of the African Union Summit.

The seminar reviewed progress towards implementing transformative reforms in the AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria responses.

African Leaders also reviewed progress made towards implementing a roadmap on shared responsibility and Global Solidarity for AIDS, TB and Malaria responses in Africa.

The shared responsibility and global solidarity for AIDS, TB and malaria responses were adopted last July to Chart a new course for the continent’s response to the three diseases.

The Liberian Leader said: “Great progress has been made and nine African countries have already achieved or are on track to reduce malaria incidence by 75%.”

“There has been a 33% reduction in malaria mortality across the African Continent.”

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, acknowledged that AIDS, TB and Malaria have been on the continent for a long time now.

Mr. Ban said: “AIDS, TB AND Malaria have experienced decline in recent times and the UN will remain Africa’s partner in the fight against killer diseases.”

For her part, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini zuma, thanked the head of AWA for the excellent leadership that has led to progress.
Mr. Zuma expressed the hope that AIDS, TB and Malaria can be eliminated.  


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