Ecobank launches a program to eradicate malaria in 30 African countries

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Monday, 06 July 2020 08:30
Ecobank launches a program to eradicate malaria in 30 African countries

(Togo First) - Lomé-based banking group Ecobank recently rolled out its “Zero Malaria Business Leadership” initiative. The program, launched with the collaboration of Speak Up Africa and the Partenariat RBM, aims, as its name suggests, at eradicating malaria. 

The program implemented in 30 African countries will push decision-makers to increase financing and take stronger and better-targeted actions to eradicate the disease. Its main objective is to first, ease the mobilization of funds at the national level to sustainably finance malaria control and eradication programs; secondly, get businesses and their owners more involved in the fight against malaria; and thirdly, to develop collaboration platforms by leveraging Ecobank’s networks and partnerships. 

“In the long run, eradicating malaria will help improve prosperity all over Africa, as well as foster healthier labor which will stimulate economic growth,”  said Paul-Harry Aithnard, regional executive director of Ecobank for the WAEMU. The group, he added, “is glad to work with Speak Up Africa and the RBM Partnership to get rid of malaria, and the African Union (...) and to act as a vector for a coordinated action against this disease which can be cured and avoided.”

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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