As malaria is part of the central plan of health care programmes in Africa particularly in the last five years, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in recognition of the tremendous work and improvement made in the fight against malaria, awarded Sierra Leone for her efforts in the fight against and control of Malaria.

Receiving the award, President Ernest Bai Koroma thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Samura Kamara and delegation for representing the country in the just concluded African Union Summit, saying that he had decided to stay in the country to continue to provide the needed leadership in the fight against Ebola.

He stated that the award was as a result of the recognition of the efforts in the fight against malaria and an indication that the country has been making progress in other health issues prior to the Ebola outbreak. He continued that progress was being made in other areas in the health sector pointing out the Free Health Care initiative, particularly in the number of uptakes and the reduction in mortality rates.

President Koroma commended the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for this great effort, and noted that it is a joint effort by the ministry and development partners in achieving this accolade. The president looked forward to the end of the outbreak in addressing other basic health challenges that are confronting the nation and work towards sustaining the progress made so far. He dedicated the award to the people of Sierra Leone, especially health workers for their great efforts in the fight against malaria and the overall improvement of the health sector.

Dr Samura Kamara received the award on behalf of the president in the just concluded African Union Summit on the wings of the 24th ordinary session of the African Assembly in Addis Ababa. He pleaded with the president to continue to bolster efforts in the fight against malaria in Africa. The minister, on behalf of the president, presented the ALMA 2013 scorecard to the Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah.

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