Zambia Malaria Reports Launched at Regional Parliamentary Forum

Zambia recently hosted a regional parliamentary forum on the role of MPs in fighting malaria. Fourteen countries were represented. During the three-day meeting, the Ministry of Health launched two malaria reports: Achievements in Malaria Control: The Zambian Story 2000–2010, and Focus on Zambia, the latest in the Progress & Impact Series from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

The Honourable Kapembwa Simbao, Minister of Health, and Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, at a media launch of malaria reports during a regional malaria parliamentary meeting in Lusaka.The Honourable Kapembwa Simbao, Minister of Health, and Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, at a media launch of malaria reports during a regional malaria parliamentary meeting in Lusaka.

Opening remarks at the MPs forum were given by the Honourable Kapembwa Simbao, Ministry of Health; Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; the Honourable Joy Phumaphi, African Leaders Malaria Alliance Executive Secretary; the Honourable Amina Salum Ali, African Union Ambassador to the United States; and the Honourable Mutale W.K. Nalumango, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia. Parliamentarians from Burundi (Senate and National Assembly), Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia attended the forum.

“I was honoured to serve as chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership the past two years,” said Minister Simbao in his opening remarks. “During that time I witnessed real excitement because of the progress against this disease. But there was also an acknowledgement that our success is fragile. It must be accompanied by sustained commitment. We have been given an historic opportunity to be the generation that gave to the next generation, our children, the gift of a world without malaria. Let us seize this moment.”