UN, AU hail Gambia for malaria award

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Mr Ban Ki Moon and Dr Ngoza Dlamini Zuma commended the governments of the seven countries for their significant contributions in the fight against malaria and promoting accountability and action against maternal and child death.  

Other recipients of the award are Burundi, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Guinea, Chad, Guinea Bissau and the Comoros Island. These countries have reportedly maintained 95 percent coverage or above of vector control, long lasting insecticide nets and or residual spraying.

The release read over GRTS stated: “The Gambia’s award was received by the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy at the recently concluded 24th ordinary session of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.”

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The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, was particularly hailed for his government’s anti-malaria initiatives such as the indoor spraying and the monthly environmental cleaning exercise known as Set Setal. 

The awardees were chosen by an independent selection committee representing the World Health Organisation, World Bank Malaria, the private sector, the civil society and academia. 

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