Rwanda is hosting a summit on malaria and

In addition to the Commonwealth Summit in Kigali, Rwanda also hosted a summit on malaria and neglected tropical diseases.

This meeting, which brings together heads of government, communities, business leaders and philanthropists, makes it possible to renew the commitments made to combat malaria and neglected tropical diseases. the President Paul Kagame and Prince Charles was especially present.

This summit is also an opportunity to remind political decision-makers of their responsibility in the fight against these scourges, which mainly affect the poor. “These diseases are neglected, but in fact, if you look closely, it is not the diseases that are neglected, but the people who are neglected. And if they are neglected, it is because they mainly affect the most vulnerable and are only people who do not have access to high-quality health care, says Olivia Ngou, head of the non-governmental organization Impact Santé Afrique. and member of RBM, Partnership to Eliminate Malaria.

$ 18 billion According to her, time is running out. “We need to quickly renew commitments, renew investments to get new tools, such as new, more effective vaccines, impregnated mosquito nets that will save lives,” she appeals. Because even though malaria, which is still one of the most common causes of death in Africa, is a disease “that can be prevented and cured”, “in just three minutes we will lose three children”, Ngou recalls.

She therefore sends a message to decision-makers: “It is really time for our leaders to mobilize funds quickly, so that we can eliminate this disease and unlock the potential that will enable the development of Africa and other regions. »

Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with countries such as Nigeria, the DRC, Burkina Faso and Niger. And for the fight against these diseases, it will be necessary to mobilize at least $ 18 billion.

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