Pres. Sirleaf Issues World Malaria Day Proclamation
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation declaring Thursday, April 25, 2013 as World Malaria Day to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday.
The Proclamation calls on the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and other governmental agencies as well as national and international organizations concerned to initiate and execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, April 25, 2013 is the 6th World Malaria Day which will be celebrated under the Theme: “Invest In The Future of Liberia: Defeat Malaria”, with the local slogan, “Get Tested For Malaria Before Treatment.”
The Proclamation observes that continued investment in malaria control will propel malaria endemic countries along the path in achieving the 2013 Millennium Development Goals, especially those relating to improving child survival and maternal health, eradicating extreme poverty and expanding access to education.
The release further discloses that Liberia has since ratified the Convention on The Rights of The Child To Good Health and Nutrition and will join other global partners in supporting all health programs.
The release also recalls that malaria deaths in Africa have been cut by one third within the last decades, and outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries affected by malaria have reduced cases by 50% while countries where access to malaria control intervention have improved most significantly in the same period with the overall child mortality rates fallen by approximately 20%.
The Proclamation says due to the harmful effects and burdens malaria poses on the human race, particularly in Africa, a resolution declaring April 25 of each year as Africa Malaria Day and subsequently amended as World Health Day was adopted by the summit of Heads of State and Governments of Africa held in Harare, Zimbabwe calling on member states to initiate and implement plans of actions that would curtail malaria and its related mortality rate in Africa.