The Ecobank Foundation has announced that it will be donating US$750,000 to the Ministry of Health in Mozambique to help combat malaria in the country.
As part of its partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Ecobank Foundation aims to support a net distribution campaign, while also providing life-saving testing and treatments, through the said funding.
Julie Essiam, CEO of the Ecobank Foundation, states: “Mozambique has made great progress in the fight against malaria. With this financial contribution, we are supporting the Government in its determination to become a malaria-free country. We are a step closer to improving the quality of lives of children, families and whole communities.”
The funds were multiplied through DFID’s, the UK Government’s Department for International Development, matching scheme, which pledges US$2 for every US$1 committed by a private donor. With this public private partnership brokered by the Global Fund, Ecobank Foundation’s contribution amounts to US$2.25 million for the government-led programme in Mozambique.
Aside from Ecobank Foundation's cash contribution collaboration with Global Fund, their partnership aspires to strengthen the financial management capacity of the Global Fund’s grant recipients in Africa. In 2017, implementing partners in Liberia and Chad have been trained to improve their treasury and cash management capabilities. Mozambique will be one of the countries where the capacity building programme will be rolled out this year.
Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations at the Global Fund, comments: “The Ecobank Foundation shares our mission of building healthier and prosperous communities. Ecobank’s commitment to strengthening the financial expertise of our partners will help increase our response to the diseases in an effective manner. Through innovative public private partnerships, we can make long-lasting impact in the communities we serve.”
This week, the Ecobank Foundation is also taking part in a high-level mission to Mozambique together with other key private sector partners of the Global Fund with the goal of witnessing the progress that the country is making in the fight against malaria with support from private sector’s stakeholders to the Ministry of Health.