President Paul Kagame, yesterday, received on behalf of Rwanda the prestigious 2012 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award. Rwanda was among the seven African countries to receive the Excellence Award for ‘exemplary leadership in accelerating and sustaining access to malaria control and treatment’.
The award was presented to President Kagame during a luncheon hosted by ALMA, held on the sidelines of 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union.
In his acceptance speech, President Kagame noted that the reduction of malaria is a result of the numerous efforts geared towards improving the welfare of the Rwandan people.
Current figures indicate that deaths due to malaria in Rwanda dropped to only 7% from 60% following years of a rapid scale-up.
The battle against Malaria in the country was characterized by massive distribution of insecticide treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying and a combination of therapies.