President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on all health partners to identify ways in which, working together, Africa can continue to ensure that the progress made is maintained and enhanced regarding women's health and in combating malaria in the African region.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, who is Honorary President of the Commission on Women's Health and Chair of the African Leaders' Malaria Alliance (ALMA), spoke on Monday, December 17, when she officially launched two very important World Health Organization documents - the Women's Health Commission Report on Addressing the Challenges of Women's Health in Africa (the first ever developed for the African region); and the World Malaria Report 2012 - at the Monrovia City Hall. Together, the two initiatives seek to improve the situation of women's health in Africa, and prevent malaria worldwide.
The Women's Health Commission serves as a forum to re-energize efforts and commitment, in partnership with multilateral and bilateral institutions, to address the problem of women's health, gender and human rights in order to achieve rapid and tangible impact in the African region. Similarly, ALMA is an alliance of African Heads of State and Government which serves as a critical forum and mechanism for advocacy, action and follow-up in implementing malaria-related objectives.