Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, has launched the Private Sector Malaria Prevention Project and Malaria Safe Initiative geared to towards providing a platform for the private sector to contribute towards eradicating malaria in Ghana.
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With the goal of getting the private sector more involved in the fight against malaria, the initiative will specifically aim to get businesses to help make business to make their employees' working environments, and that of the surrounding communities malaria free.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Mrs. Akufo-Addo not only noted that Malaria had serious consequences pregnant women especially, but also that it was bad for businesses in general. She noted that a report by the National Malaria Control Programme indicated that the country lost about $6.58 million to malaria in 2014 through a combination of employee absenteeism, and increased health care spending.
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"The fight against malaria is not only a passion for me but a responsibility I bear, not only as a mother but as a true citizen who cares for the health of all our people".
"Malaria in Ghana accounted for about 48.5 per cent of under-five deaths in 2015, still remaining one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country," she revealed.
Initiative will be spearheaded by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programmes together with Ghana National Malaria Control Program.
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