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As African women leading influential and impact-driven organizations – the Ecobank Foundation and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance – we are passionate about building a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable African economy.One such disease is malaria.To be sure, Africa has lately made significant progress in combating malaria. From 2010 to 2015, as part of the global Millennium Development Goals, the continent reduced the malaria incidence rate (the number of new infections) by 21 percent and malaria deaths by 31 percent.In 2015, an estimated 212 million people contracted malaria worldwide, with 47 percent of cases concentrated in just six African countries.There is, therefore, an urgent need to accelerate progress – and end malaria for good.No single African country can reliably eliminate malaria so long as the disease remains rampant among its neighbors. Malaria does not, after all, respect borders.
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