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The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) was launched by African Heads of State and Government during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009 to provide African leaders with a high-level forum to ensure efficient procurement, distribution, and utilization of malaria control interventions; facilitate the sharing of effective malaria control practices; and ensure that malaria remains high on the global policy agenda. ALMA members are concerned that malaria affects over 200 million Africans and costs Africa at least USD$ 12 billion annually in direct costs to development. ALMA is comprised of 49 African Heads of State and Government who are committed to reaching the United Nations Secretary-General's goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.
The objectives of ALMA are to:
Keep malaria high on the political and policy agenda at global, national and local levels;
Provide a forum for high level advocacy for the attainment of the 2015 malaria targets, including the funding needs;
Provide a forum to review progress and address challenges being faced in meeting the malaria targets;
Maintain the focus and collective attention on malaria within the International Community, the United Nations and regional organizations;
Furnish a platform for collective advocacy with multilateral organizations on such policy priorities as the timely release of donor funds and the efficient implementation of the global strategy essential for malaria awareness, acquisition and dispensing malaria control assets;
Provide a forum for sharing best practices on combating malaria