The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) recently launched a new Malaria Scorecard for Accountability and Action. Â This tracking tool Â allows African leaders, governments and global donors to be held accountable for progress against malaria, encouraging transparency in global health efforts. ALMA is an alliance of African Heads of States and Governments from 40 countries. The new scorecard tracks various stakeholder’s progress toward vital targets such as financing, devlivery of malaria commodities (mosquito nets, etc.), malaria policy, malaria mortality and maternal & child health indicators. The hope is that this new tool will support the achievement of the global goal of near zero malaria deaths by 2015, building on recent successes including the fact that 11 African nations have reduced malaria by more than 50%.
â€œAfrica is pursuing ambitious targets against malaria and having timely, trusted data is critical to reaching our goals,â€� said Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of ALMA. â€œArmed with this information, African leaders and partners can make policy decisions and demand action that will help countries rapidly improve their efforts against malaria.â€�