Following a courtesy visit to the SADC Secretariat headquarters in Botswana on October 28 2019, a delegation from the E8 led by Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health for Zambia, and accompanied by Deputy Minister of Health for Namibia, Hon. Ms. Juliet Kavetuna, met Her Excellency Dr. Lawrence Tax and SADC Secretariat colleagues to appraise them on the progress of malaria elimination in the E8 region. During this visit, Hon. Dr. Chilufya emphasized the importance of SADC Secretariat’s role in supporting the E8 Initiative and realizing the goals set out in the E8 Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020. He further noted the need for enhanced domestic funding towards malaria elimination
It was against the backdrop of this courtesy visit that H.E. Dr. Tax would later commend the E8 during the annual Joint Meeting of SADC Ministers of Health Responsible for HIV and AIDS, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 04 – 08 November 2019. In her words, Dr. tax said “May I commend the E8 for the continued foresight and progress made. During the meeting, we agreed on the need to revitalize the E8, in line with your decision of 2009 establishing a sub-committee on malaria elimination to oversee both malaria elimination and control in the SADC region. It is, therefore, important that these efforts are cascaded to cover the entire SADC region, in the spirit of the Windhoek Declaration on Eliminating Malaria in the SADC region as adopted by the SADC summit in August 2018 in Namibia,”
She continued to say that it is encouraging that the SADC region continues to make steady progress towards the achievement of the health and well-being of the Southern African community. H.E Dr. Stergomena further called upon all member states to continue exploring innovative domestic funding streams to fund health interventions. It was also noted that the involvement of member states in the fight against malaria cases and deaths related to
malaria, SADC is winning the battle. This intervention has brought about a substantial reduction of mortality attributed to the infectious disease, Tax said.