Two of the E8 member states – Zambia and Zimbabwe – have agreed to strengthen cross border collaboration and coordination in the implementation of malaria elimination interventions along their shared borders. The two countries’ Ministers of Health both committed to the elimination of malaria by 2030 during the signing ceremony for the Zambia – Zimbabwe Cross Border Malaria Initiative Agreement held on 27th April 2017 at Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe. The framework agreement and activities signed to in the memorandum build on E8 strategies for cross-border collaboration, enhancing partnership at the bilateral level.

Zimbabwean Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. David Parirenyatwa in his address to the gathering stressed the need for the two countries to synchronize activities through joint implementation of malaria control and elimination interventions.

Zambia’s Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, representing the Government of the Republic of Zambia noted that the Zambian Government recognizes the primacy of partnering with its respective border communities as this was critical to the success in eliminating malaria.