Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Joins Africare as Honorary Chair
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, has been appointed as Honorary Chair to the Africare Board of Directors.
“I am delighted to welcome President Sirleaf as Honorary Chair,” said Steve Cashin, Chair of the Board of Directors for Africare. “She brings a valuable perspective having worked tirelessly in Liberia to rebuild the nation. Our board is looking forward to benefitting from President Sirleaf’s vast experience as we move forward to expand our impact strengthening communities in Africa.”
President Sirleaf was the first woman elected head of state of an African country. She served as President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. During her time as President, she dedicated herself to developing institutions, infrastructure and an open society where freedom of speech, religion, and association are promoted. President Sirleaf joined an elite group of former presidents of African countries in February 2018 when she was awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
“I am grateful for the progress we have made in Liberia. However, much work remains to be done in Liberia and all across Africa. There is one organization that continues to help us make progress – Africare. For almost 50 years, Africare has been in the forefront of the effort to help Africans build strong and resilient communities that can withstand the inevitable challenges that face developing countries,” noted President Sirleaf.
Africare works in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Established in 1970, Africare is the oldest, most experienced, non-profit international development organization focused exclusively on Africa. It has a reputation for excellence in program implementation, especially in the areas of health, nutrition, agriculture and food security, youth and women’s empowerment, and humanitarian assistance.
“I am honored that President Sirleaf will join the Africare family,” noted Robert L. Mallett, President of Africare. “Africare’s programs and projects in Liberia save and improve lives. The work Africare does is critical in addressing development challenges and building vibrant futures for communities. President Sirleaf has much wisdom to share about the need for our work across Africa. President Sirleaf is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. sorority, which is a long-term partner of Africare and we are thrilled about that synergy.”
Africare in Nigeria will convene a stakeholder summit on April 12th in Abuja to release the results of a six-year malaria prevention program in Nigeria that was implemented with the support of ExxonMobil.
“The Africare MAPS-C project has helped advance our goals of working with partners to provide malaria prevention therapies to communities in Nigeria and helping to improve health infrastructure,” said Kevin Murphy, president of ExxonMobil Foundation. “We were proud to support Africare in training health workers in electronic data capture and timely sharing of health information.”
The Malaria Prevention in Mobil Producing Nigeria Supplier Communities (MAPS-C) project ran from 2011 through 2017 and was focused on four local government areas in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States (Eket, Ibeno, Bonny and Ogu/Bolo) reaching over 90,000 people. Beneficiaries included children under five and pregnant women in households within these communities.
Among the top-line results of the evaluation of the MAPS-C project, it was found that:
- The percentage of under-five children who received Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) as a treatment for malaria increased from 21% at the start of the project, to 74% in 2016
- Percentage of persons with suspected malaria that were tested increased from less than 30% at the start of the project, to more than 90% in 2016.
- Overtreatment reduced from 97% in 2015 to 2% in 2017
- Awareness increased from about 30% to over 80% (the target in the National Malaria Elimination Strategy for Nigeria)
For more details and statistics on Africare’s work, click here Africare-2pgr-v3MAPS-C Nigeria Digital