About Ghana Malaria Foundation

The Ghana Malaria Foundation (GMF) provides alternatives to fostering sustainable funding for malaria prevention, treatment, and research in Ghana. The GMF was created to help in the short term to source funds for counterpart financing and in the long term ensure sustainability of malaria programming in the face of dwindling donor funds resulting from Ghana’s achievement of middle income status.

 

History

Led by the National Malaria Control Program’s Resource Mobilization Unit, stakeholders organized a series of workshops to brainstorm on ways to raise domestic funds. Stakeholders agreed that a private sector-led Foundation that is independent and managed by the private sector would best help to raise much needed domestic funds. The NMCP subsequently approached a prominent and patriotic Ghanaian businessman in the person of Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng (President of UT Holdings) to be a Malaria Ambassador. Mr Amoabeng created team(link to trustees page) of like-minded Ghanaian business men and women to set up the Ghana Malaria Foundation.

 

Mission

To attract, invest, and manage domestic and international resources to fight malaria in order to achieve and sustain a Malaria Free Ghana.

 

Goal

To build a sustainable resource base for the fight against malaria in Ghana by positioning the Ghana Malaria Foundation as an authentic, transparent and accountable source of funding.

 

 

GMF’s Rationale

Ghana is a malaria endemic country with the whole population at risk for the disease, the fight against malaria is currently at control stage but the country would like to move to pre Elimination and then to Elimination. To reach Elimination would require increased and sustained financing to ensure expansion in the deployment of proven interventions and the maintaining of others. However, funding for malaria has been heavily dependent on international donors in spite of government’s efforts in infrastructure development, procurement of drugs, logistics and human resource development. Further, in recent years Ghana has been classified as a lower middle income country. This lower middle income status has brought in its wake requests by donors for counterpart financing but the government has some challenges in meeting its requirements for counterpart financing; and therefore, there is consistently a gap in the funds required to deploy malaria interventions in order to move from control to Elimination. The Ghana Malaria Foundation is a private sector-led Public Private Partnership set up to lead the process for generating domestic funds and search for alternate means to Eliminate malaria from Ghana (A Malaria Free Ghana) by the year 2030.