Kagame gets 2nd award in 2014
President Paul Kagame received another award of Distinction in recognition of his leadership in peace building and reconciliation, development, good governance, promotion of human rights and women empowerment and advancement of education and ICT.
The event of recognizing winners of the 2013 Silverbird Man of the Year, Kagame was the nine 9 persons who granted awards and honours for distinguished themselves in different parts of life.
Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Joseph Habineza received the award on behalf of President Kagame, at the event held in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 3rd, 2014
In the 2013 edition saw 8 other Persons were awarded. Other Awardees included; President Ernest Bia Koroma of Sierra Leone and Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos state, Coach Steven Keshi Chief Joop Berkhout, Dr. Tunji Braithwate and Dr. Chinweizu.
At the 22nd African Union Summit of heads of states in February 2014, Kagame was recognized for spearheading Rwanda among the seven African countries that have managed to combat malaria, with Rwanda making over 75% drop in the incidence of malaria in the last 6 years.
Rwanda emerged as the third winner of the end malaria awards which were presented at the African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa, this February
Armando Guebuza, President of Mozambique, conferred the 2014 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Awards for Excellence in Vector Control to Cape Verde, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Swaziland.
Rwanda has seen significant improvement in the fight against malaria due its political will and government support to community participation in the eradication of malaria which kills over 627,000 people every year and at least USD $12 billion every year in economic potential.
In 2012 cases of malaria were at 5205 people, while in December 2013, the country had the highest number with 816 cases. For the first quarter of 2013 the health center has recorded more than 1950 cases of patients with 897 people in January.
Rwanda is set to eradicate malaria-related deaths in 2017 and the government believes that in order to achieve this, it will require the participation of the community and the use of appropriate drugs and insecticide-treated bed nets.