Dr Esther Tallah says a word on CCAM at Magazine Launch
11 July 2008
3 July 2008, The Yaounde Hilton Hotel
Speech delivered on the occasion of the Launching of the CCAM Magazine, “About Malaria”
Dr. Esther Tallah
The Minister of Public Health
And all other Ministers and government officials represented,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps here present,
Dignitaries and the Clergy,
All members of the Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria, CCAM
Ladies and gentlemen
I am glad to address you all on the occasion of the launching of the first-ever CCAM Magazine. This publication is unique in that it not only reports on the activities of CCAM, but embarks on tackling key issues related to malaria control and prevention as well as treatment.
It is an authentic media advocacy tool on malaria that Cameroon Media Against Malaria (CAMAM) with the helping hand of CCAM has published to get everyone involved in the fight against malaria. “About Malaria” as the magazine is rightly called is out to champion this course.
There is no denying the fact that malaria is ravaging our society and leaving untold scars of distress and heartbreak on the African continent. Our family members are perishing every day all because of malaria, with children below five and pregnant women being the most unfortunate victims. Many of our children who are born in our country do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday. With this, our population growth is mimed by something that we know how to prevent and treat without complication.There is urgent need to act now and not later.
The work of CCAM is in one statement: mobilising to engage stakeholders to support the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to overcome this enemy and win the malaria battle.
CCAM is just a baby who was born for a purpose, walked prematurely and is moving with sturdy strides towards that purpose. Of course, heading on and avoiding falling like toddlers do when they start walking. With your support, the baby is certainly growing strong to become a force to reckon with in the fight against malaria in Cameroon and why not beyond.
Together we will win the battle. In Africa, the fact that a child dies every 30 seconds because of malaria will become history. This is possible.
A hearty thank you to all of you who have been supporting us relentlessly and sacrificing enormously to nurture the baby right from birth.
Thank you all here present for sparing some of your charged schedules to spend time with us here this evening.
Thank you all very much for your kind attention.
WE ARE AIMING AT VICTORY IN THIS BATTLE!!!