20-07-2017, Geneva (Switzerland): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on development (IGAD), H.E Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, held discussions with the Chief Executive Officer of Roll Back Malaria, Dr. Kest, in Geneva on July 20th.

Amb Maalim and the members of the IGAD delegation briefed Dr Kest and his management team members about the current health related initiatives at IGAD, including the underway HIV, TB and malaria strategy. The two parties discussed the potential areas of collaboration in this matter and other related issues.

Dr Kest highlighted that a regional approach to the issue of malaria was needed and that it was high time to bring malaria to the top of the regional agenda. He further mentioned that IGAD had a key role to play in provoking the political commitment of Member States. He finally stated the high interest of his organization to work in fruitful partnership with IGAD.