Faith Leaders & Philanthropists Address COVID-19’s Threat to Malaria

Friends of the Global Fight and the J.C. Flowers Foundation held a webinar focused on how faith leaders and philanthropists are partnering with national- and community-level health authorities in Sub-Saharan Africa to maintain progress towards malaria elimination and to mitigate COVID-19’s negative impact.

The discussion explored:

-The impact of COVID-19 on progress towards malaria elimination
-The role of faith leaders in malaria elimination—including interfaith efforts
-How philanthropists are partnering with faith leaders to fight both malaria and COVID-19
-The facilitating role of the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria working with faith, philanthropic and private sector actors in malaria response and its COVID-19 Response Mechanism
-The case for continued public sector investment towards malaria elimination

Panelists:

-Mark P. Lagon, Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight (moderator)
-J. Christopher Flowers, Philanthropist and CEO, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
-Dr. Kundai Mapanga, Paediatric Medical Officer, Rundu Intermediate Hospital, Namibia
-The Right Reverend David Njovu, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Zambia and Member of the Zambia End Malaria Council
-Sheikh Dr. Shaban Phiri, Secretary General, Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia and Member of the Zambia End Malaria Council
-Dr. Jenny Dyer, Founder, The 2030 Collaborative
-Neville Isdell, Philanthropist and former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company