GOVERNMENT has recognised and awarded 35 corporate companies and parastatals following their response to fighting malaria.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office- Investment and Empowerment, Dr Mary Nagu, said in Dar es Salaam on Friday evening, that participation of companies towards malaria eradication shows how corporate social responsibility can contribute towards inclusive socio-economic development.
"This collective approach towards combating malaria is an act of devotion and commitment of the private sector towards achieving a malaria free society," said Dr Nagu during a function at Mwalimu Nyerere International Conference Centre.
Companies and organisations that were recognised included Tanzania Breweries Limited, Bakhresa Company Limited, Tanzania Coffee Board, Serengeti Breweries Limited, Medical Store Department, Kagera Sugar Limited, the Hotel Association of Tanzania and Grumeti Hotels.
Others are Bank of Tanzania (BoT), National Microfinance Bank, CRDB Bank, Stanbic Bank, National Social Security Fund, National Housing Corporation, Twiga Cement, BG Tanzania, Songas, Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL), Tigo, Vodacom, Zantel, Coca Cola and Shoprite and more.
Dr Nagu said the 'Malaria Safe' campaign aims at significantly reducing deaths caused by malaria, thus increasing productivity. "It is estimated that 97 per cent of the Tanzanian population is at risk of contracting malaria accounting for over 30 per cent of the national disease burden," she said.
In his remarks, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Rashid, said approximately 10 million malaria cases are reported annually and that malaria is the leading cause of death amongst children under the age of five.
"Government's thrust is to ensure that all Tanzanians are continuously protected against malaria, using a combination of evidence based interventions and to ensure availability of effective medicines for treating malaria," the Deputy Minister said. The award ceremony was jointly organised by government and the John Hopkins University.