President William Ruto has been feted with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Joyce Kafanabo Award for Excellence and Innovation.
The President is among seven heads of state and government who were feted with the Excellence and Innovation Awards for advancing the digitalisation agenda for malaria, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as well as enhancing data-driven decision-making.
The awards were announced by President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea Bissau who is also the Chair of ALMA. The Inaugural awards are named after Joyce Kafanabo, former Senior Director at ALMA, who passed away in January 2021.
“These awards are a fitting tribute to the legacy of Joyce Kafanabo and the impact she had on the fight against malaria and other diseases, and they serve as a testament to the progress that has been made and the potential for continued success in the fight against these diseases,” said President Embaló.
In his acceptance speech, President Ruto extended his gratitude to the president Embaló the chair of ALMA. “I stand before you with deep humility to accept on behalf of the government and the people of Kenya the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Joyce Kafanabo Award for excellence and innovation.” he said.
“Sissoco has shown a steadfast commitment to excellence, efficiency and integrity in governance and to discipline and orderly service delivery to development,” he remarked and promised to devote his time to pursuing positive change when it came to healthcare in the country.