Zambia’s Malaria response and resource requirement is estimated at over 6- hundred and 94 million United States Dollars.
Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya however says the funding gap is estimated at One Hundred Million United States Dollars.
Dr Chilufya disclosed this in Lusaka when he chaired the First End Malaria Council meeting at Zambia National Public Health Institute.
He said eliminating Malaria by 2021 is essential to building a healthy and productive Zambia.
And Dr Chilufya said government will continue to invest in health system strengthening to maintain a productive workforce which is catalytic to economic development.
The End Malaria Council (EMC) is aimed at promoting action and accountability, resource mobilisation and advocacy to end Malaria.
Some of the Council members are Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe, Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda, Defence Minister Davies Chama and Bank of Zambia, Governor Dr. Denny Kalyalya among others.
Meanwhile, Chief Mumena of the Kaonde people of North-western Province who is also a member of the End malaria Council said malaria is a public health threat that affects everyone.
The Traditional Leader said all members of the public should get involved to fight the disease.
Chief Mumena thanked President Edgar Lungu for coming up with the End Malaria Council as an initiative to help fight the disease.
The traditional leader further appealed to other traditional leaders to take interest in helping government fight malaria.