Studies have shown about thirty days of work is on the average lost in a year due to Malaria.
This lost translates into absenteeism from daily activities and thereby low productivity and low income generation.
The private sector employs over ninety percent of the country’s working population.
Therefore if the private sector leads or offers support to malaria elimination by making their workforce malaria free, then a huge proportion of the Ghanaian population would be saved.
For this reason, the initiative, the Private Sector Malaria Prevention Project comes in handy.
The initiative aims at invigorating private sector’s contribution to malaria control mainly by facilitating the supply and distribution of insecticide treated bed nets.
It is being implemented by the John Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs and funded by United Kingdom Department for International Development.
Already some private companies are contributing immensely to malaria eradication.
For example AngloGold Ashanti, Iduapriem Limited embraced the Malaria Safe Initiative and launched a control strategy in July 2017.
The company has since distributed 12,500 insecticide treated nets to employees and 16 host communities.
At a maiden malaria safe awards ceremony in Takoradi the Acting Programmes Manager for the National Malaria Control Programme Dr. Keziah Malm assured her outfit and its partners stand in support to provide guidance regarding appropriate malaria control polices and interventions to private companies.
“The private sector employs 90% of total population with agriculture and the informal sector leading over 40%…therefore if we can get the private sector to support in making their work force malaria free then it means we have won a battle for a huge proportion of the Ghanaian population”.
“This is why we are happy to support the work of PSMP… to ensure we reach this all important goal of ensuring a malaria free workforce for the private sector and by extension their families”.
Chief of party for the Private Sector Malaria Prevention Programme, Felix Nyarnor Fosu said the maiden Malaria Safe Awards is to recognize distinguished private – sector companies in the Western Region that have made innovative investments in malaria prevention and control activities that target employees, dependents and host communities.
The special awards went to AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Limited, Golden Star Resources Limited, Zeal Environmental Technologies, Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited and Norpalm. Goldfields Ghana Limited, Ghana Rubber Estates limited, Samatex, ENI Ghana limited and Persus Mining Ghana limited were also recognized for their efforts at combating malaria.