Africa Day 2024

Posted 24th May 2024 by Aminah Alhamdu

The 25th of May 2024 is Africa Day, a worldwide celebration of the African continent and an opportunity to commemorate Africa-wide efforts towards a malaria-free future.  

This year, we deliberated with the wider team and decided to approach the occasion with a Pan-African theme, highlighting the importance of African unity and centring self-sufficient, Africa-based solutions in the conversation around malaria-research. It is worth noting the recently updated strategy for WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, which underscores the importance of country ownership and how it ‘promotes inclusive governance, accountability, inclusion of key stakeholders’, substantiating the need to maintain these principles going forward. 

We remain united through networks and partnerships, and in light of this, we would like to acknowledge the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) and African Leaders Malaria Alliance who, among many other organisations, perform work that is integral to Africa-wide efforts against malaria. We would also like to use this moment to applaud our stakeholders across Africa: scientists, stakeholder engagement teams and communities across the continent who all contribute to and guide our research through a community-led, co-development approach. 

This Africa Day, we used the wax pattern design from World Malaria Day as a basis for our campaign visuals, and created a series of flag icons to represent our teams across Africa, based in GhanaBurkina Faso, and Uganda. 

Additionally, we have shared the prompt ‘What are three words that come to mind when you hear the phrase ‘Pan-Africanism?’ with our team, and are excited to reveal a visual with their responses. 

Wishing you an enriching Africa Day!