I believe malaria elimination will not be possible unless the local communities and civil society are fully and meaningfully engaged, as they are the front liners and the ones present in areas where the health systems are unable to reach, working with them will help to save lives but also ensure universal coverage of interventions for communities at risk.
Currently, she is leading the Civil Society for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME), a global network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that communities are at the center of efforts to eliminate malaria. Although it is in its infancy, CS4ME is proving to be an effective platform for community engagement and trainings. Olivia is also a member of the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund and previously worked as the country director of Cameroon for Malaria No More.
Olivia’s efforts to increase political will and domestic resources in the fight against malaria have helped result in Cameroon increasing its domestic funding to malaria by over 400% in recent years. At 34 years old, Olivia is frequently asked by the Government of Cameroon to participate in technical working groups to pursue policies including universal health care and national strategic plans to sustainably address malaria and other health problems.