Abuja, 16 February 2016 - SuNMaP, the Support to National Malaria Programme, has come to an end after eight years of working to improve Nigeria’s health system. Today – on the first of a two-day event in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital – partners, donors and key stakeholders are discussing the achievements, key findings and recommendations of the programme that has played an integral part in reducing the malaria burden in the country.
With around 182 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. It currently ranks amongst the world’s fastest growing economies. But back in 2008, one of the biggest threats to its economic success was malaria.
As a response, Malaria Consortium helped design a programme that would address this challenge on multiple fronts, working closely with the government's National Malaria Elimination Programme and bringing together national and international partners.
The SuNMaP programme recognised that the only way to create a sustainable approach towards elimination was to move beyond the public sector and create an attractive proposition for the commercial sector.
Funded by UK aid and led by Malaria Consortium, SuNMaP was jointly managed by partners Health Partners International and GRID Consulting. The programme was implemented over eight years across 10 states in Nigeria, including Anambra, Kano, Niger, Katsina, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Enugu, Kaduna and Yobe.
Key accomplishments include the following:7.4 million long lasting insecticidal nets were distributed, simultaneously to mass sensitisation on their use. By 2013, the net campaign had successfully increased ownership from seven percent to 49 percent. At a grassroots level, over 23,000 local health workers received training that was tailored to the needs of each region.
SuNMaP has helped develop a solid malaria control infrastructure, a viable business model for the commercial sector and has successfully brought all partners together, moving towards one powerful vision. Watch our film to learn more:
The next challenge will be to build on the progress achieved under SuNMaP and extend this to all states in the country.
For more information, check out our resources:SuNMaP website SuNMaP final report Nigeria state fact sheets Success stories