Malaria Consortium is supporting Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme to deliver malaria interventions to help the country reach its goal of reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels by 2025 - equating to less than 10 percent parasite prevalence and 50 deaths per 1,000 for mortality attributable to malaria.
Nigeria has the highest malaria burden in the world, recording over 61 million cases in 2019 and 95,000 deaths attributable to malaria. Pregnant women and young children are particularly at risk. The three-year, multi-partner project is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and will be delivered in 13 highly populous malaria-endemic states, alongside the National Malaria Elimination Programme and Catholic Relief Services.
Drawing on the organisation’s expertise and experience in capacity building and training, Malaria Consortium is working with staff at the national, state, local and health facility level, as well as directly with community health workers, to strengthen coordination and collaboration that promote greater efficiency and effectiveness of malaria control activities. Malaria Consortium will also lead on the integrated community case management component in Jigawa and Niger states, supporting the roll out of the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) intervention.
Malaria Consortium will also use its considerable experience in delivering mass distribution campaigns to distribute over five million long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in Jigawa and Yobe between 2021 and 2022 and deliver seasonal malaria chemoprevention to approximately eight million eligible children each year in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Niger in 2021–2023.
“This is project is unprecedented in the history of support Malaria Consortium has given to the Nigerian Government since 2008. It cuts across all facets of health service delivery and deploys what are currently the best, most comprehensive, at-scale, effective, innovative and tailored strategies for malaria control to the Nigerian populace, as envisioned by the Nigerian Government. We are optimistic about the outcome on the burden of malaria in Nigeria through the activities of this project.” said Olatunde Adesoro, Malaria Consortium Nigeria’s Programme Director
Through the project, Malaria Consortium aims to contribute to Nigeria’s strategic objectives to improve access to and use of vector control interventions for targeted populations and ensure provision of chemoprevention, diagnosis and treatment for 80 percent of targeted populations. In addition, to improve the generation of evidence for impactful decision-making through accurate reporting of quality malaria data in public and private health facilities and other data sources, such as surveillance, surveys and research.