Over 60 million long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are being distributed to every household in Nigeria, protecting millions of lives from malaria. This comprehensive nationwide effort represents an unprecedented opportunity to address one of Nigeria’s biggest health problems.
Nigeria, given its population and level of malaria burden, is a keystone country in the global effort to reduce the number of annual deaths caused by malaria. With a population of 148 million, Nigeria contributes a quarter of the malaria burden in Africa – 50% of the population will have at least one malaria attack a year, and 300,000 children will die from malaria each year.
Critical funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) resulted in the establishment of the Support to National Malaria Programme (SuNMaP). In 2008, DFID launched the £50 million SuNMaP programme, led by Malaria Consortium, to help strengthen the delivery of Nigeria’s malaria control efforts over five years. SuNMaP is implemented within the framework of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), and complements funds from the World Bank, the United States Government, UN agencies and others. Together, these programs aim to achieve universal net coverage in Nigeria by 2010, a key target in the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) and a vital component of global efforts to tackle malaria.