We echo the World Health Organization’s call for SMC to be delivered alongside countries’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that SMC is an essential service that we can deliver in line with government strategies. In Nigeria, where 97 percent of the population is at risk of malaria, continued access to SMC in in 2020 would prevent up to 962,000 malaria cases and 9,600 malaria deaths. Together with global SMC stakeholders, we have developed extensive, enhanced safety and infection prevention contingency measures for SMC that will greatly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection for all those involved — particularly children under five, who are among the most vulnerable.
Country: NigeriaKeywords: Community delivery | Public health communications | Advocacy | Child and maternal health | Health system strengthening | Malaria | Diagnosis | Elimination | Maternal, neonatal and child health | Preventive treatments | Seasonal malaria chemoprevention | Treatment | SDG3
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