Areas of focus in Nigeria
Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP)
Malaria Consortium’s lead role on the Support to National Malaria Programme (SuNMaP) project spurred the organisation to start operations in Nigeria in 2008. Malaria Consortium was keen to engage in a country responsible for 25 percent of all cases of malaria in Africa. The organisation had contributed significantly to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) needs assessment early in 2008, prior the start of SuNMaP project. Since then, seven offices (one in the capital Abuja and one in each of the six supported states) have been in charge of implementing SuNMaP project. After having built a strong foundation for the success of SuNMaP, Malaria Consortium is diversifying its operations in Nigeria.
SuNMaP undertook series of assessments and surveys dedicatedly and in conjunction with other RBM partners:
- Malaria control programme management capacity assessments
- Pharmaceutical supply management assessments
- Health facilities assessments
- Communication literature review and formative research
- Post Net Campaign Surveys
- Monitoring Areas Studies
- Retail outlet survey
- Omnibus survey
- Malaria Indicator Survey
Based on the findings, the programme has developed strategies and rollout plans around key issues and has commenced roll out its interventions. The plans include National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and state malaria control annual operation plans, communication strategies, development of malaria-related capacity-building materials and training plan. A monitoring and evaluation framework has been finalised to follow project progress during the five years of the programme.
After having contributed significantly to the drafting of the new National Malaria Strategic Plan, SuNMaP has been actively engaged in donor forums, strongly advocating for more coordinated partner efforts. SuNMaP has also principally been involved as a technical lead (in collaboration with a World Bank-funded consultant) in supporting the NMEP to develop a national plan and set of standard operating procedures for long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) coverage scale-up through mass distribution campaigns. It has also played a critical role in the coordination and implementation of the first two net campaigns covering a Northern and a Southern State. Surveys are being organised to ascertain post campaign net ownership and usage rates in these two states, the results of which will inform any improvement required for the extension of net campaigns to other states.
Reducing the Malaria Burden
As part of the ‘Reducing the Malaria Burden
’ project, Malaria Consortium supports Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme to deliver a set of interventions that are designed to build capacity around reporting and case management within the public health system. This project aims to strengthen Nigeria’s public health system and reduce malaria to pre-elimination levels by 2020. The project will be implemented in 13 highly populous and malaria endemic states, with Malaria Consortium delivering interventions at the health facility level in Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Niger and Yobe. We are also implementing the integrated community case management (iCCM) component of the grant in Kebbi and Niger states.