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   Country Statistics

   Malaria Consortium in Nigeria


   Projects currently undertaken in Nigeria

   Country Progress



Country Statistics

Population size (2009)

154 million

Life expectancy (2005)

46.5 years

Child Mortality (Deaths Before the Age of 5) (2007)

189 per 1,000 live births

Maternal Mortality (2005)

1,100 per 100,000 births

Percentage of HIV-positive adults (15-49) (2007)


Percentage of households with ≥ 1 mosquito nets (2007)


Percentage of Insecticide Treated Net Coverage (2006)


Number of reported malaria cases (2007)


Number of reported malaria deaths (2007)



Statistical data obtained from DESA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO


Malaria Consortium in Nigeria

Critical funding from the UK’s Department for International Development resulted in the establishment of the £50 million Support to National Malaria Programme (SuNMaP) in Nigeria.

SuNMaP is being implemented by a Malaria Consortium-led partnership of international and national companies and non-governmental organisations. The project is being implemented in six states – Lagos, Kano, Anambra, Ogun, Katsina and Niger States, with national headquarters in Abuja also providing support at the federal level.

The programme is offering Nigeria the technical expertise and experience it needs for a comprehensive fight against malaria.  It supports a pluralistic approach that, in addition to strengthening government capacity to lead and manage malaria control interventions, prepares Nigerian commerce and civil society for their long-term role of tackling malaria in the country.

The programme relies on a strong and inclusive mix of partners, including Malaria Consortium, Health Partners International , GRID Consulting, Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communications Program, Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, Christian Health Association of Nigeria, CHAN-MediPharm, Universities of London and Enugu and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group.

As a part of a larger $1 billion-plus global partnership, SuNMaP works with the National Malaria Control Programme to harmonise donor efforts and funding agencies around agreed national policies and plans geared towards key targets of the Global Malaria Action Plan.

Its expected outputs are:

  • Improved national, state and local government  level capacity for policy development, planning and coordination
  • Effective harmonisation of all agencies’ support for the malaria sub-sector at federal, state and local levels
  • Improved population coverage of effective measures for the prevention of malaria
  • Improved access of the population to effective treatment for malaria
  • Increased community awareness and demand for effective malaria treatment and prevention
  • Operational research into key areas of prevention and treatment that provides the evidence base for more effective strategies
  • Four million long-lasting insecticidal nets given to households previously without nets and net coverage targets over three years
  • Five million Intermittent Preventive Treatment doses given out to pregnant women
  • Affordable ACTs to under-fives with fever and nets by support of the commercial sector
  • Improved quality of care in targeted health facilities in the project states.


It was Malaria Consortium’s lead role on the SuNMaP project that spurred the organisation to start operations in Nigeria in 2008. Malaria Consortium was keen to engage in a country responsible for 25% of all cases of malaria in Africa. The organisation had contributed significantly to the Roll Back Malaria 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 hopes to diversify its operations in Nigeria.

SuNMaP is undertaking a series of assessments, e.g. malaria control programme management capacity assessments, pharmaceutical supply management assessments, health facilities assessments, communication literature review and formative research.

Based on early findings, the programme has developed strategies around key issues and has started planning and rolling out its interventions. This includes support to the development of state malaria control plans including communication strategies, development of malaria-related capacity-building materials and training. 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 National Malaria Control Programme to develop a national plan and set of standard operating procedures for 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 net ownership and usage rate post campaign in these two states, the results of which will inform any improvement required for the extension of net campaigns to other states.

Projects Currently Undertaken in Nigeria

Project Title

Funding Organisation

Support to National Malaria Programme (SuNMaP) in Nigeria


Country Progress

SuNMaP so far has:

  • Set-up offices and started operations at federal level and in six states
  • Undertaken a series of baseline assessments
  • Contributed to the new National Malaria Strategic Plan 2009-13
  • Developed programme strategies around key intervention areas and an monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Initiated its support around malaria control programme management capacity- building at federal and state level
  • Provided technical leadership to the National Malaria Programme for the development of a national plan (63 million long-lasting insecticidal nets to be distributed by the end of 2010) and standard operating procedures for nets coverage scale-up through mass distribution campaigns. This includes a strong demand-creation strategy for community and household mobilisation.
  • Been a key actor in the partnerships that implemented the LLIN campaign in Kano and Anambra States where six million LLINs were distributed (out of which two million was directly distributed by SuNMaP was and the remainder distributed through USAID and World Bank projects).


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