According to the World Health Organisation 2015 report on malaria in Nigeria, although malaria-caused death rates are progressively on the decline, from 227,645 deaths annually in 1990 to 192,284 in 2015, malaria is still a leading cause of avoidable deaths in Nigeria. World Health Organisation International. 2015. World Malaria Report 2015 December 2015.
Malaria is the most symbolic public health challenge in Nigeria. The economic cost of malaria, arising from cost of treatment, children’s inability to access education, loss of productivity and earning due to days lost from illness, may be as high as 1.3% of economic growth annually. Malaria is a major cause of maternal mortality and poor child development World Health Organisation International. 2013. Factsheet on the World Malaria Report 2013
The fight against malaria requires involvement from various stakeholders. Until recent years the malaria problem has been seen as a challenge for the health sector alone with little involvement by other sectors or the general community.
The groups most susceptible to the malaria virus in Nigeria remain rural dwellers and slum communities. Nature.com. 2016. Disease: Poverty and pathogens.
In 2009 we launched our first malaria preventive and intervention strategy known as the Development Africa Malaria Elimination Project (DAMEP) and formerly the Nigeria Malaria Prevention and Control Programme (NMCPP) in communities throughout Nigeria.
Till date our malaria projects have covered many local communities in the following states; Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Zamfara, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Kogi, Ogun, Cross Rivers and Imo.
Our strategic approach includes continued support from national authorities and health ministries in essential public-health functions related to malaria control such as; promotion of synergies with related health programmes especially those for immunizations, child and maternal health, pharmaceuticals and environmental health; promotion of the participation of communities and civil society, engagement of the private sector in the delivery of prevention and treatment, identification of best practices and financing mechanisms for extending interventions, and preparation of tools and support measures for district level management.
At Development Africa our goal is to continue to improve and expand our project capacity at the national, state and local government levels in collaboration with funding agencies and other various stakeholders who are passionate and focused on improving community health in Nigeria.
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