11.8m take a look at kits, 13.4m mosquito nets delivered to Nigerians in 2023 – USAID

The United States Agency for International Development by means of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative funding and programmes delivered 13.4m mattress nets, six million fast-acting medicines, and 11.8m Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests to clinics and communities in Nigeria in 2023.

This was disclosed in a press release made obtainable to our correspondent on Thursday by the U. S Embassy because the speech of the Deputy Mission Director, Sara Werth to commemorate World Malaria Day.

WMD is commemorated yearly on April twenty fifth to recognise world efforts to regulate malaria. This 12 months’s celebration was themed ‘Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world.’

Malaria—a life-threatening illness attributable to parasites transmitted to people by means of the bites of contaminated feminine Anopheles mosquitoes—happens repeatedly and is widespread throughout Nigeria.

The World Health Organisation estimates that Nigeria had practically 67 million instances in 2022 accounting for 27 % of the worldwide malaria burden.  Also in 2022, Nigeria accounted for 31 per cent of worldwide deaths and 38 per cent of worldwide deaths in kids underneath the age of 5.

PUNCH Online reviews that the Federal Government will maintain a high-level assembly with stakeholders tomorrow, Friday, May third, 2024, to debate the implementation of the Rethink Malaria Initiative.

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The initiative, he famous, will assist redefine methods within the struggle towards malaria within the nation.

Meanwhile, USAID mentioned, “Worldwide, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative has helped save over 10.6 million lives and prevented 1.7 billion malaria infections since 2000. PMI has partnered with Nigeria to struggle malaria since 2011, contributing $914m to this point and $73m in 2023.

“USAID, through PMI funding and programmes, delivered 13.4m bed nets, six million fast-acting medicines, and 11.8m Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests to clinics and communities in Nigeria over the past year.  In 2023, more than 7,200 health workers were trained to strengthen their skills in malaria detection, treatment, and how to provide lifesaving care for their communities.”

Werth lauded the Federal Ministry of Health for collaborating with the United States authorities and dealing to foster strong and efficient malaria providers sooner or later.

“As we reflect on the challenges and triumphs in our collective battle against malaria, let us reaffirm our commitment to a future where no family in Nigeria fears the threat of this disease,” remarked Werth.

She continued, “I urge the government of Nigeria to invest in making malaria programming more efficient and effective using data and other evidence to inform malaria implementation and drive faster results.”



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