Global fund to give Nigeria $417m grant to tackle malaria

THE National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Audu Mohammed, today, January 28,  said Nigeria would get three-year grant of $417 million from the Global Fund to tackle malaria.

Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Nigeria accounted for 25 per cent of Global Malaria burden.

NMEP is responsible for formulating, facilitating policy and guidelines; coordinates partners and stakeholders’ malaria control activities and provides technical support to states’ malaria programmes. It also provides support for local government areas, stakeholders, mobilise resources, monitor, evaluate progress and outcome of malaria elimination efforts across the country.

According to him, Malaria programme will take 47 per cent out of the N890 million allocation from Global Fund to Nigeria to reduce HIV, TB and Malaria from 2021 to 2023.

Mohammed said malaria was responsible for 60 per cent of outpatient visits to health facilities, 30 per cent of childhood deaths, 25 per cent of deaths in children under one year and 11 per cent maternal deaths.

He disclosed that  the grant would complement the Federal Government and other donor partners efforts in implementing activities and programmes that would reduce malaria.

“The grant is to procure live-saving commodities such as mosquito nets, medication and rapid test tools among others in 13 states for the poor and hard-to-reach people in those states.

“Ten per cent of the grant will be used for Resilient Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) which is an integral part of the grant.

“Nigeria is among  the countries recommended for programme continuation from Global Fund grant, which means that the country is performing well in the precious grant.

“With the new grant, we will continue implementing the National Strategic Plan on Malaria Elimination and will still be focusing on the 13 states that are currently getting support from the fund.

“The states are Adamawa, Delta, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Taraba and Yobe,“ he said.

Mohammed said that the objective of the grant was to contribute to rapid and sustained scale up of malaria control interventions in the implementing states.

He said the grant would enable the office to upgrade health facilities, facilitate increase access to anti-malaria commodities, strengthen routine surveillance and data for decision making.

The coordinator said the office would also engage private sector involved in Malaria programmes in those communities in the implementing states. (NAN)

About author

You might also like

BREAKING NEWS 0 Comments

Sanofi Diabetes Summit debuts on October 18

All is now set for the first Sanofi Diabetes Forum scheduled to hold in Lagos on Wednesday, October 18, General Manager and Country Chair, Sanofi Nigeria-Ghana, Folake Odediran announced earlier

NEWS 0 Comments

1,086 youths test positive to HIV/Aids in Nasarawa

About 1,086 out of 75, 435 young Nigerians between the ages of 14 and 19, who were counselled and tested for HIV/AIDS in Nasarawa State, have been confirmed to be

Chevron intensifies partnership with Lagos government on healthcare

… donates ambulance, refurbishes General Hospital ward Chevron, Nigeria’s third-largest oil producer, Tuesday intensified its partnership with the Lagos state government on health care delivery, as it handed over to

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply