Abuja, 15 April, 2021 – On the 14 April 2021, Nigeria launched the implementation the Global Fund 2021-2023 Malaria grant in direction of reinforce to the elimination of the disease and for constructing resilient sustainable procedure for successfully being across the country.
At a short physical and virtual ceremony, in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehnaire, said the grant will skedaddle Nigeria’s growth in direction of lowering the malaria burden in the country as successfully as strengthening the successfully being procedure. The launching is a be aware up of the Presidential open of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) grant to Nigeria and marks the origin of the implementation of the Global Fund 2021-2023 malaria grant in Nigeria.
The. Minister said though Nigeria in the past few years recorded discount in malaria burden and deaths, there might be peaceful mighty work to originate to forestall a 0-burden set because the country peaceful has a excessive case burden.
“Malaria stays a public successfully being subject. While Nigeria witnessed finest discount in malaria death in 2019 …we must bear in mind of completely different challenges posed by COVID-19 and work to mitigate the impact. We like the total partners which had been working with us to reaching the desired aim.”
He additionally assured that govt would fulfil all grant prerequisites, including the counterpart financing.
In a identical vein, Tag Edington, the Divisional Head of Grant Management of Global Funds, speaking through Zoom, commended Nigeria for kick-beginning the implementation of the malaria grant implementation no topic the continued fight in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that in recognition of the want for extra funding, the Global Funds is prepared to give extra funds to proceed supporting response in opposition to the pandemic, and would rapidly utilize the US govt’s contribution of $3.5 billion to give new funds to Nigeria to augment PPE, neighborhood reinforce, risk communication and logistics. “We additionally assist the malaria programme to incorporate PPE and completely different adaptions vital to be sure that that the malaria campaigns are implemented on time no topic COVID-19. We must place risk mitigation in set to minimize the unfold of COVID-19, he added.
In the goodwill message, the World Health Organization Country Consultant to Nigeria (WR) Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo preferred the Minister for organizing the vital tournament to open the Malaria specific element of the Global Fund grant in Nigeria.
The WR, assured Nigeria of WHO’s unalloyed commitment to persevering with partnership with Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), and all completely different partners through provision of technical reinforce and guidance to place in force the activities vital to meet the National needs.
The WR, represented Dr Anne Eudes Jean Baptiste of WHO said, though Nigeria has made mighty growth in malaria control, with decline in occurrence from 42% in 2010 to 23% in 2018, the country must now not rest on its oars, because the World Malaria Myth 2020 estimated that Nigeria on my own accounts for 27% (61million circumstances) of malaria circumstances, and ranks very most sensible in the list of contributors to the worldwide burden of disease.
“As a strategic partner of the FMOH and one among The Global Fund’s collaborative global partners, in accordance with complementary capabilities, mandates and resources to augment countries stay AIDS, stay TB and rating rid of malaria while strengthening country successfully being techniques resilience, WHO would defend to assist the Govt of Nigeria to be sure that that activities below this grant are implemented within deliberate intervals and with finest attention to quality of care”.
Diversified organizations represented at the open consist of the US President’s Malaria Initiative, DfID, RBM partnership, and the total GF grant implementing businesses.
To this level, the GFATM has invested bigger than US$2.6 billion in Nigeria. The investments enjoy helped expand successfully being products and services across the country, supporting bigger than 1.5 million other folks with lifesaving HIV treatment and treating 138,500 other folks with TB in 2020 on my own.
Between 2017 and 2020, the investments additionally contributed to the distribution of larger than 100 million mosquito nets to present protection to other folks from malaria, while constructing resilient and sustainable techniques for successfully being.
Dr Dr Jean Baptiste, Anne Eudes. Email: jeana [at] who.int; Tel: +234 813 173 6281
Dr Lynda Ozor; Email: ozorl [at] who.int; Tel: +234 803 402 0832