CHILD MORTALITY DECREASES BY 16% IN NIGERIA
Child death rate has decreased in Nigeria by sixteen percent.
This is indicated by the fourteenth Annual Report of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which began providing malaria control support to Nigeria since 2010.
Nigeria’s most recent National Demographic and Health Survey showed that during the same period, malaria prevalence decreased by almost half – from 42 percent in 2010 to 23 percent.
PMI, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, and implemented alongside the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, works with partner countries to benefit more than four million people across sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Southeast Asia.
Since 2010, PMI had supported Nigeria in the distribution of more than one hundred million long lasting insecticide treated mosquito bed nets, which remains one of the most effective measures to preventing malaria and are now in use in 43percent of Nigerian households, up from just 23percent at the start of the initiative.
According to USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin, who oversees PMI activities in collaboration with CDC leadership, malaria is one of the leading causes of death among children in Nigeria.
He expressed joy at seeing that the partnership with Nigeria has had clear success, and pledged to continue the support with proven methods of prevention and treatment against malaria.
The Mission Director lamented that malaria remains an onerous burden among the poorest and the most vulnerable echelons of Nigerian society and can pose a life-threatening risk to both mother and baby during pregnancy adding that it can also cause adults and children to miss work and school, thereby contributing to economic hardship.
PMI works with Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Program to scale-up proven, cost-effective, and life-saving malaria control interventions centered on LLIN distribution, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, diagnostic testing, and treatment.
In 2019, PMI invested 70 million Dollars to assist Nigeria fight malaria, distributed more than 6.9million insecticide-treated mosquito nets, distributed 8.6million doses of prophylaxis to pregnant women, 1.6million doses to children during the rainy season, and 24million doses of treatment at the facility and community levels.
Additionally, 15.3million rapid malaria tests were provided to help health workers properly diagnose and treat patient