August 2021

{PMI-S Nigeria project staff work to ensure data validation and triangulation for health facilities in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Photo credit: Kufre-Abasi C Ekanem/MSH}PMI-S Nigeria project staff work to ensure data validation and triangulation for health facilities in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Photo credit: Kufre-Abasi C Ekanem/MSH

This article was originally published by Daily Trust

by Dr. Abba Zakari Umar

Nigeria is home to the world’s largest malaria burden: 27 percent of all malaria cases happen here, according to the 2020 World Malaria Report, as do 23 percent of the global malaria deaths.

A lot of work is underway to get the mosquito-borne parasite under control. The United States President’s Malaria Initiative has invested some $635 million in Nigeria since 2011. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has also committed significant resources, and so have many others. The Federal Government of Nigeria is doing its part: in 2019 it invested $261,799,700 towards malaria elimination efforts. Despite all these, more still need to be done.