Event Takeaways | World Malaria Day 2017 Stakeholders Meeting

Ian MatthewsNews

Friday, 28 April 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM WAT

On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2017, the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) convened more than 60 business executives and corporate health managers, along with technical experts, government officials and program implementers, for a stakeholders meeting hosted by ExxonMobil in Lagos, Nigeria.

The meeting offered participants a forum to:

  • Mobilize collective action initiatives by business leaders to reduce malaria prevalence in Nigeria; and
  • Discuss malaria control best practices, new initiatives and opportunities for malaria intervention scale-up.

Agenda speakers included:

  • Commissioner for Health (Ogun State) Dr. Babtunde Ipaye
  • Eniola Erinosho, Lagos State Ministry of Health
  • Aliyu Mohammad Bello, ExxonMobil Nigeria
  • Esimaje Brikinn, Chevron Nigeria
  • Orode Doherty, Africare Nigeria
  • Tolu Arowolo, World Health Organization
  • Timothy Obot, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP)
  • Samuel Awolola, Nigeria Medical Research Institute
  • Omobolanle Victor Olaniyan, Access Bank
  • Tayo Adewoyin, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN)
  • Charles Wigwe, Nigerian Breweries
  • Musa Bala, Dangote Foundation
  • Ochuko Keyamo-Onyige, GBCHealth

Key Takeaways:

Panelist (left to right): Dr. Tolu Arowolo, WHO; Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Bello, ExxonMobil; Dr. Samson Awolola, NIMR; Mr. Tim Obot, NMEP; Dr. Orode Doherty, Africare

According to the WHO, Nigeria is currently in the control stage in its fight against malaria. At the event, the speakers emphasized that many challenges remain to eliminating malaria in Nigeria. Most urgent concern was related to the withdrawal of Global Fund support to Lagos and the resulting uncertainty over the country’s ability to reach its elimination goals. Speakers and participants also zeroed in on these additional challenges:

  • Lack of funds for research and program implementation
  • Poor health seeking behavior of population
  • Poor data quality and late reporting
  • Lack of adherence to drug treatment which increases resistance
  • Changing transmission patterns due to urbanization and climate change
  • Lack of trust between the public and private health sectors

From these challenges, government and multilateral representatives highlighted a number of opportunities for the private sector to support the malaria elimination agenda. These opportunities included:

  • Manufacturing of malaria products
  • Research
  • Capacity building and training
  • Production of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to promote behavior change
  • Drug distribution
  • Establishment of labs for diagnosis and quality control of products
  • Construction of warehouses to promote better storage of products in supply chain
  • Financing of joint malaria programs in support of NMEP

Private sector participants had the opportunity throughout the event to share their thoughts, as well as provide information about their current support for malaria programs. Information about these programs is provided in the next section.

Ochuko Keyamo-Onyige of GBCHealth leads the business call to action

The overwhelming sentiment of all the attendees was that better coordination of stakeholders’ efforts was needed if Nigeria was to reach its elimination goals. The private sector, therefore, has an important role to play in working together with the public sector and civil society, to fill gaps in financing, service delivery, manufacturing, education and training, and research among other areas. The WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria and Nigeria’s National Malaria Strategic Plan 2014-2020 provide the framework for this work, now what is need – the participants agreed – was action.

Reference Materials

GBCHealth Malaria Report

Access Bank-led Malaria to Zero Campaign

Africare-Fio Malaria Partnership supported by ExxonMobil

Chevron, NNPC Malaria in Pregnancy Programme

Interswitch Mobile Malaria Detection Programme







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