Nigeria is a key country for achieving global malaria elimination goals. It is also the economic hub of the African continent, with a private sector that is increasingly investing and engaging in activities to improve the health of its workforce and the surrounding communities within which it operates.
While there has been a significant decline in malaria deaths globally over the past decade, a significant proportion of the remaining burden of malaria lies in Nigeria. Malaria accounts for 60 percent of out-patient visits to health facilities, 20 percent of childhood deaths and 25 percent of infant deaths in Nigeria. The disease is a major cause of school absenteeism and reduced workforce productivity.
The Nigerian government, through the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), has developed an ambitious agenda to move the country to a state of pre-elimination by 2020. In order for this goal to be realized, there needs to be an “all hands on deck” approach, with all sectors, including the private sector, coordinated in their response to malaria control. Recognizing the importance of Nigeria to both malaria goals and for the potential for great private sector impact, in 2015 CAMA formalized a dedicated Nigeria workstream to work with the NMEP to further engage the country’s private sector in malaria efforts.
As the whole world marches towards malaria elimination, we should not only pray, but commit resources and other efforts to ensure that we are not left behind…The contribution of the Private Sector is acknowledged and highly valued, but we need to be more coordinated and align with national priorities to fast track progress.Dr. Nnenna Ezeigwe, National Coordinator, NMEP
Government: CAMA’s work in Nigeria is done in close collaboration to the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP). With the NMEP’s guidance, CAMA works to further engage the country’s private sector in malaria efforts that are complimentary to the National Malaria Strategic Plan.
Private Sector: CAMA’s private sector partners in Nigeria include the following companies: Access Bank Plc, Bayer, Chevron, Dangote Foundation, Etisalat Nigeria, ExxonMobil, Heineken, Lafarge, Nigerian Breweries, Shell, Sumitomo Chemical, Syngenta, and Wapic Insurance Plc.
Development Partners & Technical Advisors: CAMA receives technical advice from FHI360 and Malaria Consortium in Nigeria.
- Raising Malaria Awareness: A Partnership with Etisalat: CAMA and Etisalat’s 2016 World Mosquito Day campaign spanned social media, print media and radio/TV slots with messages on the impact that the mosquito and malaria have on Nigeria. The campaign’s tag, #MosquitoFreeNigeria, was trending on Twitter Nigeria during the day, with over 1 million people reached and 5 million impressions. Read more here.
- Thought Leadership: CAMA’s Nigeria Country Manager sits on three of the NMEP’s partner working groups (Advocacy, Vector Management and Investment) to ensure the private sector is represented in these venues. Additionally, CAMA continues to feed into stakeholder consultations with the private sector on the NMEP’s IRS Strategy and Resistance Management Plan.
- Private Sector Advocacy: CAMA representatives are available for speaking engagements within companies to advocate for focus on malaria in corporate CSR, and before NGO/implementing partners to speak on the role of the private sector and how to further engage with business.
- Convenings: CAMA’s workshops bring the private sector together with key civil society and government organizations in Nigeria to share challenges and offer opportunities to explore future collaborations.
- The Road to 2020 – Mobilizing the Private Sector in Nigeria’s Fight Against Malaria (2015). The 2015 CAMA Annual Technical Forum took place in Lagos, Nigeria on July 23-24. The event, entitled The Road to 2020: Mobilizing the Private Sector in Nigeria’s Fight Against Malaria, brought together 200 private sector companies, the government and development organizations. It served as a platform for public-private discussions on Nigeria’s malaria policies and activities, with the goal of maximizing the impact of private sector contributions to malaria control and supporting the National Malaria Elimination Program in successfully moving Nigeria to a state of pre-elimination.
- Capitalizing on Competencies: Partnering to Eliminate Malaria and Accelerate Progress on Maternal and Child Health (2014). On July 2, 2014, CAMA, in partnership with Access Bank, Friends of the Global Fund Africa, GBCHealth and the Nigerian Ministry of Health, convened a private sector-targeted workshop to explore the integration of malaria and maternal and child health (MCH) programs to provide a coordinated push to drive impact and achieve the MDGs. The workshop also looked at the improvement of vector control measures.
Find Nigeria-specific information on our Resources page here, including the National Malaria Strategic Plan for 2014-2020.