National Dialogue on Malaria in Nigeria

Svetlana KouzminaNews

GBCHealth’s Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) has been closely collaborating with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) in Nigeria for several years to guide and mobilize the private sector in support of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health’s Malaria Elimination Agenda 2020, and increase coordination to faster attainment of better health outcomes.

This year, CAMA is collaborating with the NMEP and the Ministry of Health to convene a high-level forum for a national dialogue on malaria. A steering committee, which also includes the Global Fund, USAID/PMI, WHO and others, is guiding the process.

The forum, tentatively scheduled for May 2019 in Abuja, will bring together public and private sector leaders including the Minister of Health, Commissioners of Health from 36 States, private sector, civil society, academia, professional bodies and researchers to re-appraise the malaria situation in Nigeria and chart the way forward, particularly in consideration of the worrisome trend reported by the 2018 World Malaria Report where Nigeria was shown to be the highest burden country; accounting for 25% of all malaria cases, and 19% of malaria deaths world wide.

The forum will serve as a platform to foster new ideas and home-grown solutions to the country’s most pressing malaria control challenges, leading to eventual elimination by 2030. Key objectives include:

  • Explore key drivers contributing to the stall in earlier progress on malaria control
  • Address gaps in knowledge and communication within and across sectors to meet elimination targets; Improve harmonization and coordination efforts between different levels of government, and between government and the private sector, to achieve tangible effects on malaria program in Nigeria
  • Improve domestic funding for malaria program through better engagement and resources mobilization from public and private sectors in Nigeria
  • Increase tangible political will, and evidence-based government ownership of malaria program, through coordinated effort of partners to achieve national targets in Nigeria
  • Foster strong partnership base and greater collaboration to enhance integration of plans and funds for malaria program in Nigeria
  • Highlight impactful programs and innovative products for malaria control and elimination; and develop actionable outcomes for each sector.

Ultimately, It will provide a key opportunity to map a pathway from commitment to action on malaria control and to build momentum among diverse stakeholders, including implementers, donors, policy-makers, civil society, technical experts, innovators, the private sector, thought leaders and scientists.

We hope that you will be able to join us. Contact Ochuko Keyamo for more information or to express your interest in attending the event.

Svetlana KouzminaNational Dialogue on Malaria in Nigeria