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FG PLEDGE TO FUND GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, MALARIA WITH OVER N4BILLION

The Federal government has pledged N4. 3 billion ($12 million) in replenishment to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, is the largest donor amongst Africa countries.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunisation, and Nutrition (ACOMIN) have said that in spite of the massive financial, material and human resource outlays, the fight against malaria and the challenges the disease poses, is yet to be won.
  1. Speaking at its advocacy meeting in Abuja, ACOMIN National Coordinator, Ayo Ipiyome, said there is a crucial need for enhanced accountability given the volume and breadth of investments by government, partners and stakeholders in malaria services and the need for evaluating the efficiency, effectiveness, and relevance of different malaria interventions including service uptake and delivery.
He noted that from the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Nigeria has the highest rate of malaria cases in the world, adding that the World Malaria Report 2019 showed that Nigeria accounts for 25 percent of global malaria cases and 24 percent of all its deaths globally.
He observed that considering malaria as a public health challenge, the federal governments and global partners have made significant efforts to eliminate malaria, stressing that as a result of the efforts, the incidence of the ailment had reduced globally between 2010 and 2018, while in Nigeria, there remains a significant amount of work to be done.

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