Malaria Matters


If you follow this blog, you should also follow …. this most important blog “Malaria Matters“. It is maintained by Bill Brieger, a Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University…and a long term friend of Nigeria. From 1976 to 2002 he was Professor in Health Education at the African Regional Health Education Centre, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Many of his posts relate directly to Nigeria.

If you are interested in health in Nigeria….follow this blog!

I wished we could give you the stats….but you probably do not need them.

Malaria matters! It matters to Nigeria!

For many years….we have accepted malaria as an inevitable part of our reality in Nigeria. Little progress was made in scaling up any of the available public health interventions to have an impact on the populations level….

April 2009 – The World Bank is “investing” US$300 million in International Development Association (IDA) funding to expand Nigeria’s efforts to control malaria. Combined with Nigeria’s initial ‘Malaria Plus’ package of US$180 million (approved in 2006), the bank’s support to Nigeria is expected to approach US$500 million, which would make it the largest single-country malaria control investment in the bank’s history.

May 2009 – Nigeria’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the Kano State Government launches the first wave of a national bed net distribution campaign designed to reduce by half the number of malaria deaths in the country over the next few years. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Babatunde Osotimehin, tells a recent malaria summit in Washington, DC. “By the end of 2010, over 60 million treated bed nets will blanket the country,”.

Together with Malaria Matters, we will keep you informed as mush as possible on progress. But for now…we invite you to read these posts all related to Malaria in Nigeria.

Universal Coverage of LLINs Kicks off in Kano

Malaria Training Trounced by Transfers

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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