NMCP Press Release

World Malaria Day

2015 Theme

Many Voices , a single Theme

The World Malaria Day theme provides a common platform for countries to showcase their successes in malaria control and unify diverse initiatives in the changing global context. Malaria-endemic countries have made incredible gains in malaria in the last decade, but sustaining them will take extra efforts until the job is finished and malaria is eliminated worldwide.  While efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria have gained important momentum over the past years, an annual shortage of US$ 3.6 billion threatens to slow down progress, particularly across Africa where high-burden countries are facing critical funding gaps.  Unless the world can find a way to bridge the funding gaps and endemic countries have the resources and technical support they need to implement sound malaria control plans, malaria resurgence will likely take many more lives.

The theme from 2013 to 2015 is Invest in the future, Defeat malaria to call attention to efforts to finish the job 2015. Use RBM’s messaging to support your advocacy this year, adding your own specific messages that reflect your particular area of focus.  To boost action towards the 2015 malaria targets, an ongoing RBM campaign provides a window on political commitment, new investments and action taken to overcome challenges in endemic countries.

Help spread the word, don’t just watch:  

Tweet:  “Africa fights #malaria – http://defeatmalaria.org/

Act:   http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/worldmalariaday/act.html


Malaria is highly endemic in Nigeria and it remains one of the leading causes of childhood and maternal morbidity and mortality in the country. The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) is responsible for ensuring a coordinated response to malaria elimination efforts in the country with the strategic vision of being “Malaria Free Nigeria”.


Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) has embarked on its first wave

of replacement campaigns following the successful distribution of over 59 million LLINs

in all 36 States of the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, between 2009

and 2013. The current replacement campaigns aim to ensure that one LLIN is made

available for every two persons in a household as outlined in the 2014 LLIN campaign

implementation guidelines. The LLINs for distribution are made available through

resources from the Federal/States Government and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners

(particularly The Global Fund, DfID, the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the



Nigeria has adopted the use of LLINs as an intervention for malaria vector control in the country as part of the Integrated Vector Management Strategy. So far over 60 million LLINs have been distributed in country through mass campaigns between 2009 and 2014. Abia, Kaduna, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, and Plateau States are some of the beneficiaries of the ongoing replacement campaign in the country which started in the last quarter of 2014.




In order to further strengthen the Programme Management Unit (Global Fund) and re-position

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