FG Launches SuNMAP2 To Reduce Malaria Burden
The Federal Government has launched the Support to National Malaria Programme – Phase II (SuNMaP2) to reduce malaria burden in the country.
At the start up meeting of the programme in Abuja ,the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said despite government and development partners effort to combat the scourge, malaria burden was still high in Nigeria.
The Start-up Meeting of the Support to National Malaria Programme – Phase II (SuNMaP 2) a Department for international development, DFID funded bilateral programme with the overall goal of supporting government’s efforts at reducing Nigeria’s malaria burden.
The programme ) will be implemented in six states which are Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos , Yobe and the federal capital territory with the implementation period, post implementation studies and evaluation plan to take place in September 2024.
The minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole who was represented by the Director, Food and Drug Services in the ministry, Mrs Modupe Chukwumah said SUNMAP 2, aimed to achieve reduction of Nigeria’s malaria burden through efficient and effective use of available resources.
The programme will to integrate malaria prevention, treatment and other interventions and foster public and private sector partnership, it aims to improve the planning, financing and delivery of malaria programmes ,across 165 local government areas in 6 states in Nigeria help to
The Chairman, National Advocates for Health, Prof. Oladapo Ladipo, said there was the need to improve health literacy for malaria in the country.
“It’s not every thick and thin fever that is malaria ,therefore we must encourage people to go for testing , we must also encourage people to have a clean environment and eliminate any pools of water,especially when they develop resistance to drugs.”
The Chief Executive. Malaria Consortium , Dr Charles Nelson explained that the SUNMAP 2 would be effective when integrated into primary healthcare.
“Is to integrate malaria programme with everything that goes on into healthcare,because it is one of the healthcare issues,it is most significant, we can reduce burden the burden of malaria significantly in the state,we see huge reduction in child mortality.”
The Team Leader, SuNMAP 2, Doctor. Nihinlola Mabogunje called for Improved accountability and alignment of requests for government funding for malaria control
In a presentation on the SuNMAY2 MEAL framework, she said overarching MEAL strategies include”Strengthen and expand national surveillance sites to play a better integrated role in the information value chain and feedback”
Develop a data-informed decision-making framework to strengthen deployment of malaria interventions
Create a ‘Malaria Knowledge Hub’ linked to NMEP’s website to promote use among decision-makers
“Work with government leadership at all levels to appreciate and fund activities leading to elimination of malaria in both public and private sectors, as part of the government’s overall poverty alleviation and economic development/UHC agenda”
“Build capacity of NMEP and SMEPs to lead and implement high quality malaria activities for all Nigerians including ability to innovate and respond to emerging health system issues.”
Dr Mabogunje therefore said there was the need to put in place disease Surveillance for effectiveness and efficiency of the malaria elimination programme.