Malaria continues to be a significant public health threat in Nigeria, impacting millions of lives and hindering socio-economic progress. Despite ongoing efforts, the burden of malaria remains high, necessitating a reevaluation of current strategies.

On May 3rd, 2024, a high-level roundtable, “Rethinking Malaria Elimination in Nigeria,” was held at the Abuja Continental Hotel. This event, co-organized by the National Malaria Elimination Program, World Health Organization, Gates Foundation, SCIDaR and other key partners, brought together over 400 stakeholders. Government officials, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector joined forces to accelerate malaria elimination efforts.

Prominent figures like Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, stressed the importance of data-driven resource allocation and strong partnerships to maximize impact. Similarly, Dr. Muhammad Pate, Nigeria’s Health Minister, advocated for proactive control measures, stakeholder collaboration, and data-driven decision-making. Dr. Tunji Alausa, Minister of State for Health, emphasized renewed commitment, innovative strategies, and collaboration with high-burden countries to share best practices.

Panel discussions underscored the need for renewed focus, strategic adaptation, and increased investment. Renowned organizations like the Aliko Dangote Foundation, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and Clinton Health Access Initiative pledged their support. Discussions centered on data-driven decision-making, improved healthcare delivery, community engagement, tackling drug resistance challenges, and optimizing resource usage.

The “Rethinking Malaria Elimination in Nigeria” roundtable served as a crucial platform for collective action. By uniting stakeholders and fostering innovation, Nigeria advances towards a future free from malaria for all its citizens.


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