Dangote Sugar Refinery Launches Pilot Malaria Program in NE Nigeria

Ian MatthewsNews

Malaria remains a leading cause of ill health in Africa and Nigeria. It’s also the number one cause of absenteeism in the workplace, and results in a loss of up to one percent of Nigeria’s GDP.

Malaria is highly endemic in the north-east of Nigeria, increasing the burden on health resources and elevating the risk of morbidity and mortality among the affected population, particularly among the most vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children under five.

Aliko Dangote Foundation and CAMA are working together with Dangote Sugar Refinery, the State Ministry of Health, the State Ministry of Environment and Roll Back Malaria representatives to deliver a malaria intervention in communities around the Dangote Sugar Refinery in Adamawa State (located in north-east Nigeria).

The goal is to reduce the incidence of malaria cases among pregnant women and children under 5 in target communities. The pilot program aims to reach more than 4,000 pregnant women and children under five.

Programmatic activities will include:

  • Dissemination of information, education and communication materials (IEC) to community residents to raise their awareness and understanding on how to prevent and control malaria, and to generate demand and appropriate use of malaria prevention tools, such as nets
  • Distribution of long lasting insecticidal treated nets (LLIN) to members of the community

As the UN Malaria Ambassador for Nigeria, Aliko Dangote GCON1, is committed to the malaria elimination agenda. As an organization, malaria remains a core focus for the Dangote Group, from the workplace to communities and beyond.

 1 Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON)

Ian MatthewsDangote Sugar Refinery Launches Pilot Malaria Program in NE Nigeria