SuNMap has six key focus areas, one of which is to improve the capacity of health systems at a national and local level. Activities include training in the administration of artemisinin-based combination therapies and the use of rapid diagnostic tests, as well as other innovative methods of recognising and diagnosing malaria. This training provides transferrable skills that not only bolster Nigeria’s National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) but also the health system in general. Through a number of projects in the country, Health Partners International is helping to reinforce national and local capacity to tackle malaria.
SuNMap (Support to National Malaria Programme) was set up to support the Nigerian government tackle the burden of malaria, a disease that costs the country at least $1bn a year and causes thousands of deaths annually. Whilst malaria is both preventable and treatable, the public health system in Nigeria is overstretched. Health Partners International is a partner in the consortium managing SuNMaP, which is led by Malaria Consortium. The programme is funded by UK aid from the UK Government, and aims to provide much-needed support in efforts to reduce the burden of malaria in Nigeria.