This report summarises eight years of support to the National Malaria Programme in Nigeria (SuNMaP). The £89 million UK aid-funded programme worked with the government and people of Nigeria to strengthen the national effort to control and eliminate malaria.
SuNMaP provided technical assistance to the National and State Malaria Elimination Programmes (NMEP and SMEPs) and supported capacity development of local government areas in service delivery and health programme management. The programme provided antimalarial commodities to bridge commodity gaps and supported activities to increase demand for these commodities. It fostered harmonisation and coordination of malaria partners and supported initiatives aimed at growing the affordable antimalarial commodity market. SuNMaP also linked with local and international implementing partners to generate demand for anti-malarial commodities, as well as those that supported research or commercial sector programmes. To complement the supply of anti-malarial commodities, the programme trained over 23,000 healthcare workers on appropriate malaria prevention and treatment and reached an estimated 40 percent of the Nigerian population with demand creation activities through radio programmes, television advertisements, printed materials and branded buses.
These initiatives culminated in an estimated 48,000 lives of children under-five saved.
According to the Demographic Health Survey for 2013, between 2008 and 2013, key malaria indicators have improved:
- Households with least one LLIN increased from 8% to 50%;
- Children under five years sleeping under LLINs increased from 6% to 17%; and
- Children under five with fever treated with ACTs increased from 2.4 % to 5.9%.
- Altogether, under five mortality from all causes reduced from 157 to 128 per 1,000,.
The successes and learning from SuNMaP demonstrate that it is possible to use one disease control programme as an entry point to strengthen the health system without losing momentum towards achieving the direct objectives of that health programme.