The commercial sector plays a major role in the distribution of antimalarials and the provision of nets. SuNMaP has been working to incorporate the private sector into its overall strategy to reduce malaria and seeks to support private vendors in their efforts to sell long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). This has been accomplished through cost-sharing schemes and awareness campaigns that have resulted in increased demand, distribution and sales.
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.