Leading cause of morbidity and mortality, with transmission throughout the entire country and the largest population at risk in Africa, accounting for as much as 30% of Africa’s entire malaria burden.
At the Government of Nigeria’s request, the Bank approved a US$180 million Malaria Control Booster Project in December 2006. The project is Africa’s single largest malaria control effort to date. The country’s revised Roll Back Malaria Plan forms the backbone of the Booster Project’s support. The Booster will contribute to national coverage of malaria control interventions by supporting scale up in 7 of the 36 states in Nigeria. The funding is complemented by support from partners such as DFID and the Global Fund.
The Nigeria Booster Program project seeks to ensure that the target population has access to and uses an integrated and well-defined set of proven malaria interventions by strengthening the capacity of the federal and state governments to deliver them. The project will support the procurement of more than 6 million LLINs (of which 1.8 million have already been procured), 6 million ACT treatments and support IRS where appropriate. While the funding support from the World Bank is significant, it only covers one-fifth of the states in Nigeria. Recent Global Fund and U.K. Department for International Development grants are covering additional states, but partners must work together to mobilize resources needed to bring this disease under control across the country.