In commemoration of the World Malaria Day on 25th April, 2016, health stakeholders and officials in Kebbi State, Nigeria, engaged in a media campaign to create awareness of Malaria.
The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) as a Sub-Recipient to the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) on the Global Fund New Funding Model (NFM) Malaria Grant, participated in the awareness campaign activities.
The Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Health (SMoH), Mohammed Atiku Kende, at a press conference in his office, stated that the state has created an enabling working environment for the various stakeholders in health and supported with state staff to ensure malaria elimination objectives are met. He also stated that Kebbi State has created a budget line in the 2016 budget for malaria activities, and once the budget is passed and signed into law, the SMoH through the State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) can fulfil its activities as outlined in the 2016 Annual Operational Plan for Malaria Elimination in the state.
The State Programmes Officer of ARFH in Kebbi, Victor Onah, was also featured on the Kebbi State Television (KBTV) 7pm news to enlighten the public on malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Similar activities took place across the other states (Niger, Osun and Oyo) which ARFH supports.
World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the World Health Assembly to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and spread information on year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.