A premier non governmental organisation(NGO) committed to helping African people build a sustainable, healthy and productive communities, Africare, has recorded high improvements in the results of a six-year malaria prevention programme (MAP) in Nigeria that was implemented with the support of ExxonMobil.
Among the top-line results of the evaluation of the project, it was found that the percentage of under-five children who received malaria treatment of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) increased from 21 per cent at the start of the project in 2011 to 74 per cent in 2016.
The percentage of persons with suspected malaria that were tested increased from less than 30 per cent at the start of the project, to more than 90 per cent in 2016.
Also, the percentage of pregnant women who received two of the four World Health Organisation (WHO) required malaria preventive treatment doses with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) increased from 29 per cent in 2013 to 52 per cent in 2016.
Meanwhile, the Malaria Prevention in Mobil Producing Nigeria Supplier Communities (MAPS-C) project ran from 2011 through 2017 and was focused on four local government areas in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States (Eket, Ibeno, Bonny and Ogu/Bolo) reaching over 90,000 people.
Beneficiaries included children under five and pregnant women in households within these communities.
In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP Friday, Africare’s president, Robert Mallet, while extending gratitude to ExxonMobil for supporting the project, said, “We are encouraged by the results of our multi-pronged approach and the support of our partners on the ground. We feel confident that our work to increase community knowledge, improve practices of health care workers, and improve malaria treatment and care, will have a lasting impact on the goal to eliminate malaria.”
He said Africare’s multi-pronged approach comprised four elements amongst which are, assess and build upon existing interventions to determine the effectiveness of previous malaria control efforts against the current project,
And learn and share best practices
Also in his remarks, the president, ExxonMobil Foundation, Kevin Murphy stated,“The Africare MAPS-C project has helped advance our goals of working with partners to provide malaria prevention therapies to communities in Nigeria and helping to improve health infrastructure.
“We were proud to support Africare in training health workers in electronic data capture and timely sharing of health information.”
The final evaluation Report of the Malaria Prevention in MPN-Supplier Communities (MAPS-C) is available: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g9e5nmjwpjda11k/Final%20Evaluation%20Report%20MAPS-C%20Project-Final10Feb2017.doc?dl=0
Africare is the premier Africa-focused non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, and to be a leading voice addressing African development and policy issues.