Nigeria to receive 30 million courses of antimalarial medication

Public health officials in Nigeria recently said that 30 million courses of affordable malaria treatment drugs are expected to be sent to the country before the end of the year.

Dr. Omede Ogu, a program officer for the Nigerian Health Ministry's National Malaria Control Program, said that the consignment will be supported through the Global Fund's Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria, a financing mechanism to help provide inexpensive artemisinin-based combination therapies to malaria-endemic countries, according to

Ogu said the shipment would help control and prevention efforts, ensure sustainability and make treatment available to more Nigerians.

"The country is currently looking at a way where the National Program will collaborate with other states that have benefited so far under the AMFM to work with their government, provide money under their regular annual budget that could contribute for the procurement of these drugs and distribute to beneficiaries at point of service for use," Ogu said, reports.

Ogu defended the AMFM strategy and said the pilot program, which he called "a child of circumstance," had already achieved results in Nigeria.

"Right from the implementation stage, they have been confronted with persistent intervention challenges that the facility came about to address in order to bring about smooth running of the malaria control activities," Ogu said, according to