Clinton Initiative will help improve malaria intervention campaign in Nigeria

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, a non-governmental organization working to strengthen capacity in providing long-term healthcare to people, is working to help reduce the burden of malaria in Nigeria.

The NGO is working in five states in Nigeria, including Kano, Lagos, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as Rivers and Akwa Ibom. The selected areas represent high-burden states with a quarter of the country's population, BusinessDay reports.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative will support quantification, procurement and training to enable rapid transition from quinine and artmether to artesunate for the treatment of severe Malaria, according to Chizoba Fashanu, a malaria analyst with the NGO, BusinessDay reports.

Fashanu said that the program is expected to last for two years and that that the project should help create a huge impact in healthcare delivery.

"Compared to quinine, artesunate requires fewer doses, reduces risk of convulsions and coma. We are working with the state government to strengthen the capacity of the health department and agencies to reduce the mortality relating to malaria; severe malaria and reducing the number of children who die every year from malaria," Fashanu said, BusinessDay reports.

Fashanu said the program would identify causes of missed opportunities to treat severe malaria and would address gaps and collect severe malaria consumption data in order to improve the state's system for monitoring drugs.