Second National Summit on Malaria by Nigerian NGOs

14 Mar 2007
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The Second National Summit on Malaria by Nigerian NGOs will take place on March 14, 2007 at the Ikeja Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Lagos, Nigeria. The theme is: "Scaling up Malaria Control activities: Imperatives for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria".

Malaria continues to be a huge public health problem in Nigeria. The groups most at risk include children, pregnant women and the aged. Over 50% of Nigeria's 140 million population experience at least one bout of malaria attack annually. Associated with these facts are disruptions in production, absenteeism from school and work, economic waste and loss of human lives. Treatment and control of malaria is increasingly becoming problematic as vectors acquire resistance to insecticides, while cases of drug resistance by parasites abound. New lines of medication are poorly applied with obvious danger of loss of efficacy.

The first National Summit on Malaria in Nigeria was organized on November 30, 2004 at the Ikeja Sheraton Hotel & Towers by four Nigerian indigenous NGOs. It marked a watershed in the visible
involvement of CSOs in the RBM Initiative in Nigeria. The formation of a national network of CSOs engaged in RBM activities, and the launching of the body by the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo is one of the important outcomes of the first Summit. The National Civil Societies on Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (NACOMIN) is poised to drive the malarial control agenda effectively through grassroots mobilization by member organizations. The Summit is a
collaborative effort by key stakeholders.

Date: March 14, 2007
Venue: Ikeja Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Lagos
Time: 10.00 am prompt

Objectives:
1. Review the Roll Back Malaria interventions since the 1st
National Summit on Malaria.

2. Discuss new trends in the total RBM country situation (ACTs,
ITNs, IVM and integration with child and maternal survival
strategies).

3. Advocate for the establishment of a Malaria Control Agency in
Nigeria.

4. Advocate for increased government and private sector funding
for civil society organizations' RBM and other child survival
activities.

5. Advocate for improved transparency and accountability in
resource allocation, management and social audit.

6. Build capacity of CSO on advocacy, resource mobilization, RBM
project development and management.

7. Provide networking platform for CSOs-private-public
partnerships.

Participation is free, but prospective attendees are advised to
send e-mail to: mailto:malariasumitgrp@yahoo.com