Poster Presentation First Malaria World Congress 2018

Infectious cycle knowledge, key to prevention and treatment of malaria in rural communities in Nigeria (#278)

John Ede 1
  1. Ohaha Family Foundation, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Quality health is a fundamental right of all Nigerian citizens. While primary health care (PHC) centers are relatively uniformly distributed throughout local government areas (LGAs) in Nigeria, the rural people tend to underuse the basic health services. Unfortunately, there is a huge gap in the implementation of medical breakthroughs due primarily to distance apart and rugged terrain of access to quality healthcare centers. The main goal of this article take a careful look on how to Build Local/ Community-Based capacities to reach the ‘cut-out’ communities and “marginalized” population, providing quality healthcare services by members of communities, peer and youth groups; the reason for the population mix is to ensure step down training is carried out and overcome distance and language barriers using the readily available resources to ensure that quality healthcare breakthroughs are accessible to all.

With a population of about 178 million and reporting more deaths due to malaria than any country in the world, Nigeria became the seventeenth PMI country in 2010. Malaria accounts for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% of hospitalizations among children under-five in Nigeria. The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2013 reported an infant mortality of 69 per 1,000 live births and an under-five mortality of 128 per 1,000 live births in the preceding five-year period. Impressive progress has been made in malaria control efforts in recent years.

The goal of primary health care (PHC) was to provide accessible health for all by the year 2000 and beyond. According to Nigeria Communications Commission, there are over 152 Million active phone lines and this tool can be used to disseminate text messages providing health and wellness tips & guides, provide information on the availability of medical supplies and professional services at the various locations in order to ensure full implementation and use of medical services.

  1. John Ede1, Presidents Malaria Initiative2, The Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2013 report3, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN Nigeria profile4, Nigeria Communications Commission November 20155, The Leadership Newspaper6 1Ohaha Family Foundation 2, 3,4http.// index.asp, 5, 6