Oral Presentation First Malaria World Congress 2018

Treating malaria through health technology to 'cut-out' rural communities in Nigeria (#165)

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

The right to health-care is a fundamental right of all humans. According to the latest World Malaria Report, released in November 2017, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 445 000 in 2016. Nigeria has an estimated population of 178 million and reporting more deaths due to malaria accounting for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% of hospitalizations among children under-five with the huge burden in rural 'cut-out' rural communities. There is a huge gap in the implementation of medical breakthroughs due primarily to distance apart and rugged geography terrain to access quality healthcare services. The main goal of this presentation takes a critical look at how to treat Malaria through Health Technology to 'cut-out' rural communities in Nigeria.

 The goal of primary health care (PHC) i.e. the Primary Health Care Systems Development (PHCSD) Department of the Ministry of Health have responsibilities of making basic health services available and accessible to ALL Nigerians, ensuring that the health facilities and services are within reach, providing essential logistics support for the implementation of primary health care at the Ward level. Unfortunately, this is yet to be achieved where about two-thirds of Nigerians reside in rural according to the World Bank data, 2011, which accommodate 49.7 percent of the nation’s population, and an estimated 85% of the extremely poor in Nigeria currently live in rural areas.

According to Nigeria Communications Commission, there are over 152 Million active phone lines a tool for improving health systems, build human capacity, providee health and wellness tips to the people, disseminate disaster preparedness and information on medical emergencies, provide information on availability of medical supplies and professional services at the various locations to eradicate malaria in Nigeria.