Borno State in north-east Nigeria, is home to one of the world’s most long-running humanitarian crisis. Over the last decade, conflict caused by the militia group Boko Haram has displaced over two million people and some seven million people across this vast and remote region are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
Makeshift accommodation, overcrowded, unsanitary living conditions and malnutrition have led to a surge of infectious diseases. But by far the deadliest threat is malaria. 23 percent of all malaria cases worldwide occur in Nigeria and over one third of all deaths in Borno are due to the disease, more than any other cause.
With health infrastructure scarce – 41 percent of Borno health facilities are no longer running - prevention of diseases such as malaria are vital. Bayer has therefore teamed up with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets organization and the MENTOR Initiative, making an in-kind contribution of Indoor Residual Spray - Fludora® Fusion - to help protect close to 400,000 persons by reducing malaria transmission across three internally displaced peoples camps.
The indoor residual spraying campaign will take place in Borno State in April and May before the start of the rainy season which is when malaria transmission peaks. In the weeks and months to come we are looking forward to seeing positive results of this partnership which we hope will make a difference in fighting malaria on the frontlines in Nigeria.
Malaria is both a preventable and treatable disease and yet according to the last WHO World Malaria Report, there were an estimated 229 million cases in 2019. Still over 1,100 people die every day from the disease, the majority of whom are children under the age of five. With 94 percent of those occurring in Africa, it remains a disease which hinders economic development – particularly in poor rural communities across the continent.
On this World Malaria Day, Bayer is proud to work together with UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets in joining them and many others in raising our voice to this cause.