Despite significant investments in malaria interventions over the last decade, Nigerians have not experienced commensurate results in terms of malaria outcomes. At the current slow but incremental trajectory, Nigeria will be unable to meet its malaria pre-elimination targets by 2020. The transition from malaria control to elimination provides a compelling opportunity for Nigeria to reflect on its aspirations, take stock on progress and inspire bold, innovative approaches and complementary non-traditional public-private partnerships to disrupt poor malaria outcomes and catalyze a path towards achieving Nigeria’s pre-elimination targets by 2020.
Consequently, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and Access Bank, under the leadership of the CEO of Access Bank - Dr. Herbert Wigwe, launched The Malaria-to-Zero Initiative as an innovative financing platform to galvanize private sector resources and capabilities for sustained support towards averting at least 1 million malaria cases and deaths by 2020. This is a first step towards complementing government’s effort in achieving its malaria pre-elimination goals by 2020.
This aim shall be achieved by organizing and tactfully leveraging on the resources, capabilities and the proven expertise of private sector organizations in our growing network, to address market failures impeding the malaria elimination program in Nigeria. This initiative was launched on April 25, 2016 (World Malaria Day) at a CEO Roundtable led by Access Bank CEO, Herbert Wigwe, with support from the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) and HACEY Health Initiative (HACEY). More information on this initiative could be viewed on the website – www.malariatozero.org.