The Executive Director, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, Anu Ishola, has said that youth -friendly programmes could help reduce the malaria burden in Nigeria.
She said that it could also be used to instil behavioural change in sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and adolescent health.
Ishola said this at a briefing to announce a football tournament to commemorate the 2017 World Malaria Day in Lagos.
According to her, the tournament which will take place at the Mushin Youth Centre, Lagos, on Saturday, will feature other activities including free medical check-up, malaria testing and treatment, distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated nets and health talk, among other programmes.
She said, “Malaria’s mortality rate in the World Health Organisation African region has fallen by 54 per cent and by 47 per cent globally since 2000 with the intervention of the private sector, especially ExxonMobil, who has supported this cause with an investment of over $140m.
“This also includes the distribution of millions of bed nets, doses of anti-malarial drugs and rapid diagnostic kits.”
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