Nigeria: Our Impact

As Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is also encumbered by a proportionately large malaria problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 150 million cases of malaria occurred in Nigeria in 2006, most severely affecting young children and pregnant women. The Federal and State Ministries of Health are building malaria control capabilities in understaffed, poorly supplied facilities but still fall far short of meeting people’s needs.

MSH: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and how you decided to become a doctor. I went to school here in Nigeria, at the University of Jos. After the basic medical degree, I did a residency in the Faculty of Community Health. I worked briefly teaching medical students Dr. Zipporah Kpamorand then began development work with the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), starting with expanding access to reproductive health services in the north.

Guided by the motto “building the ship as we’re sailing it,” MSH is rapidly scaling up the availability of comprehensive HIV & AIDS services in Nigeria while strengthening the country’s health care system. Supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the AIDS Care and Treatment (ACT) Project is using a decentralized model to reach the country’s diverse and primarily rural population. ACT is combining intensive outreach with the building of sustainable structures and systems at the state and local levels.

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