Malaria in Nigeria
Malaria is a major public health problem in Nigeria where it accounts for more cases and deaths than any other country in the world.
Malaria is a risk for 97% of Nigeria’s population.
The remaining 3% of the population live in the malaria free highlands.
There are an estimated 100 million malaria cases with over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria. This compares with 215,000 deaths per year in Nigeria from HIV/AIDS.
Malaria contributes to an estimated 11% of maternal mortality.
Malaria accounts for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% of hospitalizations among children under five years of age in Nigeria.
Malaria has the greatest prevalence, close to 50%, in children age 6-59 months in the South West, North Central, and North West regions. Malaria has the least prevalence, 27.6 percent, in children age 6 to 59 months in the South East region.
Hence the arrival of Prince Hon. Ned Nwoko who decided to help eradicate malaria in Nigeria. He set up the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation with the sole aim of dealing with the malaria challenge. To push the agenda and as the chairman, also now the first Nigerian to, went onto the Antarctica to expose malaria.
Malaria in Africa
Thirty countries in Sub-Saharan Africa account for 90% of global malaria deaths.
Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, and Uganda account for nearly 50% of the global malaria deaths.
Malaria is the 2nd leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/AIDS.
Almost 1 out of 5 deaths of children under 5 in Africa is due to malaria
Antarctica, is the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass.
Hon. Ned Nwoko, is the founder and president of Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation (PNNF), a humanitarian group, to create more awareness for ‘Malaria Eradication In Africa Project’. He has committed more than half a million dollars to start the project and initiative on research, eradication policies and national awareness