MERCY HEALTH: NIGERIA – PHASE ONE
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 Nigerian maternal mortality.
Malaria accounts for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% of hospitalizations among children under five years of age in Nigeria.
MERCYWORLDWIDE has responded to this dire situation by partnering with Vestergaard, a global public health company based in Switzerland, in order to start an insecticide-treated mosquito nets pilot program in Nigeria in April 2016.
PermaNet will be given to each participating Nigerian households of the pilot program. PermaNet® prevents vector-borne disease such as malaria. To date, more than one billion people have benefited from Vestergaard’s best-selling PermaNet® bed nets.
PermaNet® bed nets employ a superior technology which enables the slow release of the insecticide deltamethrin, and require no re-treatment or dipping. Both PermaNet® 2.0 and PermaNet® 3.0 are the most tested long-lasting insecticidal nets on the market.
WITH YOUR HELP
Your gift to MERCYWORLDWIDE will help provide Nigerian households with the much needed insecticide-treated mosquito nets.