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Tony Blair Visits Pioneering Interfaith Malaria Initiative in Nigeria
Date:2/20/2010

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and co-Chair, NIFAA.

Through NIFAA, the interfaith community is working closely with Nigeria’s National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) to ensure the full mobilization of the faith sector in support of Nigeria’s national malaria campaign in accordance the Millennium Development Goals. Nigeria accounts for 25 percent of the malaria burden in sub-Saharan Africa. The NIFAA model will soon be replicated in other developing countries such as Liberia and will grow to address other health concerns.

The NMCP aims to reduce malaria-related morbidity 50 percent by 2010 and minimize the socio-economic impact of the disease through a package of interventions for malaria treatment and prevention. These include a massive state- by- state roll-out of insecticide-treated bednets — over 60 million nets distributed to 30 million households by the end of 2010.

“We are now faced with an extraordinary opportunity to turn the world’s positive attention to this major health intervention that our hundreds of thousands of faith leaders are carrying out alongside the national government.” Statement of Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John On
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SOURCE The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty
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