As the global community reaffirms its commitment to the achievement of a malaria free world with the celebration of the World Malaria Day, Standard Chartered Bank has reaffirmed its partnership with NetsforLife and some other organizations towards ensuring that the cases and effect of malaria is maximally put under control in Nigeria and other sub-saharan African states.
A corporate sponsor of NetsforLife, an NGO which aims at the distributing one million Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) to most vulnerable African countries, Standard Chartered Bank, working closely with Exxon Mobil, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, local governments and the National Malaria Control Centre, has joined forces towards adopting sustain-able to combating malaria.
Speaking on the achieve-ment so far made from the partnership, the MD/CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria, Mr. Christopher Knight, stated that, â€œMalaria continues to be a significant health risk in many of our markets in Africa.
On World Malaria Day, I am delighted to announce that NetsforLifeÂ® in Nigeria has so far funded the delivery of 87,200Â LLIN and have over 300 trained agents who have utilized their excellent networks and good knowledge of their commu-nities to facilitate direct communication of malaria education messages.
â€œThis initiative in Nigeria is contributing significantly to the overall health of the people in our local communities.
â€œOur monitoring and evaluation clearly show that incidents of malaria are being greatly reduced not only because of the provision of LLITN, but because of the education and infrastructure we are putting in place.â€
NetsforLifeÂ® is another example of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeriaâ€™s commitment to building a sustainable business and further strengthens our Brand promise as being Here for goodâ€, he concluded.
NetsforLifeÂ® Nigerian partners have provided a total of 235,246 people in Anambra, Benue, Edo, Plateau and FCT with malaria education.
The project has also distributed 87,200 LLINs since inception. Also, collaborative dialogue with Roll Back Malaria partner in Nigeria culminated in the participation of NetsforLifeÂ® in Anambra State wide nets distribution campaign.
This enabled additional NetsforLifeÂ® communities in Anambra state to access 24,282 LLINs (these LLINs are not included in the total above).
The outlets of malaria education have been enhanced with the training and enlistment of 178 faith leaders and 23 central diocesan staffs as volunteer malaria agents.â€