Standard Chartered has stressed the importance of prevention for the future eradication of malaria.
The organisation which spoke through its Country Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria, Bola Adesola noted that on World Malaria Day, the country is celebrating a future where prevention is no longer needed.
According Adesola, “Malaria is a critical health issue to Standard Chartered which impacts our staff, our customers and our communities. We are extremely proud to support NetsforLife in the fight against malaria.’’
Adesola recounted that according to the World Health Organisation, malaria is the leading cause of death among children under five in sub-Saharan Africa.
The disease costs Africa more than US$12 billion a year in productivity loss, according to the Lancet Journal.
The CEO explained that Standard Chartered in partnership with NetsforLife is running prevention programmes in 17 African countries and empowers communities to fight malaria. More than 18 million people have benefited from the work they do.
The oragnisation along with five other donors has enabled the delivery of 6.3 million mosquito nets and has trained over 40,000 community leaders across Africa through NetsforLife.
In Nigeria, the organisation will run series of events throughout Africa. For Nigeria, these would include malaria eradication awareness campaigns, facilitation of trainings targeted at recruiting more volunteer amongst others.