Malaria remains a major public health problem in Nigeria and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among children below age five and pregnant women. Culturally, the two most susceptible groups of people, pregnant mothers and young children, tend to sleep together. The estimated financial loss due to malaria prevention, treatment and loss of economically productive-hours annually is put at
N132 billion. The infection therefore causes enormous financial burden on government and people of Nigeria. Resource-poor households are worst affected as the infection further drains their means of livelihood and deepen their poverty level.
Social Mobilization for Malaria Control
LAPO is involved in community demand creation for malaria control services, educates community members and promote positive health-seeking behaviour with Long Lasting Treated Mosquito Nets, Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT). The organization has collaborated with the Association of Civil Society Organizations in Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN), the Society for Family Health (SFH) and the Global Fund to achieve success.
World Malaria Day
LAPO commemorates World Malaria Day yearly on April 25 as a part of its efforts to promote access to malaria control information, mosquito-treated bed nets and Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT). Activities include rallies, seminars, malaria screening and distribution of enlightenment materials.
Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)
LAPO conducts free malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) for effective management and control of the infection in endemic communities. Confirmed cases are usually referred to Primary Health Centres (PHCs) for free treatment with the support of Africare.