A global health firm, Vestergaard has called for a collaborative effort in eliminating malaria in Nigeria.
The firm formed part of a panel discussion, hosted by The Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa and its partners to discuss optimising vector control interventions towards malaria elimination in Nigeria.
The conversation held virtually included high-level representation from governments, private sector stakeholders, academia, and civil society.
During the discussion, emphasis was placed on the need for public–private partnerships to maximize impact on malaria vector control interventions in Nigeria, as well as to address gaps and highlight tools and innovations in vector control surveillance across Africa.
The Head of Global Growth of the firm, Patrick Sieyes, said, “The cornerstone of malaria prevention are essentially vector control in the form of long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying. Given the resource limitations, investment in the most cost-effective and basic tools, such as high-quality PBO Nets and vector control tools must be prioritised to maximise impact.”
He commended the Federal Ministry of Health for establishing a systematic product registration and traceability implementation strategy.
“Not all countries have a strong regulatory approval system for vector control tools. Nigeria should be commended for establishing a systematic product registration and traceability implementation strategy, in line with the National Strategy published by the Federal Ministry of Health in May 2020. There is an opportunity for Nigeria to leverage its institutions and systems to lead the way in the creation of an end-to-end quality monitoring framework for bed nets”, Sieyes noted.
The Head, Sustainability, Access Bank, and Co-Chair, CAMA, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, said the event was organised to foster public-private discussions on malaria elimination.
She said, “The roundtable aimed to have a structured discussion with relevant stakeholders to foster public–private partnerships on malaria vector control interventions in Nigeria. We have found that strategic partnerships can be highly effective in making an impactful change and aiding in the elimination of Malaria in Nigeria.”