Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria has 162 million people, 43% of whom are younger than 15 years of age. According to the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) malaia accounts for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% of hospitalizations among children under five years of age. The 2010 Malaria Indicator Survey showed that 42% of households own at least one insecticide-treated net, up from 8% two years earlier, and 29% of children under five years of age slept under an ITN the night before the survey, up from 6% in 2008.
A major recipient of donor support, Nigeria had six grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in 2013, with 45 million nets distributed as well as subsidized medication via the Affordable Medicines Facility - malaria. Other donors include PMI, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the U.K. Department for International Development, other NGOs and the private sector.
As Nigeria’s national football team vied for and won the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, visibility for United Against Malaria increased. Several star players have recorded UAM public service announcements.
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- Nigeria Football Federation