Rethinking malaria elimination in Nigeria: WHO's Director General speaks

03 May 2024

In a recent meeting on malaria elimination in Nigeria, WHO's Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus urged Nigeria, the country with the world’s largest burden of malaria, to turn the tide on this ancient killer.

Just a few weeks ago, ministers from high burden countries in Africa met in Cameroon and signed the Yaoundé Declaration, committing to reduce deaths from malaria.

He said Nigeria is first out of the blocks, ready to translate the political commitment of the Yaoundé Declaration into action and resources – and I’m so proud to see this accelerated action, based on the declaration.

He urged Nigeria and other countries to use available powerful new tools coupled with strong community engagement on vector control to realise the vision of the Yaoundé Declaration.

He noted however that  these new tools will require significant and sustained resources.

Read his full speech here.