25/04/2018 - Press release
TOTAL COMPANIES IN NIGERIA LAUNCH THE 2018 MALARIA ELIMINATION CAMPAIGN
Lagos, April 25, 2018
Total in Nigeria via Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and Total Nigeria Plc on behalf of their partners namely the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), SAPETRO, CNOOC and PETROBAS, announces the launch of the 2018 Malaria Elimination Programme with the theme “Defeat Malaria”. The Programme marks this year’s World Malaria Day (WMD) which is themed “End Malaria for Good.”
In line with the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) 2014-2020 which outlines the key technical and supporting strategies in the ongoing fight against malaria for this period of time, Total in Nigeria continues to identify initiatives with the Roll-Back-Malaria Partnership and the Federal and State Governments to fight malaria. Total has over the years carried out annual Malaria Elimination Awareness Campaigns on WMDs in several states such as Lagos, Enugu, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory. This year, the campaign will be for Oyo state.
In addition to these initiatives, Total and its partners have embarked on institutional capacity development programmes to help in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria among the vulnerable groups - women and children. Currently, we are partnering with the Adamawa, Bornu, and Yobe state governments in the construction, furnishing and equipping of four Maternal and Child referral Centres (MCRCs). This will be replicated in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria.
These campaigns and others such as TOTAL’s Healthy Living Awareness Campaigns are part of our companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility commitments aimed at positively touching lives through sustainable partnerships. These are in tandem with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 13 (Health/Wellbeing), and 17 (Partnerships). According to the Malaria Fact Sheets of the World Health Organization (WHO), the malaria burden is huge globally with about 90% of it in sub-Saharan Africa. Hence, the TOTAL companies in Nigeria are committed to collaborating with all stakeholders in a bid to prevent and eradicate malaria in line with this year’s WMD theme; End Malaria for Good.