AIICO Insurance Plc has teamed with HACEY Health Initiative kick malaria out of vulnerable communities through awareness campaign in such communities spread across Lagos, Oyo and Rivers States.
The objective of the campaign is to improve women’s knowledge, attitude and practice particularly among pregnant women, nursing mother’s and mothers in vulnerable communities.
Forging into the nooks and crannies of the endemic communities with this year’s theme, “Harness Innovation to Reduce the Malaria Disease Burden and Save Lives” the team engaged directly, 500 women their families and community leaders who were beneficiaries of the long-lasting insecticidal nets.
The campaign was executed leveraging the primary healthcare institutions. In Lagos state the public health centres at Oke-Eletu – Ikorodu Local Government area, Bola Tinubu – Alimosho Local Government Area and Agbowa – Epe Local government area were strategically targeted. The programme, which was run concurrently, also took pace in two local government areas in Oyo and Rivers States. Door-to-door sensitisation campaigns were conducted within the neighbourhood of the health centres with a reach of about 4000 people.
The statement cited WHO data that 241 million cases of malaria were recorded worldwide in 2020 and has continued to be a significant public health challenge in sub-Saharan Africa which accounts for about 93% of global cases and 94% of all malaria-related deaths.
Mrs Abimbola Shobanjo, the head, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at AIICO Insurance Plc, stated, “At AIICO, we believe that a healthy country is key to achieving the sustainable development goal. This is why we invest in the health of vulnerable people, especially women. Malaria can limit the ability of pregnant women and children to live to their full potential. We are implementing this project in line with our long-term strategy to support a healthy and productive country.”