Malaria can be classified as the first of the conditions causing most illness and death in Nigeria the country. This is apart from the leading condition in the areas of child health, reproductive and maternal health.
Furthermore, malaria have negatively impacted different demographic and socio-economic groups. For instance, under-five children and pregnant women are known to be relatively more adversely affected as demonstrated by the estimates that 11% of maternal related mortality is related to malaria in pregnant women.
This contributes to the relatively high maternal mortality rates in the country. Currently, there are, at least 30% more deaths of under-five children than there ought to be due to malaria. These trends are of more than major concern and burden to the Government and the Nigerian population at large. Blue Gate Initiative objectives are to:
- Ensure adequate treatment of all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective antimalarial drugs.
- Promote the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed.
- Provide access to effective case management, rapid scale up or expansion of all relevant and proven interventions
- Ensure adequate and appropriate distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets and Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women.
- Universal access to the relevant interventions including community education and sanitation
- Ensure equity through a community based approach and focus on hard to reach communities.