Nigeria accounts for one-quarter of malaria cases in Africa and there are more deaths caused by malaria in Nigeria than in any other country. The disease is reportedly responsible for 60% of outpatient visits to health facilities; 30% childhood deaths; 25% of death of children under one year and 11% of maternal deaths. Approximately 1 in 6 Nigerian children die of malaria before their 5th birthday.
Economic loss, from treatment costs, prevention, loss of man-hours etc. is estimated at N132 billion ($660,000) annually.
Nigeria’s entire 177 million population is at risk from malaria. The country accounts for an estimated 23% of cases worldwide and a third of all deaths. Malaria is the leading cause of child deaths in the country and around 250,000 Nigerian children die every year from the disease.