$180 MILLION FOR NIGERIA’S ANTIMALARIA PROGRAMME
World Bank earmarks cash for malaria battle Washington - Nigeria has been granted $180-million in the World Bank's biggest anti-malaria project ever, the bank said on Wednesday. The aid is part of a World Bank push to fight the mosquito- borne disease in Africa and will support Nigeria's efforts to halve its malaria deaths by 2010.
"We must all work to coordinate our efforts and measure results so that we can rid this plague which is killing a million people a year worldwide, most of them children," World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz said in a prepared statement.
To highlight the plight of the victims, US President George Bush planned to speak on Thursday at a USsponsored malaria conference in Washington.
Bush has called for stepped-up international efforts to combat malaria.
He has sought $1,2-billion from the US Congress for a multi-year anti-malaria ai programme focused on Africa.
In Nigeria, malaria is the leading cause of illness and death, the World Bank quoted health minister Eyitayo Lambo as saying.
Nigeria is the 11th African country to receive aid under a World Bank programme launched last year. The new project will help Nigeria scale up prevention, such as provision of bed nets, as well as diagnosis and case management.
The focus will be on vulnerable groups, such children and pregnant women, the Washington-based bank said. - Sapa-dpa