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Private sector as an integral part of the solution for malaria surveillance—Nigeria Integration efforts

Dr. Perpetua Uhomoibhi, Nigeria National Malaria Elimination Program

Perpetua provided an overview and the challenges of malaria surveillance in Nigeria in general and those specific to the private sector, which include but are not limited to the following: minimal regulation, low private sector contribution to the HMIS, minimal oversight mechanism for the private sector, limited understanding of the national quality standards and compliance of products, poor visibility on the provision of diagnostic services, poor penetration in the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) market and limited demand, and limited coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme in the private sector. She concluded this presentation on a high note by enumerating some efforts of the National Malaria Elimination Program and partners in the private sector and the strategies for engaging the private sector on surveillance.

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