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Wema Bank Commemorate World Malaria Day 2023, Collaborates With Karis And Eleos Hope Foundation


By Moninuola Sulaiman
The World Health Organization reports that the highest incidents of malaria outbreaks and deaths are recorded in Africa with over 234 million cases and more than 593,000 deaths in 2021 alone.
The report further states that nearly 80% of malaria deaths in the African Region in 2021 were among children under the age of 5. This has led to heightened awareness and advocacy for malaria prevention, treatment, and care across the continent.
In line with one of their core Corporate Social Investment pillars – Health, Wema Bank, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, partnered with Karis and Eleos Hope Foundation for the World Malaria Day 2023 commemoration.
The event took place on Tuesday, 25th April 2023, at Idi Araba Community, Oworoshoki with over 500 beneficiaries within the community impacted. The residents were enlightened on the importance of good personal and environmental hygiene for malaria prevention as well as appropriate treatment measures.
The Bank donated free insecticide-treated mosquito nets to the community with the provision of free medical check-up facilities and waste disposal bags by Karis & Eleos Hope Foundation and LAWMA respectively.
The residents were also engaged in a financial literacy session by representatives of the Bank for their economic empowerment, development, and growth.
Speaking about the event, Abimbola Agbejule, Head, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Wema Bank reiterated the Bank’s commitment to providing meaningful solutions for societal impact through community-centered initiatives amongst others.
In her words, “We are delighted to partner with Karis and Eleos Hope Foundation to celebrate World Malaria Day 2023. It is an opportunity for us to create awareness about the importance of malaria prevention with the aim of reducing malaria cases and deaths in our communities. As a Bank, we are committed to promoting initiatives that enhance the well-being of Nigerians.”
The event was a great success; the Baale of the Idi Araba Community, Alakoso Oriyomi Akeem Bashir, and the residents expressed their appreciation to the Bank for the mosquito net donations and knowledge imparted at the event.

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Polaris Bank Commences Phase IV Breast Cancer Screening Exercise For Staff, Customers



Polaris Bank Commences Phase IV Breast Cancer Screening Exercise For Staff, Customers

…restates commitment to stemming the scourge 

By Moninuola Sulaiman 

Polaris Bank has announced that it has commenced breast cancer screening for its staff and customers meant to reduce the incidence of breast cancer in Nigeria.

The Bank’s Group Head, Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike, made this known in Lagos while reiterating the Bank’s unwavering commitment and partnership to stem the breast cancer scourge among women.

Polaris Bank notes that increased awareness, screening, advocacy, and support will go a long way to reducing the incidence of breast cancer in the country.

The screening exercise, which is in its 4th phase, commenced in April and will hold once every month. It is open to the Bank’s interested female staff and customers. The screening exercise is in Partnership with COPE and holds at the NGO’s, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos Office.

Mr. Ezurike noted that healthcare is one of the pillars of Polaris Bank’s Corporate Social responsibility (CSR), stressing that its partnership with relevant public-spirited Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, like Care Organisation Public Enlightenment (COPE), Societal Healthcare Organisation (SHO), and Marcel Ruth Cancer Centre, has enabled it to contribute significantly to the reduction of breast cancer in the country.

The Polaris spokesman further noted, “In partnership with the aforementioned NGOs, we have covered five key milestones, namely, awareness, advocacy, capacity-building, prevention, and treatment in an ongoing effort to reverse the negative impact and trend of the scourge and other related health complications.”

“We have screened over 22,000 women, including female staff members of the Bank through our prevention program, donated three ultra-modern breast cancer screening machines to enhance quality diagnosis and clinical practices, sponsored the treatment of over 30 indigent cancer patients, and organized/Partnered on a 10-km/6-km walk with over 3,100 participants to draw public attention to the breast cancer scourge,” he said.

The President of COPE, Mrs. Ebunola Anozie, commended Polaris Bank for the support, care, and encouragement they have so far received from the Bank, stressing that the Bank has been a strong partner behind their initiatives for nearly 20 years now.

“For some time, we had difficulty getting the required support for the women. Some of our women used handkerchiefs; some used tissues to fill up their bras. But we are grateful for the timely support of Polaris Bank. They were able to donate prostheses that ensured our breast cancer survivors lived better lives”, Anozie added.

Polaris Bank also has several other initiatives to improve the well-being of the womenfolk in general in the country. In 2021 it organized a 3-day intensive capacity-building workshop in Northern Nigeria on life-saving skills for 50 community midwives and health extension workers, randomly selected from 80 percent public and 20 percent private hospitals in Kano State in partnership with SHO.

Additionally, in seeking ways to address social issues affecting women, and the most vulnerable groups in Northern Nigeria, Polaris Bank also worked in concert with a northern-based NGO and women-focused group, Sisters-Keepers Initiative, to organize a conference in Kano to exchange ideas on the scourge of child neglect, physical abuse, domestic violence, illiteracy, street begging, and child labour.

The Bank was adjudged Digital Bank of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by BusinessDay Newspaper’s Banking and Finance Industry Awards (BAFI) alongside other Institutions that recognized VULTe as Nigeria’s best digital Bank, like Nigeria FinTech Awards, amongst others.


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Dangote: Global Partnerships And Investments Saved 12m Lives From Malaria Deaths



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As World Malaria Day is marked globally, President of Dangote Group and United Nations’ Malaria Ambassador for Nigeria, Aliko Dangote has called for joint actions by all stakeholders globally if the collective goal of disease elimination by 2030 is to be achieved.

Dangote in his World Malaria Day statement titled “With Urgent Investment, Innovation and Implementation, Zero Malaria Spread is Possible” urged that all stakeholders must work together to decimate malaria, which he said had brought untold human suffering with the economic toll of the disease on global productivity.

According to him, urgent investment, innovation, and implementation by such stakeholders would help curtail malaria spread wherever the disease is found around the world.

He said “…More than ever, we must collaborate to ensure that no child or person dies of malaria or loses another day to this debilitating illness again. We must also drive further progress toward malaria elimination in Nigeria and Africa at large by focusing on three key areas to ensure that malaria elimination remains high on Nigeria’s public health and development agenda; advocate at all levels to ensure sufficient funding to sustain the progress made so far, as we jointly seek to end malaria for good and encourage private sector leaders to implement malaria prevention and treatment programs in their companies, as we do across our businesses in the Dangote Group.”

Dangote disclosed that since 2000, global partnerships and investments in the fight against malaria have yielded positive results by preventing some 2 billion malaria cases, saving 11.7 million lives, and putting eradication within reach. He, however, lamented that 96% of malaria deaths globally were found in 29 countries, with Nigeria sadly among the four countries which accounted for over half of all malaria deaths globally in 2021. He said this year’s World Malaria Day (WMD) has presented an opportunity to galvanise global efforts towards advocacy and sustained political will and investment that will be aimed at ending the scourge of the disease.

In his statement, Dangote expressed his readiness to lead the way, pledging that his Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) will further strengthen its engagements with the various key stakeholders in “Nigeria and globally to support the efforts to address malaria in our workplaces, communities, and especially high burden areas to attain our collective goal of malaria elimination by 2030”.

The philanthropist noted that billions of dollars were pledged by donors at the historic Global Fund Replenishment meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in 2022 to boost the fight against HIV, TB, and Malaria. He however expressed regret that an unprecedented shortfall of more than 50% in global malaria funding is now holding countries back from maintaining life-saving malaria programs, despite the historic pledge.

Consequently, the Malaria Ambassador said the funding gaps have been contributing to declining progress in the countries with the highest burden of malaria. “Countries will not reap the rewards of these investments without further commitment to scale up and roll out these innovations where they are needed most. For Africa to move forward, he said the Continent has to get rid of malaria once and for all. Now, according to him, is the time to take decisive action to deliver on our goal of zero malaria, spur overall development and achieve the 2030 targets”, he added.

Dangote urged that the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day: Time to Deliver Zero Malaria: Invest, Innovate, implement highlighted the need for urgent action and further investments to ensure existing investments deliver maximum impact in the fight to end malaria.

r“As a United Nations (UN) Malaria Ambassador for Nigeria, I would like to add my voice to the global call on governments and partners around the world to: Invest more in malaria programmes to bridge critical funding gaps and accelerate progress towards the total elimination of malaria; Innovate further to deliver improved solutions to end malaria that are tailored to those who need them most and Implement national strategies to accelerate progress against this age-old disease, by demonstrating leadership, adopting innovative and sustainable approaches, and scaling up national malaria programmes to deliver lifesaving tools to those at highest risk.”

Dangote then acknowledged the positive efforts of the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as the second national drug regulator to approve the use of the R21 vaccine, saying the fight against the malaria scourge has been buoyed by the introduction of the new malaria vaccine -R21/Matrix-M, which was developed by the University of Oxford and will be manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

“As we look forward to its rollout soon. All efforts must be made to sustain the adequate sourcing and application of this innovative vaccine in the fight against malaria; akin to the noble efforts made to ensure the eradication of polio in Nigeria and Africa”, he concluded.




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World Malaria Day: Orange Group Committed To Solving Malaria Problem In Nigeria



Orange Group Committed To Solving Malaria Problem In Nigeria

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Orange Group, a Leading FMCG company in Nigeria, marks World Malaria Day with a renewed commitment to tackle Malaria through its innovative drugs.

The goal of World Malaria Day, observed annually on April 25, is to increase public awareness of the fight against Malaria and promote action to lessen its impact on suffering and mortality.

Millions of Nigerians are in danger of contracting Malaria each year, making it a severe issue in the country. According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria is home to the most significant number of malaria infections and fatalities worldwide.

On this year’s World Malaria Day, the company is renewing its pledge to help reduce the burden of Malaria and beyond.

This year’s World Malaria Day theme is “Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement.” Orange Group Nigeria has promised to keep up its fight against the disease by spreading awareness and providing its innovative and cutting-edge anti-malaria medication and repellent cream.

The Group Media and Communications Director, Uchenna Ezenna-Gboneme, stated:

“At Orange Group, we recognize that the fight against Malaria requires a multidisciplinary approach involving the development of effective treatments and implementing preventive measures. That is why we have invested heavily in research and development to create innovative products that can help prevent and treat Malaria.”

The company’s flagship products, Laris and Gardia, effectively prevent malaria infection and reduce transmission rates.

Laris, an anti-malaria medication, contains a combination of artemether and lumefantrine that has been proven highly effective in treating Malaria. The drug is available in tablet form, making it easy to administer, even in remote areas with limited healthcare infrastructure.

The medication is available and is offered at an affordable price to ensure access to all Nigerians, irrespective of their social or economic status.

“We have worked closely with healthcare providers and regulatory authorities to ensure that Laris meets the highest quality and safety standards,” she added.

Orange Group Committed To Solving Malaria Problem In Nigeria

In addition to Laris, Gardia, a mosquito repellent cream, is also an innovative solution developed to protect individuals from mosquito bites. The cream is a top-performing mosquito repellent that is effective against many mosquitoes, including those that transmit Malaria. Gardia has been scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes for up to eight hours, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor use. The cream is easy to apply, non-greasy, and has a pleasant scent, making it a popular choice.

“We are proud to say that GARDIA has helped many people avoid mosquito bites, reducing their risk of malaria infection.” She further added

Orange Group Nigeria is also involved in several initiatives to reduce malaria transmission rates and promote community involvement in malaria control efforts. These include community sensitization programs and partnerships with agencies and NGOs.

Orange Group Committed To Solving Malaria Problem In Nigeria

“At Orange Group, we are committed to using our expertise and resources to help solve the malaria problem. We believe that collaboration and innovation can make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of people affected by this disease. We will continue to invest in research and development to create new and better products and work with our partners to implement effective prevention and treatment programs. Together, we can achieve a malaria-free world.” Gboneme added.

Know More About Orange Group: Orange Group is an innovative fast-moving consumer goods company based out of Nigeria with a footprint that stretches across West Africa in three key segments: Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Food, and Beverage.













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