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By: Miska Salemann

Celebrating Community Health Workers in Northeastern Nigeria during World Health Worker Week 

April 5, 2022
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This World Health Worker Week, United to Beat Malaria is celebrating healthcare workers on the frontlines making a difference in the fight against malaria. 

Northeastern Nigeria is one of the most malaria-affected areas in the world. Additionally, the Boko Haram insurgency continues to impact access to healthcare for many displaced and vulnerable populations. 

Healthcare workers, like Hajja Jalo Ahmed and Tapchin Goro, are providing life-saving malaria services to populations in need. Read more about their stories here:

Meet Hajja Jalo Ahmed.

Hajja Jalo Ahmed is a nurse and midwife in Borno State. 

Hajja recently took a training course so that she could learn more about malaria case management so she could learn more about malaria diagnosis tools like Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and malaria preventive treatments for pregnant women. 

She told partners that “everyone will have a productive life” in a malaria free world. For Hajja, it is important to beat malaria in Northeast Nigeria because malaria is one of the highest causes of death for pregnant women and children under the age of five in Borno State. 

Your gift will help healthcare providers, like Hajja, provide critical care to pregnant women and other vulnerable communities in Northeast Nigeria. 

Meet Tapchin Goro. 

Tapchin Goro is a midwife and coordinates services out of a clinic in Borno State. Tapchin became a midwife due to her passion for humanity and the desire to help others. 

According to Tapchin, “malaria is hard to control due to poor environmental hygiene and sanitation, poor immune systems, and due to scarce commodities.”  

Healthcare workers, like Tapchin, are fighting on the frontlines to prevent and beat malaria. Preventing malaria is an important strategy for reducing the strain on health systems.    

“If malaria would be wiped out from the community and the world at large, it would go a long way in reducing maternal and child mortality, anemia, miscarriages, and malnutrition,” Tapchin explained.   

Our campaign is especially grateful for the sacrifices that healthcare workers make every day in order to care for their local communities. 

For World Health Worker Week, United to Beat Malaria is inviting supporters to help provide training and tools for healthcare workers like Tapchin and Hajja in Northeast Nigeria.

Give today and have your gift matched, creating two times the impact!

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