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Nigeria Tasks Africa’s Richest Man to Cut Malaria’s Prevalence

  • Nation needs $4.4 billion over three years to reduce illness
  • Nigeria accounts for almost a third of malaria deaths globally
Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

Photographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg

Nigeria has appointed Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, to lead a committee commissioned with eliminating malaria in the West African nation as the mosquito-borne infection has made a comeback across the continent amid disruptions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Africa’s most populous nation, which also has the highest prevalence of malaria globally, can save 687 billion naira ($1.6 billion) this year, and 2 trillion naira by 2030, if it were to put an end to the disease, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday.