Nigeria, nicknamed the Giant of Africa owing to its large population and economy, is an emerging market. However, with almost half the population living in poverty and 50 million people needing treatment for parasitic worm infections, we’re continuing to support the Ministry of Health to help maintain the country’s elimination programme.

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key facts

• Population: 182 million

• Percentage living in poverty: 46%

• Number requiring treatment for intestinal worm infections: 26.7 million*

• Number requiring treatment for schistosomiasis: 24.2 million*

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programme information

• Programme start date: 2016

• Numbers treated to date: 2,669,304^

• Programme coverage status: Scaling up to reach all at-risk school-age children^^




* Data from WHO schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth database.

^ For every treatment provided against schistosomiasis, treatments are also offered against intestinal worm infections where both diseases are present. Treatment numbers are for schistosomiasis only and dating from 2010 when the current reporting system was established. Numbers from January 2019.

^^ We support the programme in-line with the country’s strategic plan. As such, individuals other than school-age children may be treated.