Five ways the USAID’s ‘President’s Malaria
Initiative for States’ is Making a Difference

An estimated 76 percent of Nigeria’s population are at risk of malaria by living in high transmission areas. Nigeria accounts for 27 percent of malaria cases worldwide and the highest number of deaths (24 percent) due to malaria in 2019 (World Malaria Report, 2020). The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) activity managed by USAID recognizes that “it
takes a village” to achieve a malaria-free Nigeria. PMI-S is implemented in eight states — Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, and Zamfara — and works with health officials at all levels to improve quality and access to services…

By Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard

I was proud to arrive in Nigeria and begin my third ambassadorial posting last November. 2020 will long be remembered as the year of the pandemic COVID-19, and we will look back and honor the lives of the more than 1.5 million people worldwide who lost their lives to this vicious pandemic. 2020 also marked 60 years of bilateral diplomatic relations between the United States and Nigeria, and much has been accomplished over the course of that time as democracy and a free and open business environment continue to grow. …

photo credit — PERFAR USAID partners assisting patients during COVID-19 pandemic

Every year on December 1 we commemorate World AIDS Day. This year, the U.S. Mission recognizes and honors those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and the resiliency of those who fight for epidemic control in Nigeria.

The PEPFAR Nigeria World AIDS Day 2020 theme is ‘Resiliency in HIV Programming in the Context of COVID-19’. This reflects the United States government’s continued commitment in standing, as friend and partner with Nigeria, in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, even in the face COVID-19.

Despite COVID-19, the PEPFAR Nigeria program witnessed tremendous growth and achieved, reaching a major milestone this year…

Binta Yahaya, a mother of four, is a maize smallholder farmer from Kaduna State. She has been growing maize for over 25 years using traditional farming methods. For several years, Binta and her neighbors complained that farming was not profitable. They also bought farm inputs such as maize seeds from the open market that were of low quality.

She heard about the positive reviews of the Value Kit in her community and decided to give it a try. She participated in the Kaduna State Consortium project with the support of the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation (PIATA), a strategic partnership…

Ogun State by Governor Dapo Abiodun awarded Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus, Ayodele Odeogbola overall Best Teacher as part of events to celebrate this year’s World Teachers Day. Along with the prestigious award, the governor awarded Ayodele a two- bedroom house.

Reflecting back on the importance of the fellowship, Ayodele noted, “the Mandela Washington Fellow experience remains a reference point for practices, innovation and dynamics in education in Ogun State and beyond. These have been achievable milestones through designed Professional Development Plan upon my return from the United States in 2016.”

By Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard

Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard presented her credentials President Muhammadu Buhari at a ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on December 24, 2019

Sixty years ago this week, Ambassador Joseph Palmer II presented his credentials as the first United States Ambassador to the Government of Nigeria. The occasion presents the opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of the partnership between our two great nations, each evolving democratically, over the intervening decades. In his welcome address to the people of Nigeria, President Dwight D. Eisenhower embraced the wishes of a people who cherished individual liberty and independence as we recognized the assumption of Nigeria to its sovereign place in the world community. Considering these remarks, I have…

Professors Amina Adamu (left) and Aisha Umar Tsiga (second right) of BUK, with Stephanie Zuilkowski (second left), and Adrienne Barnes (right) of Florida State University, at the Learning Systems Institute on the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Florida.

Over the past three years, a unique collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nigeria’s Bayero University in Kano (BUK), and Florida State University (FSU) in the United States has helped Africa’s most populous country strengthen its ability to teach early grade reading, the foundation of lifelong learning.

This activity supported the training and mentorship of six BUK Faculty Fellows on cutting-edge research, teacher training, and the process of publishing academic articles during a six-month residency at the FSU Learning Systems Institute. …

Photo Credit — PEPFAR

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supports women across their lifespan, through every step of motherhood — in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding — and in access to sustainable livelihoods so mothers can help support their families and strengthen their communities.

In fiscal year 2019 alone, the PEPFAR Nigeria program provided HIV testing services to 1.6 million pregnant women and enabled HIV+ women to receive life-saving antiretroviral medication that protects not only their own health but the health of their babies, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

The Racheal Ignatius Story

Mrs. Rachael Ignatius was 33 years old at…

Social distancing, travel restrictions, lockdown, stay safe, these are now everyday phrases as the invisible enemy, COVID 19 has changed how people live their lives. The future of work is being redefined, particularly civic work which relies on support from donor communities to thrive. How is this period shaping you and what opportunities and challenges do you see?

On April 17, 2020, the U.S. Embassy Abuja partnered with YIAGA African to host a free webinar focused on Civic Leadership in the Post Pandemic Era. The U.S. Department of State webinar was moderated by Samson Itodo, Executive Director of YIAGA Africa…

Dr. Brian-Gabriel Ndubuisi, CEO of Paperware Limited and alumnus of YALI RLC West Africa, is helping health workers in local hospitals stay safe by providing them with free hand sanitizers. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a scarcity and price surge of protective medical supplies such as face masks, surgical gloves, and hand sanitizers. In Lagos, not only did hand sanitizers become a rare commodity, hours after Nigeria announced its first COVID-19 case on February 28, 2019, the cost of a hand sanitizer bottle shot up by 2000 percent in some stores before day break, according to a report. This…

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