Chidi Ugwu (2013) Making-up Malaria Data: A Nigerian Example
This study sets out to examine the processes through which data are generated on malaria in Nigeria. It focused on the Roll-Back Malaria (RBM) initiative, examining the case as it applies to Nsukka, a local community in southeast Nigeria.
The study relied on written sources as well as on ethnographic and quantitative strategies for data collection. The findings reveal that, if cross-examined with facts in this locus, most national pronouncements on malaria data will be seen to be counterfactual. And because the RBM initiative is run and controlled by the same national authorities that recently proclaimed Nsukka as the best example in the implementation of the program in Nigeria, our results therefore seem to have a national significance. The importance of the results of this study for Sub-Saharan Africa is based on the declaration by the International Health establishment and national authorities that Nigeria bears a greater malaria burden than any other country in the sub-region. Hence, if any aspect of the major suppositions regarding malaria in Nigeria is altered, it has very important implications for the profile of the disease in Sub-Saharan Africa.