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On the 29th of April 2017, Special Olympics Nigeria celebrated the World Malaria Day (WMD) by organising various activities to express its solidarity with the global fight against malaria.
The event which took place at the St. Finbarr’s College Akoka Lagos, had activities which include the following;

  • Malaria and HIV Voluntary Counselling and testing (VCT) for all participants in the ExxonMobil sponsored SKILLZ for life project
  • A Family Health Forum
  • And a Unified Soccer Match
The event was officially opened by the Program Coordinator, ExxonMobil SKILLZ for life Project, Mr. Sylvester Oboh who made the introductory remarks. The event created the platform for families of athletes (people with intellectual disabilities), partners and community members to be educated on malaria-its symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment methods.

The health talk on malaria was given by Mrs Joy Onwubiko, Program Lead Tester, Chamagn Foundation who represented the Executive Director, Chamagn Foundation; Mrs. Abimbola Ojosipe. Chamagn Foundation is a non-profit organisation (NGO) that focuses on providing technical support to health based NGOs on issues relating to Malaria, HIV and other health related matters. They also provide regular testing and counselling on HIV and create awareness on Malaria and HIV.   

After the health talk, the unified soccer match commenced after which the Malaria/HIV VCT followed. Medication was prescribed to those tested positive for Malaria while mosquito nets were distributed to persons living in areas with high prevalence of Malaria.

To view pictures from this event, click here

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