Team Doctors Triumph as Special Olympics Nigeria Commemorates World Malaria Day

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Special Olympics Nigeria (SO Nigeria) through her ExxonMobil Foundation sponsored Skillz For Life initiative, last Saturday held a novelty match as part of the activities lined up to mark the 2018 World Malaria Day in Lagos.

In the final match of the programme which held at the CMS Grammar School Bariga, Lagos, Team Doctors defeated Team Malaria 3-0 in penalty shoot out to emerge champions. The match had ended goalless at regulation time.

In collaboration with Grassroots Soccer, the Skillz for Life Initiative uses football as a learning tool to teach about the prevention and treatment of malaria.

SO Nigeria has commemorated World Malaria Day in a continuous effort to raise awareness on the need to combat malaria and reduce its prevalence among people with intellectual disability (PWID), and the community at large.

Attendees of this year’s event were invited to participate in a family health forum (FHF) where health talks on malaria, HIV and their adverse effects on the community were given as well as Voluntary Counseling and Testing on malaria and HIV.

The World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Observed every year on the 25th of April, it is a day earmarked to raise awareness on the need for continuous investment and support to various countries, in their efforts to combat malaria and its related problems, as well as provide information and support where necessary for communities prone to malaria.