The 2015 Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey (2015 NMIS) was implemented by the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the National Population Commission (NPopC), and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) from October 2015 through November 2015. Funding for the 2015 NMIS was provided by the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI); the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) through the Support to National Malaria Program (SuNMaP). Other partners who provided technical support include the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nationals Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Society for Family Health (SFH). ICF International provided technical assistance as well as funding to the project through The DHS Program, a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), providing support and technical assistance in the implementation of population and health surveys in countries worldwide.
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The Director-General of National Population Commission, NPC, Ghaji Bello, has said Nigeria’s population was currently 182 million, with more than half its people under 30 years of age. According to him, this puts a severe strain on a nation, with its slowing economy and declining revenue to provide enough schools and health facilities. Bello, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the latest estimate was based on the population of 140 million recorded in the last census a decade ago, using an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent weighed against other variables such as rising life expectancy and a declining infant mortality rate.