President of Niger honors Dangote with national award for health interventions

President/CEO of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, received the Commander of the Order of Merit of Niger award from the President of the Republic of Niger, His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum in Niamey. According to the award certificate presented to Mr. Dangote in Niamey, the nation’s capital, the award was in appreciation of his services rendered to the Republic of Niger and also a tribute to his business acumen and philanthropy. It should be remembered that its Foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) intervened in various ways to improve routine health care and immunization in the Republic of Niger and its neighboring countries, namely Nigeria and Chad. Mr. Dangote had previously been conferred with the Commander of the National Order of Valor of the Republic of Cameroon and Grand Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Benin. In a related development, the Aliko Dangote Foundation, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of the Republic of Niger on a collaboration to enhance the Program. Expanded in Vaccination in the regions of Diffa, Maradi and Zinder, which are located along the country’s southern border with Nigeria. LR, President of La Repulique de Niger, SEM Mohamed Bazoum, President/CEO, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of the Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr Commandeur, in the Republic of Niger on Wednesday 3rd August 2022 Niger’s national prize awarded by the President is in recognition of the Aliko Dangote Foundation’s various health-related interventions, including financial support to the tune of $500,000 to help combat a previous outbreak of meningitis and another outbreak of cholera ; NGN 250 million for the provision of food to refugees and displaced persons; and $1,000,000 (one million dollars) in support to improve routine immunization in the three identified regions of Diffa, Maradi and Zinder. The Aliko Dangote Foundation and BMGF played a key role in a landmark World Health Organization certification of polio-free Nigeria and Africa in August 2020. The same successful template that was applied to ensure polio eradication in northern Nigeria in partnership with six states namely Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Yobe, is also being implemented by ADF to improve routine immunization and adequate vaccination around Nigeria’s borders with the Republics from Niger and Chad. The three regions of Diffa, Maradi and Zinder share a common border with northern Nigeria and together account for nearly 28% of Niger’s land area and around 40% of the country’s population. LR, President of La Repulique de Niger, SEM Mohamed Bazoum, President/CEO, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, Awarded the Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr Commandeur, while former Governor of Jigawa State , Mohamed Badaru Abubaka , in the Republic of Niger on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 Speaking about the partnership MoU, which was signed in May 2022, the Managing Director of the Aliko Dangote Foundation stated that “ADF is committing $1 million over 3 years; BMGF is providing $2 million, while GAVI is providing $10 million worth of vaccines under this MoU. ADF and BMGF are putting up the money needed to stimulate demand for the vaccines GAVI is putting up to ensure maximum uptake and coverage.” The MoU was signed between the Government of the Republic of Niger represented by the Ministry of Public Health, Population and Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization and the Ministry of Finance on the one hand, and the incorporated trustees of the Aliko Dangote Foundation. (ADF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), two independent endowed charities, and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, a global public-private partnership, on the other hand. The Foundations are committed to providing technical and financial support to the Government of Niger to strengthen its vaccine programs in a gradual and sustainable manner, improving its coverage in the Diffa, Maradi and Zinder regions to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Gavi, according to the MoU, will continue its support for immunization in selected priority districts in the three regions, in accordance with the agreement already signed with the Government of Niger, the strategic objectives of the Health System Strengthening Project grant ( HSS3) and approved financing. To protect target populations against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases, the Government of Niger is committed to strengthening the routine vaccination program and reducing morbidity and mortality in the Diffa, Maradi and Zinder regions. The objective of the MoU is to collaborate in strengthening vaccination in Niger to improve the provision of routine vaccination services in the three regions in order to achieve a total vaccination coverage of 90% of the target population by December 2024; ensure that at least 90% of districts achieve 90% Penta 3 vaccination coverage; vaccinate 90% of the zero doses identified; to stop poliovirus transmission and maintain polio-free status; and to ensure consistent national vaccine financing and procurement to ensure a sustained and consistent supply of all routine vaccines throughout the country. In August 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari commended Bill and Melinda Gates, Aliko Dangote and Emeka Offor in formally certifying the eradication of wild poliovirus in the African region during the virtual session of the 70th regional committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa at the State House, Abuja. LR, President of La Repulique de Niger, SEM Mohamed Bazoum, President/CEO, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of the Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr Commandeur, in the Republic of Niger on Wednesday 3rd August 2022 His praise came as Aliko Dangote emphasized the need for governments in Africa, in particular the federal and state governments of Nigeria, to increase their budget allocations to the health sector to improve basic health care for people. Dangote, in her remarks at the event, expressed her deep satisfaction at the final eradication of wild polio in Nigeria and, by extension, in Africa after years of hard work and collaboration among stakeholders. The renowned humanitarian, who was commended along with the co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, pledged to dedicate more of his wealth to support the provision of adequate quality health care to curb maternal and child mortality. . Mr. Dangote commended the efforts of the Foundation’s senior officials, including Executive Director Zouera Youssoufou and Community Engagement Leader Ahmed Iya for their tireless efforts to ensure an end to polio in Nigeria, as well as the various agencies state and federal government and development partners. who collaborated to make the certification possible. These, among others, include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) (now FCDO), the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Governors and Ministries of Health of the states of Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Borno, Sokoto and Yobe. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; President of Niger honors Dangote with national award for health interventions