Malaria/HIV interactions in Nigeria - A review


  • Ifeyiuwa Chijioke-Nwauche Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Management, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt


Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Co- infection, Nigeria, Review


Background: Malaria and HIV are two of the most common and important health problems facing developing countries and Nigeria being the most populous African country bears a very high percentage of this burden. This article is an attempt to review the published articles on the co- infection of the two diseases available in literature from Nigeria.

Methods: A review of the literature on the subject was done utilizing google search, Medline, PubMed and other available literature. The keywords were Malaria and HIV; Interactions and Nigeria.

Results: Malaria and HIV constitute major public health threats responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in the country. Malaria and HIV are diseases of poverty resulting in over 4 million deaths a year. Both diseases are highly endemic, with a wide geographic overlap in sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria. The management of the co-infection is a major challenge to the public health system. Of particular importance is the potential drug-drug interactions involved in the management of the co-infections as a result of co­administration of the drugs which have not been adequately investigated.

Conclusion: Despite the endemicity of both diseases in Nigeria, there is paucity of data on the interaction of the two diseases.

Author Biography

Ifeyiuwa Chijioke-Nwauche, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Management, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt





How to Cite

Chijioke-Nwauche, I. (2015). Malaria/HIV interactions in Nigeria - A review. The Nigerian Health Journal, 14(3), 97. Retrieved from

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