The Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) will distribute 68,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to refugees living in the Nyarugusu camp in the Kigoma region, Tanzania's The Citizen reported Tuesday (July 23rd).
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is sponsoring the distribution, which will begin will begin July 30th in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign and partner aid agencies.
"Malaria is the single biggest killer disease in the refugee camp, affecting mostly pregnant women and children under the age of five," said TRCS President George Nangale.
More than 11,000 cases of malaria were recorded at the camp between January and April this year, and malaria is the reason for 60% of all health consultations, he said.
The majority of refugees in Nyarugusu refugee camp are from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.