13 June 2017

Mozambique: Four Million Nets Distributed in Mozambique

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Vaccines, plus new tests and treatments, are needed to eliminate the scourge of malaria.

Malaria Consortium has successfully completed a mass distribution campaign of over four million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) across Nampula and Niassa provinces in Mozambique.

The nets were distributed almost simultaneously across all districts of each province - 23 districts in Nampula in November 2016, and 16 districts in Niassa in May 2017 - using a new operational model aimed at optimising resources.

Throughout the campaigns, Mozambique's National Malaria Control Programme was responsible for the LLIN acquisition and led overall planning and implementation through the decentralised structures of the health system. Malaria Consortium's role consisted of operational support, which included financial management, transport, procurement, logistics, training, management of service providers, efficient use of resources and effective coordination at provincial, district and field levels.

Sonia Gwesela, Malaria Consortium Mozambique Country Director said, "In Nampula Province, a major achievement was that 99 percent of households collected their nets. We successfully delivered 98 percent of the nets in both provinces, coming well above the 90 percent target set by the National Malaria Control Programme.

"With the successful completion of the distribution, we can now focus on a post-distribution communications campaign about the correct use of LLINs," she concluded.

The Malaria Prevention and Control Project is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and supports the efforts of the Mozambican government to reduce malaria throughout the country through scale up of prevention and control efforts with community involvement. Malaria Consortium is working in partnership with World Vision, Fundacao para o Desenvolvimento da Comunidadeo, International Relief and Development, and the Mozambique Ministry of Health.

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