U.S Govt, Global Fund Distribute 2 Million Malaria Prevention Nets

Oct 18, 2016 | Voice of America

The United States government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) supported distribution of 1,785,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to Zimbabweans communities at risk for malaria in August and September of this year.

According to the U.S Embassy in Harare, this effort, which is coordinated and led by the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), was timed to precede the annual seasonal malaria transmission peaks witnessed during the rainy season. Correct and consistent use of LLINs is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent malaria.

“As part of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) distributed 938,000 LLINs, which were combined with 847,000 Global Fund-procured nets, to maximize coverage and protection of Zimbabweans while sleeping during peak mosquito biting time. As a result, 1,785,085 sleeping spaces and even more people are now protected."

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