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Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets

The use of long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) each night is one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria.
A sustained high coverage of LLINs results in the reduction of the mosquito density and thus in the reduction of overall malaria transmission. Activities increasing coverage and usage of prevention measures are therefore guaranteed to have a rapid impact on the malaria burden. The systematic distribution or LLINs – along with information on how to hang, use and maintain them properly - has been at the core of the WHO guidance on malaria prevention since 2007.
 
LLINs have a double effect, working as a physical barrier preventing the mosquitoes from reaching their pray, but also as a chemical barrier: the insecticide repels the mosquitoes or kills them when they enter into contact with the net. What distinguishes LLINs from other insecticide treated nets is that they are made with netting material that has insecticide incorporated within or bound around the fibers. That means that unlike other bed nets, which are just dipped in insecticide, LLINs are highly resistant and don’t need to be retreated each year.  

The Pioneer Project responds to the critical need for LLINs in mid-western Uganda.
Before the Pioneer Project started work in mid-western Uganda, very few households in the region (only 19 percent) owned an LLIN. That is extremely low coverage relative to the high burden of malaria in the region as well as compared with progess made elsewhere in the country. Find out more about why Malaria Consortium and the Ugandan Ministry of Health selected these five districts in mid-western Uganda here.

Pioneer distributes LLINs through district-wide campaigns in the region, ensuring that families have immediate access to prevention measures.
Malaria Consortium, in cooperation with the Government of Uganda, organized a mass distribution campaign with the target of achieving universal LLIN coverage in the mid- western region of Uganda. It was the first distribution campaign aiming at achieving universal coverage in Uganda. Working with all relevant national and regional representatives – including District and Village Health Teams and the National Malaria Control Program – the LLIN distribution campaign was carried out from November 2009 to August 2010.

Pioneer has already achieved LLIN coverage in four of five districts.
Significant progress was also made in the remaining district, with over 600,000 nets distributed. Around 2,150,000 persons benefited from this intervention. Six to 9 months post distribution, over 95 percent of the distributed nets were retained, 82 percent of the people had access to nets and the use of the nets had seen a seven-fold increase, reaching 66 percent.

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