A universal LLIN campaign to distribute 21 million nets across Uganda reached completion this weekend and was marked at an event in Kampala.
The first distribution of its kind in Uganda, the 16 month campaign represents a significant landmark in the country’s efforts towards malaria control, distributing one net for every two people, in households across the country.
Under the lead of the Government of Uganda, the Ministry of Health and the development partners the Global Fund, the United States Government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative and USAID, the UK Government, through DFID, and Johns Hopkins University, Malaria Consortium has supported the distribution of LLINs to over 95 percent of the population, in 110 out of Uganda’s 112 districts. A final 1.8 million nets were distributed this weekend to the two remaining districts.
An event to mark the end of the campaign was held in Kampala on August 16 and attended by Yoweri Museveni - the President of the Republic of Uganda - as well as members of Parliament, the Ministry of Health and key representatives from all campaign partners.
Malaria Consortium Uganda Country Director Dr. Godfrey Magumba said: ““For the first time, Uganda’s net coverage is reaching 95 percent. This is a major milestone in the history of malaria control in the country and as the lead implementing agency, Malaria Consortium is proud to have been able to work with the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health and its partners, to achieve this important step towards malaria control.”
For over a decade, Malaria Consortium has focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria, the control of neglected tropical diseases and the promotion of child health in Uganda. The campaign marks the first step towards achieving scale up of all major interventions, in accordance with the recommendations from the Global Malaria Action Plan.
Addressing the event, Dr. Julian Lob-Levyt, Malaria Consortium Chairman Board of Trustees said: “We would like to thank the Government of Uganda, the Ministry of Health and all development partners for the confidence and trust they have put in Malaria Consortium as the lead implementing agency for this campaign.
“We need to continue to be mindful that the fight against this devastating disease is not yet won. Malaria claims the lives of 23,000 Ugandans each year, the great majority of whom are children under five years. While all families in Uganda now have access to long lasting insecticide treated nets we need to continue to advocate for their correct and consistent use to ensure that the people of Uganda can fully benefit, and live healthy and productive lives.”