3 February 2011 London, 3 February 2011: Malaria Consortium has produced two new case studies from a highly successful project in Mozambique that ended in December 2010. The project aimed to reach as many people as possible, especially the most vulnerable, and provide them with the correct tools to protect themselves through the public and private sectors.
Malaria is the most common cause of death among children under five in Mozambique and accounts for 60% of child hospital admissions. For this reason Malaria Consortium, financed by the UK Department for International Development, implemented a five-year project aimed at reducing the suffering caused by malaria through the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and the stimulation of the private sector market for nets.
The goals set out by the project were achieved in three ways. Firstly, distributing free nets through the national health service and thus reaching vulnerable communities and groups while also increasing the demand for and knowledge of nets. Secondly, supporting the private sector to develop a viable market for LLIN sales and thirdly, through communication and educational campaigns to promote the project to target audiences.
Malaria Consortium kick-started private sector development through giving companies advances in order to cover the costs of the initial batch of nets, they also offered price support that allowed for a reduction in the retail price. The companies also received a marketing subsidy of 70 percent of an agreed fixed amount during the first year and 50 percent in the second, in addition to support for distribution costs. Find out more about how Malaria Consortium worked with private sector and Proserv, a family run private company in our case study : Insecticide Treated Nets Make Business Sense.
As part of the project, Malaria Consortium worked with ante-natal clinics and local health centres to provide free nets to pregnant women who are particularly vulnerable. Many women knew about the importance of using a net to protect themselves but said they could not always afford to buy one or did not believe they were worth making a long journey for. Through this project, more and more pregnant women were motivated to visit their local health centre as they knew the nets were free. Furthermore, health centres conducted mobile outreach services and aimed to reach the most isolated communities. Read more about Isabel Fernando, a pregnant woman from the rural district of Monapo who has benefited from the free distribution of LLINs. Awareness About Malaria Rises Among Rural Women.