Blantyre: World Vision Malawi (WVM) has announced that effective September,2018 it will distribute 10.9 million treated mosquito nets to 3.5 million households as one way of contributing to the reduction of incidences of malaria in the country.
Speaking when presenting project activities to the district executive committee (DEC), WVM District Project Officer for Blantyre, Evelyn Mwenda said malaria remains a major public health concern with prevalence rate of 24 percent.
She said according to the Health Management Information System of 2016, there were 353 incidences of malaria per every 1,000 population with 31 percent of all out-patient visits and 41 percent of all hospital admissions relating to malaria.
The Project Officer pointed out that 23 deaths of all ages per 100,000 people were as a result for malaria.
For the country, the universal coverage for treated mosquito net is defined as one net for every 1.8 people. However, to achieve universal coverage, in our project one net will cater for every two people.
We expect that this mass distribution of nets will contribute significantly to malaria reduction in the country, Mwenda said.
She said apart from the actual distribution of the nets, WVM would also conduct social behavior change communication activities where it aims at encouraging families to utilize the nets and urge communities to stop using the nets for other purposes like fencing vegetable gardens.
We would want that by the end of the campaign about 100 percent of households in the 28 districts who have registered as beneficiaries, 100 percent of them should have received the nets and that 100 percent of them should also sleep under the nets. There will be routine monitoring exercises throughout the process, Mwenda added.
District Environmental Health Officer for Blantyre, Dr. Penjani Chunga said distribution of nets to every household would greatly reduce cases of malaria in the district.
He hailed WVM for complementing government efforts in health service delivery and in ensuing positive health outcomes amongst the citizenry.
As management of the DHO, we are very thankful for the initiative and we will work closely with the organization and provide the necessary support throughout the project, Chunga said.
Distribution of the treated nets will be done in phases starting with South, Central and then Northern regions of the country.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA