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Distribution of 676,000 nets underway in Kasaï Occidental Province, DRC


This distribution will achieve universal coverage in seven Health Zones in the Kasaï Occidental Province of Congo (Dem. Rep.), across a population of some 1.2 million people.

The distribution is being carried out by IMA World Health, with the UK Government’s Department of International Development (DFID) as a co-funding partner.

This will the first stage of a two stage net distribution approach that has the specific objective of maintaining sleeping space coverage at or above 80% for a period of four years.

The second stage will involve continuous monitoring of net use and condition, and also net gaps, with additional net distribution as appropriate via 'routine distribution' mechanisms.

In addition, 6,000 nets will cover all hospital and maternity beds across all health facilities in the seven Health Zones.

 


Distribution of 245,000 nets underway in Dedza district, Malawi


245,000 nets are now being distributed in Dedza district, Malawi. All nets will be distributed by the end of October.
 
These nets will protect some 440,000 people, helping to achieve universal coverage of all sleeping spaces in the district.
 
Pre-distribution work led by our distribution partner, Concern Universal Malawi, and carried out with the local government health teams, has involved visiting all 162,723 households in the district to establish net need per household. This allows an efficient, targeted distribution with each household receiving the number of nets each needs.
 
This pre-distribution activity allows significant engagement of community and health leaders in the net distribution process and associated malaria education elements. Community involvement is instrumental in ensuring an organised distribution and helping to achieve high levels of immediate net hang-up and sustained use.
 
Detailed distribution records, including household level data, will allow us to verify nets were distributed as intended. Independent supervision at the ‘moment of distribution’ ensures no nets are misappropriated.
 
The data collected during the pre-distribution phase will be used in the six-monthly post-distribution net use and condition check-ups, when 5% of households are selected at random and visited unannounced to gather net use and condition data. These (anonymised) data are made public, allowing us to report on the levels of net use achieved over time. The District Health Officer (DHO) and his/her team are able to use this health-centre level information to influence additional local malaria control interventions as they deem necessary.
 



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