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Next Balaka, Malawi distribution brought forward to Sep/Oct 2015

The Malawi National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) will be coordinating a country-wide mass distribution of nets during 2015 in 24 (of the 28) districts in Malawi. This follows the nationwide mass distribution on nets in 2012 and is therefore a re-coverage campaign. This timing is consistent with the three year repeat cycle common to many national programmes matching the degradation profile and useful life of the nets.
As a result of discussions between the NMCP and the wider Task Force group, within which AMF and our distribution partner Concern Universal are represented, and which coordinates and manages malaria control activities in-country, it has been decided a re-coverage distribution in Balaka during 2015 is both the optimal action for protecting the people of Balaka and means the Balaka three year distribution cycle will be aligned with the rest of Malawi.
This means the distribution is now planned for September and October 2015 rather than September and October 2016.
As a result, all specific donations to AMF that are funding this distribution which had been previously designated as ‘underwriting donations’ (given it was considered likely an early distribution, elsewhere, and prior to Sep/Oct 2016 would mean the specific donations would be moved to fund an earlier distribution) have now been designated as ‘confirmed allocated’ and will fund the Balaka distribution.
Further information:
A partial coverage distribution took place in Balaka in June 2012 conducted by the NMCP. The 70,000 LLINs found in place via an AMF/CU-conducted district-wide audit of all households were supplemented by the distribution of 154,230 LLINs in October 2013 which achieved district wide sleeping spaces coverage. By September 2015 at least 70,000 LLINs will need replacing (to protect some 130,000 people) as well as an estimated 30-40% of the nets distributed in October 2013 (an additional 45,000 to 60,000 LLINs to protect some 80,000 to 110,000 people). In addition, nets that have less than 12 months life remaining will be replaced which is anticipated will increase the number of nets required by a further 50,000, and population growth will add an additional 10,000 LLINs for a total requirement of up to 190,000 LLINs.