Campaign Seeks To Distribute 700M Bednets In Sub-Saharan Africa By 2015
Several organization led by the WHO have contributed $5 billion for a campaign aimed at distributing 700 million bednets to prevent malaria in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015, the East African reports. The newspaper writesÂ thatÂ “[t]heÂ campaign is geared at increasing the use of bednets as the most strategic entry point, using politicians, faith-based organisations and the football stars to promote using nets.”Â
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, “Bednets are the most appropriate. With wider dissemination, we shall achieve our goals, but we need everybody to sleep under a bednet. We promise to do our part and so should everybody.” According to the WHO, nearly half of the worldâ€™s population are at risk of contracting malaria, a disease that kills aboutÂ one million people every year in Africa.
“Malaria can be brought to its knees. We have raised $5 billion to fully cover almost everybody under bednets, use residual spraying and ensure that all public facilities are fully stocked with” artemisinin-based combination therapies,Â Ray Chambers, the U.N. special envoy for malaria, said.
According to the East African, “The decision to champion bednets ahead of the other two strategies stems from the successful incidence of malaria reduction in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Eritrea and ZanzibarÂ â€“ which recorded no malaria deaths thanks to a similar bednets campaign.”Â WHO officials said they expect more firms toÂ begin producingÂ bednets, which would lower the cost. Details of bednet productionÂ will be finalised at the upcoming African Leaders Malaria AllianceÂ conference later this month (Nakkazi, 9/7).