As part of its efforts to fight malaria, the RBM Malaria End Partnership has distributed two billion insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) worldwide since 2004.
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the world’s largest platform for coordinated action against malaria.
In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the RBM partnership said the development and scale-up of these nets are responsible for 68 percent of the malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000.
This has contributed to global efforts that have saved more than 7 million lives and prevented more than 1 billion cases of malaria.
According to the latest status World Malaria ReportThe number of pregnant women and children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa who slept under an insecticide-treated net more than doubled between 2010 and 2018, from 26 to 61 percent.
According to the statement, the mosquito net market increased fivefold between 2006 and 2017, with prices falling from around $ 4.50 to $ 2, value for money increased significantly, and net coverage of 5, 5 million in 2004 to almost 200 million in 2018. “
Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of RBM Partnership to End Malaria, said the milestone was the result of a global partnership and continued commitment.
“The milestone in the delivery of 2 billion life-saving networks is a hallmark of an effective global partnership and sustained commitment over the past two decades.
“As we enter a new decade, we must step up action now to meet the ambitious global goals of significantly reducing the number of malaria deaths and cases by 2030.” he said.
He called for more commitment to ensure that more people are reached with life-saving mosquito nets.
“Political engagement and engagement at all levels of society will be vital to ensure that we reach the most vulnerable – pregnant women and children under five in sub-Saharan Africa – who are still infected with life-saving mosquito nets from malaria To suffer.
“We must continue to invest in the development, testing and expansion of nets with new insecticides and active ingredients in order to stay one step ahead of the evolving mosquito,” he said.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus said: “Nets treated with insecticides have saved lives, prevented suffering and brought us 2 billion steps closer to our vision of a malaria-free world.
“With the leadership of the country and the global partnership, they will continue to play an important role in making this vision a reality.”
The RBM partnership also released one new videoThis underscores the global collaboration that was required to boost funding, pioneering the manufacture and delivery of the insecticide-treated mosquito nets to millions of families around the world at risk of malaria, a preventable disease that kills a child every two minutes.
The recently released World Malaria Report 2019 showed that while the number of malaria cases reported in 2018 decreased compared to the previous year, more effort and resources are needed to fight the disease.
According to the report, 228 million malaria cases were reported in 2018, which is slightly fewer than in 2017 (231 million).
Nigeria, 18 other countries in sub-Saharan Africa and India accounted for around 85 percent of the global disease burden in 2018.
Malaria prevalence remains a major concern of countries, international health organizations and donor partners who have worked tirelessly to eradicate the disease.