Mosquito web distribution: Wave 2 of the “Underneath the Web” marketing campaign accomplished, 28 districts coated
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in Uganda, killing 14 people a day. To reduce malaria prevalence, the Ministry of Health launched the “Under the Net” campaign, in which nets are distributed to different parts of the country.
The districts with the highest malaria prevalence rate and those recently hit by floods were prioritized.
The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of malaria in Uganda by spreading and raising awareness of the use of mosquito nets to prevent and combat malaria. If you want to protect your home, there are a lot more guides online how to repel mosquitoes
The campaign is being carried out in phases and the second wave has currently been completed.
This year, 27 million networks are to be distributed to all households across the country.
The recently completed wave 2 (western region)
Wave 2 of the net distribution began on August 9, 2020 and ended on August 21, 2020.
A total of 28 districts were covered mainly in western Uganda. These include: Kyankwanzi, Buhweju, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabo, Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kabarole, Kakumiro. Rukungiri, Kabale, Kiruhura, Kazo and Rubanda.
The nets were distributed to everyone regardless of age.
Anthony Byarugaba, the malaria contact in Kalangala District, said at least 85% of the population should have the nets.
Mulebwa Joseph, an LC1 chairman of Buyindi Village Kalangala, said, “I am glad to have received a new, long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net. I used one that is untreated but now I’m sure mosquitoes will die with it. “
Rukia Nakamatte, behavior change communications specialist at the Ministry of Health, confirmed that the only expected barriers were to occur during the net distribution in wave 2. like the bad transport networks as most areas were so difficult to get to.
In some districts, bales of mosquito nets have been rolled to households such as the Butema City Council, Kyakwanzi, due to the steep terrain.
One of the beneficiaries
The covid-smart campaign restricted person-to-person contact to prevent the spread of covid-19.
The LLIN (Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets) are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health as safe for all categories of people, infants and adults.
It should be noted that children under the age of 5 are the group most affected by malaria. In 2018, they accounted for 67% (272,000) of all malaria deaths worldwide.
The ministry found that malaria leads to anemia, cerebral malaria, premature birth, stillbirth, low birth weight and maternal mortality in pregnant women.
Pregnant women are therefore advised to take part in all prenatal check-ups and to follow measures to prevent malaria.
According to the Ministry of Health, mosquitoes are likely to increase due to the rains. Therefore, the use of treated mosquito nets and thus the timely need for mosquito nets to be supplied is promoted.
Wave 3 – Central Region
The third wave of mosquito net diffusion is intended to cover mainly the Kampala and Wakiso districts.
The program is expected to start in October 2020.
To this end, the Ministry of Health is urging residents to look out for village health teams, data recorders, and community council leaders, and to ensure they register these mosquito nets and receive them later as this will help to massively eradicate malaria cases.
The Ministry of Health intends to make some changes aimed at a successful campaign.
“Due to the fact that we are now in urban centers, we expect to do the exercise for a longer period of time, unlike in the other areas where we have worked for 4 to 5 days. We assume that it will take between 8 and 10 days, depending on the situation, ”confirmed Nakamatte.
She also said that urban areas are where most of the people are employed and this could cause delays.
Just like in the completed wave 2, the standard operational measures will be followed during the incoming wave 3 of the network campaign to prevent the spread of covid-19.
Nakamatte said the ministry is working with police to ensure that people wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distance during the exercise.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, encourages Ugandans to use the mosquito nets properly as their health is solely their responsibility.
Further efforts for a malaria-free Uganda
It should be noted that the Ministry of Health has established a private sector partnership that will oversee the country’s sustainable national malaria control, the Malaria Free Uganda (MFU) Board.
The action also aimed to provide technical assistance for sustainable struggle, cross-sector advocacy and mutual accountability of board members in malaria prevention.
This aims for the complete eradication of malaria by 2030.