The diocese of Mukono stops manufacturing of mosquito nets because the market dwindles :: Uganda Radionetwork

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Deborah Zawedde Ssetyabule, director of the Entrepreneurship Center, says the diocese has the capacity to produce 200 mosquito nets a day. But production capacity can only make sense if there is a market for it, she adds.

A plan by the Diocese of Mukono to manufacture mosquito nets has come to a standstill due to a lack of market.

The diocese advanced its plans to manufacture mosquito nets in 2018 through its Nakanyonyi Entrepreneurship Center. It mainly targeted the schools and higher institutions established by the Church as the main market.

Statistics in the Diocesan Secretary’s office show that there are over 3,000 academic institutions among the Church of Uganda and other affiliated institutions. However, they all had ceased operations following the CIVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of educational institutions in March.

Deborah Zawedde Ssetyabule, director of the Entrepreneurship Center, says the diocese can produce 200 mosquito nets a day. But production capacity can only make sense if there is a market for it, she adds.

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Mosquito nets are considered to be the most effective measure against malaria, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Uganda carries a particularly heavy burden of the disease, which is considered the country with the sixth highest number of malaria deaths in Africa and the highest transmissions in the world. Malaria accounts for over 30 percent of outpatient visits and 20 percent of hospital admissions across the country.

The government recently launched a new “under the net” campaign that the government plans to distribute up to 27.5 million mosquito nets across the country to help residents protect themselves from malaria.

The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng examined the nets made by the diocese and confirmed that they are of good quality. “We will continue to explore this project and see how the church can be helped reach a larger market that is beyond its target,” said Aceng.

Other Church projects include dairy farming, making face masks, clerical clothing, embroidery, and other professional activities.

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