Global Malaria News
AMF has signed an agreement with the DRC Ministry of Health to fund 11.8 million nets for distribution from April to December 2019. This represents 40% of DRC’s long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN) need for the 2019 portion of their three-year rolling universal coverage campaign.The nets will be distributed in five of DRC's 26 provinces, specifically:
- Equateur: 1.5m nets to protect 2.7m people, distribution during April 2019
- Sud Ubangi: 1.9m nets to protect 3.4m people, distribution in June 2019
- Tanganyika: 2.0m nets to protect 3.6m people, distribution in Q3 2019
- Haut Katanga: 4.0m nets to protect 7.2m people, distribution in Q4 2019
- Haut Lomami: 2.4m nets to protect 4.3m people, distribution in Q4 2019
In total, 21.2 million people will be protected.
Malaria is one of the primary health issues in DRC, with high incidence levels seen across the majority of the country. DRC is one of the two most malarious countries in the world with malaria responsible for the deaths of at least 100 children under 5 each day in DRC alone.
These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness. This quantity of nets could be expected to prevent 8,000 deaths, 8 million cases of malaria and make a material impact on the economy of DRC. It is estimated that the improvement in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), a measure of economic performance, would be about US$280 million.
AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 28,040 individual donations from 12,941 donors from 94 countries. These figures will increase as further donations are allocated. Many donations, large and small, help fund these nets.
We will report openly on progress and performance throughout and after the distribution.
Key elements of our agreement include:
- AMF is funding 11,800,000 LLINs for distribution in 2019
- This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Global Fund
- To support accurate data gathering, re-checks of net need numbers will take place by re-visiting a material number of households chosen at random.
- AMF will collect household registration data from the entirety of a proportion of villages as an independent check on registration and population numbers
- Household-level data will be collected on paper or using electronic-devices and then entered into AMF’s Data Entry System (DES) for analysis and verification. This, and the above elements combined, are the basis for a highly accountable distribution.
- Post-distribution monitoring of net use and condition (PDMs) will take place every nine months for two and a half years in all districts. AMF will fund this.
Distribution in Equateur and Sud Ubangi
Distribution in Tanganyika, Haut Katanga and Haut Lomami