Mozambique introduces long-lasting mosquito nets
Maputo, 14 January 2005 – In an effort to boost the fight against Malaria in Mozambique, the Government starts using long-lasting mosquito nets. The Ambassador of Japan handed over more than 25,000 of those nets to the Health Minister on Friday. They will be distributed through UNICEF-supported programmes. “We hope to ensure that the nets reach the most vulnerable population: pregnant women and children under five years of age,” said UNICEF Representative Leila Pakkala during the ceremony.
Malaria is the first cause of child mortality in Mozambique accounting for the death of an estimated 45,000 children under five years of age per year. Over the past four years, UNICEF has been supporting the distribution of 800,000 insecticide-treated nets in Mozambique. Most of them have been made available at health units by the District Directorates of Health at a highly subsidised price of 30,000 Meticais (1,60 USD). The nets used so far require re-treatment of insecticide each year and do not last very long. The new Olyset nets are treated with an insecticide that can last more than 5 years without extra treatment making them the most cost effective. The nets were developed by a Japanese Company.
The Ambassador of Japan, Kanji Tsushima, on Friday handed over 25.725 of those Olyset ITNs to the Minister of Health, Francisco Songane. They have been financed by the Government of Japan and obtained through UNICEF’s procurement service. In his speech, the Ambassador said, ‘’This is a part of Japan’s broader cooperation with the health sector in Mozambique, besides HIV/AIDS and human resource development projects.”