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|To fight malaria, the Government of Mozambique and UNICEF are teaming up to distribute insecticide-treated nets to all pregnant women and children under five.|
Globally, an estimated 300 to 500 million malaria episodes occur each year, resulting in over one million deaths. Over 90 per cent of these deaths occur in Sub Saharan Africa, and almost all of them in children under five years of age. Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds and the majority of these children die within 48 hours of the onset of illness. Most malaria infections are caused by infection with Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax.
UNICEF is an active partner in the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership which was launched in 1998 together with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, to mobilize global support and resources, and build effective partnerships to reduce the global malaria burden. In order to harmonize their efforts on all issues critical to production, demand forecasting, marketing, regulatory systems, procurement, delivery, and associated monitoring and evaluation of commodities used in the fight against malaria, UNICEF together with 25 other RBM partners established an RBM Working Group on procurement and supply chain management (PSM WG).
One of UNICEF’s major contributions to the partnership is the sourcing and provision of malaria-related commodities, principally insecticide-treated nets and antimalarial medicines. UNICEF will continue to pursue all options to expand access to insecticide-treated nets and effective anti-malarials as part of its global commitment to stemming the malaria pandemic. UNICEF procurement is guided by relevant WHO Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of malaria and by the national guidelines in effect in the recipient country.
Through its procurement services, UNICEF provides much needed support to governments, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, international financial institutions, philanthropic organizations, universities and other partners in their efforts to provide commodities to fight malaria as well as other diseases, (see Procurement Services).
For more information on malaria commodities available through UNICEF Supply Division, please visit the UNICEF Supply Catalogue.