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Fact of the week



200 million: More than 200 million insecticide-treated nets were delivered to African countries from 2004 to 2009

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Target: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
Since 2004 the number of insecticide-treated mosquito nets produced worldwide has increased five-fold – from 30 million to 150 million in 2009.
The increase in the production of nets and in resources available has led to a rapid rise in the number of nets procured and distributed within countries.
Manufacturers’ estimates indicate that more than 200 million nets were delivered to African countries during 2004–2009 and are available for use, out of the more than 350 million nets needed (defined here as one net for every two people) to achieve universal coverage in areas with malaria transmission.
Overall, African countries received enough nets during this time period to cover more than 50 per cent of their at-risk populations, and seven countries had received enough nets to reach 80 per cent coverage of households.

Source: UNICEF Roll Back Malaria, World Malaria Day 2010: Africa update, Progress & Impact Series, Report number 2, 2010; Milliner J. Net Mapping Project.
Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/malaria_progress.html



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