Launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership mobilizes global support and resources, and builds effective partnerships to reduce the malaria burden.
One of UNICEF’s major contributions to the partnership is the sourcing and provision of malaria-related commodities, principally insecticide-treated nets. These are the current standard for protection against malaria, especially for young children and pregnant women. Insecticide-treated nets can reduce child mortality by 20 per cent and clinical cases of malaria by 50 per cent.
However, several studies show that, even when accompanied with strong communication and mobilization campaigns, the household use of treated nets is currently low. While families do buy the nets and keep using them for a long period of time, the re-treatment rate of mosquito nets is very low, reducing dramatically the protection offered by the nets.
The use of long-lasting insecticidal nets is now seen as the answer. A long-lasting net is a ready-to-use pre-treated mosquito net, which requires no further treatment during its expected life span of several years.