Malaria control in Tanzania
Mosquito nets save lives and create jobs
Comprehensive information and marketing campaigns were developed to make the population aware of the danger of malaria and encourage them to buy mosquito nets. The project also showed that subsidies on mosquito nets actually do motivate the population to buy and use these nets.
In 2000, the Ministry of Health in Tanzania officially adopted a national strategy to combat malaria through the use of mosquito nets. Work started on developing a national programme, and private
retailers were involved in order to set up a sustainable and fair national distribution system for mos-quito nets that also covers remote regions of the country.
The project not only promotes the health of the Tanzanian people, but also boosts its economy. For some years now the A-Z Factory in Arusha in northern Tanzania has been producing mosquito nets. The factory employs more than 6,200 people, of whom 85% are women. Approximately 30 million nets are manufactured every year, making Tanzania, which a few years ago still had to import mosquito nets, one of the most important exporters of mosquito nets in Africa today.
Preparations for a future support programme are currently under way to ensure long-term malaria prevention by means of mosquito nets and to develop more efficient methods of diagnosing and treating the disease.
Securing long-term prevention, ensuring widespread treatment
The final phase of the project will concentrate on securing long-term malaria prevention through the distribution and use of mosquito nets and through a more efficient diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The Tanzanian government and partners of the NetCell project have agreed on a “keep up strategy” to ensure that mosquito nets are also widely distributed in rural areas. A new distribution campaign will also be launched, this time targeted at primary and secondary schools.
The project in brief
Country / Region
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Malaria is endemic throughout the year in almost all regions of Tanza-nia, and presents not only a great health risk to the people of Tanzania, but also an economic risk. According to estimates, more than 60,000 people die from malaria in Tanzania every year, of whom 80% are children younger than five.
Reducing the prevalence of malaria and child mortality through prevention with treated mosquito nets
The entire population of Tanzania, in particular pregnant women and chil-dren younger than five
CHF 7.7 million since 2002
2002 - 2012
East and Southern Africa Division
Additional Information and Documents
- Malaria Journal 2011
Design, implementation and evaluation of a national campaign to distribute nine million free LLINs to children under five years of age in Tanzania
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- Malaria Journal 2013
Design, implementation and evaluation of a national campaign to deliver 18 million free long-lasting insecticidal nets to uncovered sleeping spaces in Tanzania
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- National HIV/AIDS and Malaria Indicator Survey 2011-2012 of Tansania
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- World Malaria Day 2013: Winning entries in online photo contest bring importance of prevention into sharp relief
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