Deborah Zawedde Ssetyabule, the entrepreneurship centre manager says the Diocese has the capacity to produce 200 mosquito nets every day. But the production capacity can only be meaningful when there is a ready market for them, she adds.
A plan by Mukono Diocese to produce mosquito nets is on a standstill due to lack of market.
The Diocese advanced its plans of producing mosquito nets in 2018 through its Nakanyonyi entrepreneurship centre. It was mainly targeting the Church founded schools and higher institutions as its primary market.
Statistics at the office of the Diocesan Secretary show that there are over 3, 000 academic institutions under the Church of Uganda and other affiliated institutions. However, they had all stopped operations in the wake of the CIVID-19 pandemic which led to the closure of educational institutions in March.
Deborah Zawedde Ssetyabule, the entrepreneurship centre manager says the Diocese can produce 200 mosquito nets every day. But the production capacity can only be meaningful when there is a ready market for them, she adds.
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Mosquito nets have been fronted as the most effective interventions against malaria, one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Uganda bears a particularly large burden from the disease standing as the country with the sixth-highest number of Malaria deaths in Africa and the highest transmissions in the World. Malaria accounts for over 30 per cent of outpatient visits and 20 per cent of hospital admissions across the country.
The government recently unveiled a new “under the net” campaign, through which the government intends to distribute up to 27.5 million mosquito nets across the country, to enable residents to protect themselves against Malaria.
The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng examined the nets produced by the Diocese and confirmed that they are of good quality. “We are going to continue studying this project and see how the Church can be helped to acquire bigger market beyond its target,” Aceng said.
Other projects run by the Church include dairy and crop farming, production of face masks, cleric attires, embroidery and other vocational activities.