In 2019, Ministry of Health tasked NMS to handle the procurement, storage and transportation of the mosquito nets because of its capacity to reach the entire country.
He noted that the donor was initially skeptical about the capacity and ability of NMS to deliver the project.
Medical Stores-NMS has completed the distribution of 28.4 million long-lasting insecticide
treated mosquito nets across the country.
were distributed to 2,051 sub-counties in the 8 months long
campaign. In 2019, the Ministry of Health tasked NMS to handle the procurement,
storage and transportation of the mosquito nets because of its capacity to reach
the entire country.
The entire exercise cost Shillings 446.8 billion (US$ 120
Million) provided by the Global Fund and the United States government. The Against
Malaria Foundation donated US$ 13 million for the campaign.
Shaun Walsh, the Program Manager at Against Malaria Foundation, lauded NMS for
executing the project in a transparent and efficient manner. He noted that the
donor was initially skeptical about the capacity and ability of NMS to deliver
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Dr. Henry Katamba, the Global Fund representative concurred with Walsh, saying
that as donors they did not trust the government to execute the campaign.
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Health Ministry officials led by the Permanent Secretary, Dr.
Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary and Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the Manager of the
malaria control Programme said NMS has proved that the national distribution
system is functional and effective. According to Atwine, donors initially expressed several reservations
regarding NMS handling the exercise.
She, however, said that she is happy that
NMS developed an ICT system that donors and other stakeholders could use to
track mosquito nets from their warehouses to sub-county offices and to the
recipients at the household level.
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Dr. Opigo says that the donors were skeptical because the previous distribution
campaigns held in 2013 and 2017 were conducted by private companies. 21.5 million Nets and 26 million nets were
distributed in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
He says the two campaigns resulted in the reduction of
national malaria prevalence from 17percent in 2015 to 9 per cent in 2019. However, Dr. Opigo says the two campaigns were
expensive and burdensome because they involved several people.
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Katamba says donors learnt from the previous campaigns that
they were unfit to distribute mosquito nets. He recalled the hurdles donors
faced in the previous campaigns, which involved seeking clearance for trucks
impounded by police or at weighbridges among others.
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The NMS General Manager, Moses Kamabare says the agency was under immense
pressure to deliver and he is happy that all stakeholders including the donors
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He says NMS put up systems to cure problems that donors faced in the past such
as loss of mosquito nets and poor coordination between distributors and
For instance, NMS
ensured security officers escorted the trucks and the teams also gave advance
notice to sub-county leaders and internal auditors among other officials before
they set off from NMS warehouses in Entebbe.
He explains that the donors gave an excess of 400,000 mosquito nets based
on their past experiences. They gave NMS 28.8 million nets yet it was
supposed to distribute 28.4 million nets. Kamabare says the excess nets are
in NMS warehouses and awaiting a decision from the ministry where to deliver
The next nationwide campaign is expected to take place after