A new effort to fight malaria in Uganda has been announced today to coincide with the Africa Malaria Day celebrations.
An international healthcare organization, Malaria No More, says in a news statement that it has partnered with the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative to distribute 570,000 insecticide-treated bed nets in Uganda. Malaria kills as many as 110,000 Ugandans every year. It is the leading cause of morbidity and death in Uganda.
Malaria No More says it is hoped the distribution will bring household ownership of insecticide-treated nets to 50 percent in the country.
Ray Chambers, co-chairman of Malaria No More says the bed net distributions were made possible by individuals, civic groups and corporations in the United States. He says Barclays Bank contributed 50,000 dollars for the bed nets.
Nick Mbuvi, Managing Director of Barclays Bank Uganda, says Barclays is committed to strengthening the local communities in which we live and operate through combating disease with Malaria No More.
Insecticide treated bed nets are accepted as one of the most cost-effective malaria prevention measures, since the female Anopheles mosquito that transmits malaria, bites only at night. The bed nets have been shown to reduce severe disease and mortality due to malaria in endemic regions.
In community-wide trials in several African settings, insecticide treated bed nets have been shown to reduce mortality by about 20 percent.