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WHO UGANDA NEWS BULLETIN Volume 5 Issue 4: 20th February 2017

UGANDA LAUNCHES THE SECOND CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL COVERAGE OF LONG


LASTING INSECTICIDAL NETS

The Right Honourable Dr Ruhakana Rugunda flag- Dr Ruhakana Rugunda handing over a net to child at the
ging off the LLINs campaign. launch. Others are Minister of Health, the Acting WHO
Representative, the Acting Director General of Health and
Malaria control Manager.

U ganda launched the second universal


coverage campaign for Long Lasting
Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) with the aim of
malaria control interventions, in protecting
communities from malaria.
The launch of the second Long Lasting
reducing the overall malaria parasite prevalence Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) Universal Coverage
to below 7% nationally. Campaign today, marks yet another step on the
The campaign estimated to cost USD 120m, journey to the goal of malaria elimination said
including procurement of LLINs and distribution President Museveni in a speech read by the Prime
costs, was launched by the Prime Minister of the Minister. I wish to express my gratitude to the
Republic of Uganda The Right Honourable Dr Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Ruhakana Rugunda who represented President (GFATM), Against Malaria Foundation of the UK,
Yoweri Museveni at a colourful ceremony held in Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) of the United
Apac district, northern Uganda under the theme States, DFID and all partners that contributed to
Consistent use of LLINs. the 24 million mosquito nets whose distribution is
In the campaign, 24 million free LLINs will be starting today in Apac, and will scale up to the
distributed across the country targeting over 40 whole country in the next 5-6 months he added.
million people. The six months campaign will
enable government to provide one net for every The President urged Ugandans to use the nets
two registered people in each household as well as properly and not for catching fish, harvesting
educate communities on their consistent and Nswa (blind ants), tethering goats or sieving
effective use. Malwa as has been the case in some
The campaign follows a successful universal communities. He thus implored all local leaders
coverage campaign in 2013 and 2014 which saw to monitor and ensure that the nets are put to the
22 million nets distributed across the country correct use and used consistently.
contributing to a reduction in malaria parasite Universal coverage with LLINs is key pillar of
prevalence in Uganda from 42 to 19 percent. That Ugandas Uganda Malaria Reduction Strategic
reduction demonstrated the high effectiveness of Plan (UMRSP). In this plan, the country commits
LLINs alongside other recommended WHO to reducing annual malaria deaths from the 20131

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WHO UGANDA NEWS BULLETIN Volume 5 Issue 4: 20th February 2017

UGANDA LAUNCHES THE SECOND CAMPAIGN FOR UNIVERSAL COVERAGE OF LONG


LASTING INSECTICIDE-TREATED NETS

The acting WHO Representative Dr Manzila delivering a The Permanent Secretary MoH Dr Diana Atwine (L) and
speech on behalf of development partners. WHOs Dr Miriam Nanyunja (R) with other dignitaries
inspecting stalls at the launch.

According the Minister of Health, Dr Jane


Ruth Aceng, this national LLIN distribution towards reducing the burden of malaria in the
campaign directly responds to the UMRSP country at the recently concluded 28th African
strategic objective of achieving and sustaining Union Summit in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
protection of at least 85% of the population at However, he highlighted the need for the
risk through recommended malaria prevention country to do more to further reduce malaria
measures. Dr Aceng therefore called upon all as Uganda is still one of the high burden
Ugandans to ensure that all households are countries in Africa.
registered to receive LLINs and to turn up to Funding for the campaign has been mobilised
collect the LLINs on the distribution days. by the Government of Uganda, the Global
Fund to Fight Malaria, TB and HIV, Against
Speaking on behalf of the different Malaria Foundation, Department for
stakeholders supporting the Ministry of International Development (DFID) and the
Health in the LLIN mass distribution USAID/Presidents Malaria Initiative. The
campaign, the Acting WHO Country lead implementing partner is Malaria
Representative Dr Tarande Manzila called for Consortium. Others are UNICEF, PACE,
increased domestic financial resources to Communication for Health Communities,
sustain the gains being made and continuously UNBS, NDA and the Church of Uganda, with
make further progress towards malaria technical guidance from WHO.
elimination. He pledged the continued support
of the United Nations System in Uganda to The launch was also attended by the British
always stand by Uganda in its efforts to High Commissioner, a representative of the
attain a malaria free Uganda by 2030. Dr American Ambassador to Uganda, the Chief of
Manzila used the opportunity to congratulate Staff of GFATM, the team leader of PMI/
the Government of Uganda upon being Washington, members of parliaments, district
recognised for the steady progress so far made leaders and community members. 2

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