Uganda is conducting the third universal campaign for distribution of mosquito nets. The campaign dubbed “Under the Net” will see the distribution of 27.5 million long lasting insecticide treated nets throughout the country.
The campaign which is aimed at increasing access and ownership of nets in communities across the country will cost 120 million dollars.
This was revealed by Minister of State for Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu while speaking to reporters at Uganda Media Center on Tuesday.
“The overall cost of this campaign is 120 million dollars. Under the campaign, a total of 15 million nets were procured with funding from Global Fund, 12 million nets from AMF while the US President’s malaria initiative has provided logistical support for the campaign,” said Minister Kaducu.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Kaducu said Government has procured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth 3 million dollars to ensure protection of the distribution teams against COVID-19.
“The campaign will be door to door distribution and will not encourage gatherings at a specific point as was in earlier campaigns,” said Kaducu.
Registration of households and distribution of mosquito nets will take one week per wave and will be conducted door to door.
All trainings, advocacy meetings and launches pertaining the Under the Net campaign, Kaducu said will be digital and scientific.
Starting Friday 10th July 2020, 25 districts will be covered under wave 1 and these include Alebtong, Amorata, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bukwo, Bulambuli, Butaleja, Butebo, Dokolo, Kaberamaido, Kalaki, Kapchorwa, Kibuku, Kween, Lira, Mbale, Namisindwa, Namutumba, Otuke, Palisa, Serere, Sironko, Soroti and Tororo.
Wave 2 of mosquito net distribution will take place between July and August and will cover 38 districts. These include Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Kiboga, Kyotera, Kyankwanzi, Luweero, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Masaka, Mityana, Mpigi, Nakaseke, Buhweju, Bushenyi, Bunyangabu, Isingiro, Kabale, Rubanda, Kabalore, Kanungu, Kasese, Kakumiro, Kiruhura, Kisoro, Kyenjojo, Mbarara, Mitooma, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Rukiga, Sheema, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko, Kalangala, Rwampara, Kitagwenda and Kazo.
Wave 3 will cover districts of Kampala and Wakiso and will take place between August and September.
Wave 4 will take place between September and October and will cover 18 districts of Hoima, Ibanda, Kamwenge, Kibaale, Kagadi, Kikuube, Kyegegwa, Buikwe, Butambala, Buvuma, Gomba, Kayunga, Kasanda, Mukono, Nakasongola Rakai, Sembabule and Mubende.
Wave 5 will take place between October and November and will cover 24 districts of Amuria, Bukedea, Katakwi, Kumi, Manafwa, Ngora, Arua, Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Apac, Gulu, Kitgum, Koboko, Kole, Lamwo, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Nwoya, Omoro, Oyam, Pakwach, Pader, Yumbe and Zombo.
Wave 6 which will be the last will take place between November and December and will cover 24 districts of Busia, Buyende, Iganga, Jinja, Kaliro, Kamuli, Kapelabyong, Kiryandongo, Kwania, Luuka, Masindi, Mayuge, Namayingo, Bulisa, Bugweri, Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotidi, Moroto, Nabiratuk, Kareng, Napak and Bugwere.
The Government has made significant improvement in the fight against malaria in the last decade.
According to malaria indicator survey 2018/19, the malaria prevalence reduced from 42% in 2009 to 19% in 2014 and now at 9.2%.
Despite the above improvement, malaria is still a disease of major concern. In Uganda malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and account for over 30% of outpatient visits and 20% of hospital admissions.
Pregnant women and children are the most affected.