Cameroon steps up fights against Malaria, more than 16M Mosquito nets to be distributed

Three kinds of Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs) will be distributed during the campaign; Standard LLINs, LLINS + PBO and New generation LLINS

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Mosquito nets are currently being distributed in the North region of Cameroon. It is its fourth national campaign for free distribution of LLINS

Cameroon has intensified the fight against malaria with more than sixteen (16) million long-lasting insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs) will be distributed in the country from June 2022 to September 2023.

A total of 16,756,200 (Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs ) will be distributed to an estimated population of 27,740,035 across the country from June 2022- September 2023.

Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda Malachie in a press conference on June 21 in Yaoundé said a total of 16, 756, 200 (Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets  (LLINs) will be distributed to Cameroonians.

The Minister of Public Health added that his Ministry wants to ensure that 80% of Cameroonians sleep under Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs) from June 2022- September 2023. Mosquito nets are currently being distributed in the North region of Cameroon. It is the fourth national campaign for free distribution of LLINS launched in the region on June 5, 2022, the national broadcaster, CRTV reported.

The distribution of these Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets has been stratified into three phases with the first Phase 1 taking place in the Adamawa and North Regions from June -July 2022. The second phase will target the East, West, and Littoral regions in September 2022. While the last phase (Phase 3) covers the Centre, South, North West and South West in September 2023

The bed nets were jointly financed by the government of Cameroon (3,634,300 LLINS) and the Global Fund (13,121,900 LLINS). Mosquito bed nets are distributed in Cameroon every 3-4 years. The nets are also routinely distributed to pregnant women all year long.

Minister Manaouda Malachie says his Ministry wants 80% of Cameroonians to sleep under Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets from June 2022-September 2023

A total of 8,654, 731 LLINs were distributed in Cameroon in (2011), 11,761972 between 2015 and 2016, and 10,440,128 in 2019. According to the Public Health Minister, LLINs have reduced 60% of deaths in the world within the last 10 years. The nets are known to be the cheapest and most reliable way to fight the spread of Malaria.

In terms of the Regional Distributions LLINs will be distributed across the 10 regions of the country as follows: Adamawa (860,850); Centre (3,104,700); East (736,550); Far North (3,020,750); Littoral (2,555,400); North (1,877,850) North West (1,476,500); South (529,600); South West (1,220, 700) and West (1,373,300).

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