Thanks to overwhelming global support, Tanzania’s “universal coverage” mosquito net campaign is fully funded and scheduled to begin in October 2010, following the country’s successful “under-five” campaign. With these campaigns, Tanzania is on track to achieving “universal coverage” of mosquito nets, ensuring that every person at risk of malaria receives a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LLIN) to keep them safe from the disease. To complement the “universal mosquito net coverage” effort, Malaria No More is working with partners including the Mennonite Economic Development Associates to ensure that pregnant women and children have access to life-saving mosquito nets on an ongoing basis through a unique LLIN voucher program.
Donations through Global Giving will be invested with support from other generous Malaria No More donors to contribute over $60,000 to help fund a program whereby vouchers, redeemable to support the purchase of LLINs, are distributed to mothers during clinic visits. Global Giving funds will specifically support vouchers for children under the age of five. This effort is hoped to make a significant impact in reducing overall child mortality.
It is particularly exciting to see Tanzania, a large and influential East African country, whose president also happens to be the current president of the newly-formed African Leaders Malaria Alliance, make such a strong commitment to ending malaria deaths. As we continue to support these efforts, thanks to the generous support of donors like you, not only are we helping Tanzanians protect themselves from malaria, we are also helping the country to set an example of success and encourage other African countries to join the malaria fight.
Exciting progress has been made on Malaria No More's mosquito net distributions in Tanzania, and we're delighted to provide GlobalGiving users with this update on all of the new developments.
In September 2009, Ray Chambers, MNM co-founder and the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria, and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete convened the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, a coalition of 26 heads of state dedicated to ending deaths from the disease. This remarkable initiative gained even more support when 20 African Heads of State agreed to support mechanisms to accelerate the procurement, production and delivery of malaria commodities, giving universal coverage of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) by December 31, 2010 immediate priority.
Tanzania's leadership in and commitment to the fight to end malaria deaths has placed the country on track to be one of the first and largest African countries to achieve universal coverage of mosquito nets. Despite some delays in distribution, Malaria No More and its partners continue to work to achieve this east African country's ambitious - but achievable - goal of covering every Tanzanian with a net.
Net distributions in Tanzania received an enormous boost early this year thanks to the February 2010 launch of the ZINDUKA! initiative, which means "Wake up!" in Swahili. The nationwide campaign, promoted by high-profile Tanzanian pop stars and President Kikwete himself, works in tandem with the country's "Malaria Haikubaliki" campaign, a reminder to Tanzanians that "Malaria is not acceptable." Together, the advocacy and mosquito net distributions being conducted by Malaria No More and its partners on the ground both encourage and empower Tanzanians to take personal responsibility for releasing their country from the deadly grip of malaria.
Tanzania continues to make bold strides to achieve its goal of universal coverage of mosquito nets by the end of 2010. Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, highlighted the country's progress in setting a "gold standard" in reducing malaria deaths during her speech commemorating World Malaria Day 2010. Malaria No More's on-going net distributions, and GlobalGiving users' crucial donations, continue to support Tanzania's continued progress in achieving universal coverage and ending malaria deaths.
Malaria No More is thrilled to partner with Global Giving to fight malaria in Tanzania. Through the generosity of our donors, enough funds have been raised to distribute almost 1,000 bed nets to women and children at risk of malaria.
In Tanzania, around 93% of the mainland population is at risk of infection, and malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age, accounting for 36% of all deaths. But it doesn't have to be this way. Insecticide-treated bed nets, which protect people from mosquitoes at night when risk of infection is highest, are proven and effective malaria prevention tools. Bed nets have helped several African countries slash malaria deaths and illness by more than 50%.
Malaria No More is using funds from Global Giving donors to help the country of Tanzania close in on the United Nations Secretary-General's call to achieve universal bed net coverage by 2010. The country aims to distribute over seven million nets and achieve universal coverage of the under-five population, one of the groups most at-risk for infection.
Bed nets are currently being procured and distribution is expected to begin in September 2008.
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