70 million bed nets distributed in Africa in 12 months

children under mosquito net

children under mosquito net

70 million bed nets have been distributed in Africa in the last year, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

This brings the total number of bed nets distributed since 2003 to 190 million.

Their use has contributed to a decline in malaria by 50% in countries like Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Rwanda.

Daniel Low-Beer, the Global Fund's Director of Communications, says nets have changed the dynamic in the countries affected.

"They now see that they have the means to fight malaria. They have the technologies, some of the resources, some of the support from our many partners which are needed to do this. So I think something has changed in the countries most affected there is this level of ambition which is now coming through in the concrete results that we are seeing."

The challenges going forward, says Low-Beer, is to sustain the number of bed nets which need to be replaced in five years.

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