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Madagascar: Distribution of more than 6 million insecticide-treated nets of lasting effect

The campaign of distribution of insecticide-treated nets of lasting effect (MID) began on Monday in the Moramanga district in the East of Madagascar.

The Minister of Health Kali Ndahimananjara thus moved to the sides of the various actors in the fight against malaria in the island for the official launch of the operation.

61 Malagasy districts will thus be affected by this wide distribution with an endowment of more than 6 million insecticide-treated nets of lasting effect.

In the district of Moramanga, 150,000 kits were donated to more than 328.000 inhabitants. 59,000 children aged less than five years and 14,200 pregnant women received their nets.
"For years, Madagascar spares no efforts to fight against malaria and several strategies are used. The use of the MID is one of effective prevention strategies. Households must own and all members of the family must sleep under the MID nightly and throughout the year," said Health Minister Kali Ndahimananjara.

As a reminder, Madagascar has funded to the tune of 29.5 million euro combating malaria between 2007 and 2011.
 A consistent effort and that was beneficial for Malagasy households that are now equipped with 80% at least a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide of lasting effect per household.
According to official figures from the Ministry of Health, Malaria in Madagascar between 2009 and 2011 declined from the first to the eighth rank for medical consultations and the second to the fifth position in terms of direct mortality, as related by the site midi

Antso Rajaona

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