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Kenya Launches Mass Net Distribution Campaign to Intensify Malaria Elimination Efforts

Homabay, Wednesday November 15, 2023 In a strategic move to bolster the battle against malaria, Kenya has officially launched the Mass Net Distribution Campaign, a significant initiative aimed at reducing malaria prevalence and improving public health nationwide.

This strategic initiative, spanning 22 high-risk malaria counties, aligns with WHO recommendations and employs a digitalized process for efficient distribution of 15.3 million Long-Lasting Insecticidal Mosquito Nets

The launch was presided over by Ms. Mary M. Muriuki, HSC, Principal Secretary for the State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards, and Homabay Governor Gladys Wanga, emphasizing .the collective responsibility in malaria elimination. 

Kenya has achieved commendable progress over the years, witnessing a substantial reduction in malaria prevalence from 8% in 2015 to 6% in 2020, as indicated by the Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey.

The Mass Net Distribution Campaign introduces an innovative digitalized process to enhance efficiency and accountability in net distribution. This approach aligns with the recently launched Universal Health Coverage program, emphasizing Digital Health, Human Resources for Health, Healthcare Financing, and Commodity Security.

A key component of the campaign involves deploying 100,000 Community Health Promoters (CHPs) strategically within communities. Their role is crucial in monitoring the proper utilization of distributed nets, underscoring the importance of community engagement and grassroots healthcare delivery in the fight against malaria.