In Togo, nearly 6.5 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) will be distributed throughout the country to fight malaria.
This marks the continuation of the country’s policy to fight the disease, which is endemic throughout the subtropical zone.
While the chronogram of the distribution campaign has not been published yet, it is the fourth of its kind.
The project aligns with recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). “WHO recommends the renewal of nets every three years. Because the insecticide that is impregnated in the net has a lifespan of three years, the net deteriorates afterward,” says Dr. Tinah Atcha-Oubou, Coordinator of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).
“In 2017, we carried out a campaign and as we are now in 2020, we want to meet this three-year rendezvous,” she added.
Overall, the distribution campaign is part of a broader project aimed at combating tropical diseases and tackling other public health issues. In this regard, it should be recalled that Togo was recently recognized by the WHO for having completely eradicated Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) or “sleeping sickness.”