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The United States government has provided Zimbabwe with 1.785 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in for distribution to communities at risk of malaria, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) says.

Zimbabwe's National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) distributed the nets, which were delivered in August and September in time ahead of the annual seasonal malaria transmission peak period witnessed during the rainy season.

In a media statement Wednesday, USAID mission director Stephanie Funk said the programme was vital in the reduction in cases of malaria in the country. "Ensuring that communities have access to long lasting insecticides is a critical component of USAID's work to reduce malaria prevalence in Zimbabwe," she said.

"The nets we distributed will reduce malaria transmission by protecting the people sleeping under them as well as reducing the number of mosquitoes."

The joint efforts of the NMCP, USAID and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) have contributed to substantial progress in Zimbabwe.

According to USAID, reported cases of malaria decreased from 1.8 million in 2006 to less than 392,000 in 2015, a 73 per cent reduction.

Malaria is the third leading cause of illness and death in Zimbabwe, with over half of the population living in high risk areas. Since 2008, USAID has provided approximately 90 million US dollars in assistance to prevent and treat malaria in Zimbabwe and has provided the NMCP with technical

assistance to implement indoor residual spraying of homes in high burden areas with organo-phosphate insecticide to protect an estimated 350 000 people from malaria each year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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