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Utilizing Technology and Free Nets to Intensify Malaria Eradication Efforts

Utilizing Technology and Free Nets to Intensify Malaria Eradication Efforts

In a strategic shift towards eradicating malaria, the government, in collaboration with the Global Fund, has introduced innovative digital technology to facilitate the distribution of free mosquito nets across 22 counties in Kenya.

In a concerted effort to combat malaria and bring down disease prevalence rates to zero, the government, with support from its partners, is adopting a new approach that leverages digital technology and free mosquito net distribution. This initiative, spearheaded by the Global Fund and implemented across 22 counties in Kenya, represents a significant step forward in the ongoing fight against malaria.

Addressing stakeholders at a sensitization workshop on malaria in Kitale, Mass Nets Coordinator Franklin Buju outlined the key aspects of this innovative approach. He emphasized that the utilization of digital technology in the distribution process aims to ensure the effective and transparent allocation of mosquito nets to targeted households.

Buju revealed that beneficiaries of the program, which commenced in August 2023, will now be required to register digitally to receive their mosquito nets. This digital registration process, facilitated through USSD code *358#, aims to enhance transparency and prevent irregularities that were previously associated with manual registration methods.

Furthermore, Buju highlighted the introduction of electronic payment systems for facilitation costs to campaign teams, streamlining the disbursement of funds and ensuring timely payments. This transition from manual to electronic payment methods is expected to expedite the payment process, with campaign teams receiving their dues within a significantly shorter timeframe.

Trans Nzoia County, identified as one of the beneficiary counties due to its malaria prevalence rate of 20 percent, is set to benefit from this initiative. Julius Mutinda, the County Malaria Control Coordinator, outlined the upcoming activities, including health worker trainings on malaria control and the registration and distribution of mosquito nets across the county.

The involvement of various stakeholders, including National Government Administrative Officers, Faith-Based Organizations, the Media, and county government officers, underscores the collaborative nature of this initiative. By harnessing technology and leveraging partnerships, Kenya aims to intensify its efforts towards eradicating malaria and ensuring a healthier future for its citizens.

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