The following report was submitted by Dr. Mark Young for more information on how you can help please contact us.
What is being done?
Ghana are planning the integration of LLINs into the measles-polio-VAC campaign in Nov/06. At this point there are about 2,000,000 LLINs that will be available through UNICEF-Ghana, primarily with DFID funding, and these would be provided to all children under 2 years of age. There is a possibility of more money being available to increase the number of nets.
One of the major issues in Ghana is the integration of the private sector into the net distribution during the campaign, as there are a number of suppliers active in certain parts of the country which are using a "voucher scheme" for distribution of subsidized LLINs to pregnant women via ANC. At this point, plans are still being developed, but it is likely that a "modified voucher scheme" will be utilized in areas/regions where the commercial sector is active in ITNs, and direct ITN distribution in other (particular northern, deprived) areas.
We are looking for some assistance with information on how other countries have integrated the private sector into the mass distribution for the measles campaign - if there are any particular lessons learned or strategies that can be shared.
Dr. Mark W. Young
Chief, Health and Nutrition
Contact details in Ghana
The country rep for Ghana is Rtn. Eric Defor Secretary of Ghana Rotary Malaria Committee (GRMC)