12 Jul 2012

About a third of anti-malaria bed nets distributed in Burkina Faso in 2010 were mistakenly not treated with insecticide, the Global Fund has learned. The number of untreated bed nets is believed to be about two million (out of a mass distribution of 6.5 million bed nets through programmes supported by the Global Fund).

Untreated bed nets still give protection by preventing mosquitos from coming into contact with humans sleeping under them at night. However, untreated bed nets are not as effective at malaria prevention as insecticide-treated nets, which not only give personal protection but also kill the mosquitoes that touch them.

Not all of the bed nets purchased in 2010 were used for the mass distribution campaign. Some of them are still in storage. In an announcement on 1 June 2012, the Global Fund said that distribution of remaining bed nets in Burkina Faso has been suspended; that plans to procure and distribute replacement nets have been accelerated; and that more is being done to test the quality of bed nets before distribution.

Information for this article was taken from an announcement issued by the Global Fund.

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