With approximately 700,000 deaths annually, vector-borne diseases including malaria, place an incredible burden on health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Among vector-borne diseases, malaria is the biggest killer with approximately 405,000 deaths every year (WHO, 2018). Despite being preventable and treatable, malaria threatens the lives of 3.2 billion people globally - nearly half of the world's population. 91% of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, children under the age of five accounted for 67% of all malaria deaths in 2018, making them a specific vulnerable group (Global Fund, 2019).
In countries where malaria is endemic, prevention is an important component of vector control. As a selected Procurement Services Agent (PSA) for the Global Fund under the Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM), IDA Foundation is supplying Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) to prevent malaria in vulnerable groups. LLINs and IRS are seen as two important Vector Control measures that protect humans from the mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites.
Since 2013, IDA Foundation has procured over 600 million LLINs, serving an estimated 1.2 billion people in 52 countries.