On World Malaria Day, with Médecins sans Frontières reporting a crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has seen an upsurge of cases of the disease overwhelm the available response (see MSF’s account here), and general concern about the rise of resistance to antimalarials and the shrinking of resources, here is a bit of hopeful news. A new report from the Results for Development Institute suggests there are ways to save and reinvest badly needed funds, by getting better value for money out of the bednets distributed in endemic areas.
Over the next five years, say author Kanika Bahl and colleagues, smarter purchasing strategies could save an amazing $630m. That’s not for sending back to generous donor nations, of course. It could be used to buy 150m more bednets, protecting 300 million people from the mosquitoes that spread the disease.
Until now, in the rush to get enough long-lasting insecticide-impregnated bednets to enough people, there has been no careful thinking about the sorts of nets that work best. S
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