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New Nets Save Lives: 13 Million Malaria Cases Averted in Africa

The New Nets Project

Millions of lives have been saved in Africa thanks to a new type of mosquito net!

Researchers have developed "dual-insecticide" nets that are more effective against malaria-carrying mosquitos than ever before.

Here's the good news

  • 13 million malaria cases prevented: In 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, 56 million of these new nets were distributed. This incredible effort is estimated to have prevented a staggering 13 million cases of malaria and saved 24,600 lives!

  • Combating resistance: Mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the insecticides used in standard nets. These new nets combine two different insecticides, making it much harder for mosquitos to develop resistance.

  • Cost-effective: While the nets have a slightly higher upfront cost, they can actually save health systems money in the long run. Studies show a potential savings of $28.9 million due to fewer malaria cases.

How did they do it?

  • Innovation: The New Nets Project, funded by Unitaid and the Global Fund, led the development and distribution of these new nets.

  • Partnership: This success story is a great example of collaboration. Many organizations including WHO, BASF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation all played a part.

  • Market Shaping: To ensure affordability and access, efforts were made to increase supply and demand for the nets.

The fight against malaria continues! Researchers are developing even more tools and interventions. With continued investment and collaboration, we can keep saving lives and move closer to ending malaria for good.

Want to learn more?

You can find the full story (available in multiple languages) on the Global Fund website.