The Journey of a Malaria Bed Net

A behind the scenes look at how bed nets are saving lives in Madagascar — even in hard-to-reach places

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USAID
Apr 25, 2019 · 5 min read
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A Malagasy man clings to the side of a truck delivering life-saving bed nets to communities at risk of malaria. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management
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Malagasy men load malaria bed nets onto a cart in preparation for distribution. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management

That’s why in 2018, PMI and the Global Fund set out to distribute 13 million nets across Madagascar.

These nets needed to reach 7,701 distribution sites in 106 different districts. Physically reaching these sites, however, was much more challenging than it may seem. Take Boriziny-Vaovao, for example. Located in the Sofia Region of western Madagascar, it is one of the 106 districts in the country and itself has over 100 distribution sites.

Let’s follow the journey of a bed net in Madagascar to find out.

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Bed nets are off-loaded from trucks into a warehouse in Antananarivo. / Anne Daugherty, USAID Madagascar
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A truck carrying nets travels on an accessible road in Madagascar. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management
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Zebu pull carts loaded with malaria nets were used on less accessible roads. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management
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Malaria nets are placed onto pirogues to be transported across a river. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management
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Malaria nets are carried by back during the final leg of the delivery journey. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management

When communities have the resources and support to empower themselves, they can achieve self-reliance. Bed nets allow people to focus less on fears of malaria and more on the health, education, and economic development of their families, communities, and future generations.

“We are very happy to receive the nets,” says Florentine, a beneficiary from Boriziny. “Sleeping under nets allows us to stay healthy and perform our daily activities. Children can go to school and continue studying.”

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Florentine, a beneficiary from Boriziny, unfolds her newly delivered insecticide-treated bed net. / Lan Andrian, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement and Supply Management

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