Product innovation: Battling malaria and neglected tropical diseases

TANA Netting, part of NRS International, has long been committed to improving people’s lives by fighting malaria and other vector-borne diseases. By manufacturing more than 38 million DawaPlus® 2.0 long-lasting insecticidal nets each year in our family-run factory, we have made a significant contribution to the dramatic decline in the global burden of malaria. Our treated nets act as a protective barrier around the people sleeping under them, with the insecticide both killing and repelling mosquitoes. Yet we recognise that continued innovation and collaboration is required.

Introducing our DawaPlus® Canopy Hammock

To maintain and increase the efficacy of our tools, we work closely with academia, NGOs, foundations, ministries of education and beneficiaries . This has led to the introduction of new solutions for increased effectiveness in certain contexts. A good example of this approach is our recently-introduced DawaPlus® Canopy Hammock.

The DawaPlus® Canopy Hammock is specifically designed to reduce malaria transmission in the remote forests of the Greater Mekong Subregion. The hammock is fitted with our WHOPES-recommended DawaPlus® 2.0 LLIN fabric to prevent bites from mosquitoes and other insects. This newest addition to our range of DawaPlus® products addresses artemisinin resistance amongst loggers in the deep forests of the region. We partnered with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, and communities in the Mekong Delta (Cambodia and Vietnam), to develop an innovative, fit-for-purpose hammock with an integrated LLIN.

The new Canopy Hammock maximizes the users’ sense of space by suspending the fabric above the hammock. Distinct insulation zones provide comfort in all weathers, while a separate rainfly protects against rain and wind and serves to add privacy. The hammock can also be converted into a small tent for use in cleared fields.

The hammocks have now been deployed all across the Greater Mekong region with a high user acceptance of 94.6%. This is just one example that has served as a catalyst for progress in the humanitarian supply industry, and will improve the lives of people affected by disasters.

Below you find whiteboard video produced by the Global Fund’s Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI), which explains why it is important to achieve the elimination of the most dangerous type of malaria from five countries by 2025.

To know more about the DawaPlus® Canopy Hammock technical specifications and product features, click here.