TANA Netting has opened a long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) manufacturing facility in Aba, Nigeria, as part of its commitment to localise production in malarious regions. The facility was established in partnership with TANA Netting’s contracted manufacturer in Nigeria, Rosie’s Textiles Ltd.
Production of LLINs has already started, and the first batch of locally produced nets were handed over to the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole. This took place at a ceremony held in Abuja to mark World Malaria Day on 25 April. During the event, Professor Adewole emphasised that there was a good market for the product in the country, and stressed that Nigeria needs at least 30 million nets annually.
“Made in Nigeria” long-lasting insecticidal nets have been placed at the heart of the Federal Ministry of Health’s strategy to eliminate malaria in the country, and this new manufacturing operation makes a significant contribution to the achievement of this goal. It also gives the local community access to valuable employment opportunities, and the workforce has the chance to learn important transferable skills that can improve future career prospects.
The new factory will operate on a cut-to-pack principle, whereby treated LLIN material is shipped in bulk to Nigeria from TANA Netting’s manufacturing base in Lahore, Pakistan. It will then locally be cut, sewn packed, stored and distributed to beneficiaries in the country. This allows specific local needs to be met more responsively and effectively while retaining control of the core process of chemical treatment with Tana’s engineers and laboratory.
Rune Bosselmann, Director of TANA Netting, said: “This partnership allows us to deliver on our promise to produce high quality mosquito nets locally, fight malaria, ensure to maximize the development potential of aid funds by also providing local employment and technology transfer. I’d like to thank our partners who helped us to launch this project, particularly Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme and the Malaria Consortium, without whose technical assistance this project may never have gotten off the ground. Also a thanks to The Global Fund for the opportunity to hit the ground running, and to our local partners Prezzo Shed Investment and Chief Nnamdi at Rosie’s Textiles.”