We proudly produce nets in Nigeria, a country that carries almost 30% of the global malaria burden. In 2017 we opened a long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) manufacturing facility in Aba, as part of our commitment to localize production in malarious regions. The production, a partnership with our contracted manufacturer, Rosie’s Textiles Ltd., is part of our ‘DawaPlus: Made in Africa’ program that aims to foment local development by providing local employment.
Our commitment to localize production through our ‘DawaPlus: Made in Africa’ project was recently awarded the Distinction in Local Development and Empowerment in Malaria Programming. The award was presented by GBC Health’s Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA), alongside the Private Sector Malaria Prevention Project (PSMP), UK Aid and the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ghana Health Services, during the West Africa Regional Malaria Safe Awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
“Local empowerment means local incentives to make the fight against malaria sustainable and winnable,” stated Rune Bosselmann, Director at TANA Netting.
Our facility in Nigeria operates on a cut-to-pack principle, whereby treated LLIN material is shipped in bulk to Aba from our manufacturing base in Pakistan, H. Sheikh Noor-ud-Din & Sons. It is then locally cut, sewn, packed, stored and distributed to beneficiaries in the country. This allows us to meet specific local needs more responsively and effectively while retaining control of the core processes such as chemical treatment through our engineers and laboratories.
Our Nigerian factory is a player in the local LLIN market, which the Nigerian Ministry of Health estimates to be in excess of 30 million nets each year. 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.
Mr. Bosselmann explains the importance of this collaboration that was launched in 2017: “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.”