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, has awarded TANA Netting with the ‘Distinction in Local Development and Empowerment’ under the Social Good Distinction in Malaria Programming category. The recognition was for TANA Netting’s ‘DawaPlus: Made in Africa’ project which exemplifies the powerful impact that the private sector has on malaria control.
“Local empowerment means local incentives to make the fight against malaria sustainable and winnable,” stated Rune Bosselmann, Director at TANA Netting.
The award was presented to TANA Netting during the West Africa Regional Malaria Safe Awards ceremony at the Royal Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana, on 5 April. Ghana’s First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo was the event’s keynote speaker.
“For more than a decade GBC Health has been presenting awards to companies that exemplify a spirit of innovation and seek to address today’s most critical global health challenges. Each of these companies is demonstrating through action what true leadership looks like when it comes to serving their employees and communities,” Nancy Wildfeir-Field, GBC Health president, was quoted by Vanguard Nigeria News as saying.
“Because malaria is both a disease of poverty and a cause of poverty in the West Africa region, I commend private sector organizations within the West Africa sub region, who have taken steps to help control this disease, by protecting their employees and communities,” according to First Lady Akufo-Addo. She added that taking the necessary steps to vigorously fight malaria will have positive implications for human development and business and economic growth on the African continent.
The ‘DawaPlus: Made in Africa’ project
TANA Netting’s “DawaPlus: Made in Africa” program places labor-intensive processes of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) production to African countries. In 2017, the project delivered its first batch of LLIN to Nigeria made at Rosie’s Textile, Aba, Nigeria. The aim of the project is to maximize the developmental potential of donor funds by also creating immediate societal benefits, particularly, local employment.
Secondly, local production will mean governments will invest locally rather than in imports when taking over a bigger chunk of the financial burden of malaria commodities procurement, investing not only in better health but also directly in their own economies. This will help ensure the sustainability of the malaria control campaign and manufacturing in accordance with local needs.
As of today, close to 1 million people sleep safer under TANA Netting’s DawaPlus® LLINs made in Africa. We aspire to scale this up to meet the total need for locally manufactured LLINs.
Localizing production in malarious regions
We opened a LLIN manufacturing facility in Aba, Nigeria, as part of our commitment to localize production in malarious regions. The facility was established in partnership with our contracted manufacturer in Nigeria, Rosie’s Textiles Ltd. Our main objectives with the initiative are:
- Maximize donor’s representation on development initiatives, aligned with the New Way of Working (NWOW) concept for humanitarian and development collaboration;
- Foment local development by providing employment and job skills opportunities in malaria-stricken areas;
- Technology transfer to empower local industry with world class capabilities;
- Reduce the overall financial burden from governments and aid agencies when procuring malaria commodities by maximizing logistics, instead of importing them, and by creating local value-adding businesses;
- Encourage local ownership on crisis response by providing a Nigerian-made product to Nigeria people; and
- Create a platform for local production and technology transfer that can be rolled out in any country where feasible.
LLIN production facility in Aba, Nigeria
Our LLIN manufacturing facility in Aba currently employs 400 people, now trained in finished WHO pre-qualified LLIN. The production covers the “cut-to-pack” stages of LLIN making, since the chemical treatment process is retained in Pakistan. This allows us to maintain strict control over the critical chemical processes and core intellectual property while placing most of the employment in Nigeria – over 85% of labour needed to make LLINs lies on the cutting, sewing and packing stages.
The production of LLIN in Aba is fully compliant with Nigerian Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) requirements and the site is listed with the World Health Organization PQ as part of the TANA Netting site master file for the production of DawaPlus® 2.0. The site has also been audited by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for social and environmental compliance with their requirements.
Measuring the impact
In 2017, the Aba facility has delivered close to 500,000 LLINs to programs overseen by the Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMPE) and to a private NGO, being:
- 425,000 LLINs on behalf of The Global Fund/IDA, and;
- 10,000 LLINs to the United Methodist Church.
In Nigeria, the rate of impact of malaria nets is 1:2, and therefore; our local production has reached close to 1 million people in less than a year operative.
CAMA is a GBCHealth-led initiative to drive partnerships for malaria control and elimination. Launched by Marathon Oil in 2006, the Alliance is a unique coalition of companies from various industries, all with business interests in Africa. CAMA channels the collective force and voice of the private sector to drive impact on malaria in Africa from workplaces to region-wide initiatives.
GBCHealth is dedicated to leveraging the resources and expertise of the private sector to meet today’s most pressing health challenges. Founded in 2001, under the leadership of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, GBCHealth has built a strong track record of mobilizing business action to address workplace and community health issues. Today, the organization works with a network of more than 300 organizations globally to drive collective action in areas of greatest need.