The Cameroonian government noted, in a recent report, a low level of cooperation from the population in the fight against malaria. According to official statistics, nearly 42% of people who received long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) do not use them.
On the sidelines of the International Malaria Day, celebrated today, the Minister of Public Health called on the population to get more involved in the fight. He announced that the 4th LLIN distribution campaign (2022-2023) is already underway throughout the country.
For this year, the plan is to distribute more than 16,756,200 million nets, compared to about 11,206,941 in 2022. “The coverage rates are globally around 100%... Since 2022, phases 1 and 2 of the 4th campaign have been implemented in 6 regions (Adamaoua East, Far North, Littoral, North, and West). The third phase (Central region, North-West, South and South-West) is currently being prepared," the government report said.
Based on the stats, the South-West region has the lowest distribution rate: a little more than 500,000 nets distributed, while the Far North has already benefited from more than 3 million nets. The health minister indicated that 76% of pregnant women who attended antenatal clinics in 2022 received a LLIN, for a total of 580,003 nets distributed. "Distribution to children under the Expanded Program on Immunization is in its early stages," he added.