For Rose a mother of three, the health of her family is a priority. Malaria is prevalent and a threat to her children’s health. For this reason, her children have to be protected and need to sleep under an insecticide treated net.
It is for this reason PACE came together with other organizations (WHO, UNICEF, Malaria Consortium, UHMG, UKAID, USAID) to support the Ministry of health in order to help women like Rose. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda accounting for 27% of total deaths as per the statistics of the Ministry of Health.
On the 17th of February 2017, PACE supported the district of Apac in the LLIN (Long Lasting Insecticide treated Nets) at a colorful event that was officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda who was accompanied by The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and Hon. Sarah Opendi, The Minister for State for Primary Health. Also present were the British High Commissioner, a representative from USAID PMI (President’s Malaria Initiative), as well as representatives from UNICEF, WHO, Malaria Consortium, UHMG and PACE.
The Prime Minister flagged off the distribution of the nets. He also urged the men to be proactive in the fight against malaria. He further cautioned against using the distributed nets for fishing and/or sieving marwa a local drink popular with the local community.