Six local and international companies have filed their bid to make a joint venture to produce mosquito bed nets in Rwanda, ending the disappointment the country incurs in the nets procurement.
The country is recovering from a loss of over 3 million fake mosquito nets that were supplied by a Danish firm – Netprotect in 2013 and held back country’s efforts in fight against malaria.
The factory will enable Rwanda to distribute exclusively made in Rwanda mosquito bed nets effective 2017.
In a press conference today, Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi the head of Malaria at Rwanda Biomedical Center said the feasibility study was concluded and some companies are already proposing a sample of the net they would supply.
“We already have a company partnering with UTEXRWA, the textile industry and the progress is promising. The Rwanda Development Board is doing its best to attract more investors more especially in Health sector,” said Mbituyumuremyi adding that six other companies also expressed their interest in the net venture.
Ritesh Patel, the Chief Financing Officer in UTEXRWA told Rwanda Eye that there are ongoing discussions between them and a partner he declined to name, but he hopes, a deal will be inked early 2017.
“We have already started to produce some samples for the partner. We expect to sign a contract in March next year,” said Ritesh.
Rwanda imports millions of bed nets annually. The nets are distributed to households across the country to help curb malaria.
This year, 6 million mosquito nets will be distributed with 1.2 million already distributed in the endemic districts like Nyamasheke, Karongi, Gicumbi, Gatsibo among others.
Rwanda is malaria endemic country – efforts to fight the disease have to be endless until it is curbed. Country target is to end malaria in 2017 but much still needs to be done. Indoor Residual Spraying is another mechanism being used.
Over the last four years, Rwanda registered about 4 million malaria positive cases and 79 deaths.