By Sekyewa Idi
The people of Buwenge Subcounty, Jinja district witnessed a wedding they will remember for a very long time after the bride appeared in a mosquito net.
The wedding that took place last weekend, the bride turned out dressed in a mosquito net and a polypropylene sack normally used to pack rice and maize flour. The In-laws explained that the husband had no money to hire a wedding gown.
Uganda ranks sixth among African countries with high malaria-related mortality rates, and has one of the highest reported malaria transmission rates in the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that globally malaria is a major cause of ill health and deaths, with approximately 16 million cases and over 10,500 deaths reported in 2015.
Last year, government of Uganda launched a campaign to distribute 25 million mosquito nets worth Ugx. 331.5 in the fresh countrywide campaign against malaria.
The nets were procured with funding from the Government of Uganda, the Global Fund to Fight Malaria, TB and HIV, Against Malaria Foundation, Department for International Development (DFID) and the USAID/President’s Malaria Initiative. Other implementing partners include the World Health Organization, UNICEF, PACE, Communication for Health Communities, UNBS, NDA and the Church of Uganda.
This is the third time that the government is carrying out mass mosquito net distribution. In 2009/2010, at least 7.2 million mosquito nets and 22 million in 2013/2014 were distributed.