In Nigeria, the population can access long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) through three ways:
- Mass distribution
- Routine distribution
- Commercial sector
The first two are designed for LLINs to the most vulnerable groups, and others can access through the commercial markets. Due to the overwhelming malaria burden in the country, there was a need to rapidly scale-up net ownership and use.
One component of the Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP) project was to work with partners in Nigeria to achieve universal coverage of nets by strengthening the LLIN commercial sector market.
This learning paper details the challenges for the commercial sector in Nigeria and the SuNMaP approach to support the commercial sector market, including working with manufacturers and distributors of LLINs as well as state governments and the National Malaria Elimination Programme. The document also provides valuable learning on how free distribution, mass campaigns and the commercial sector can work together harmoniously to achieve the highest possible LLIN coverage.