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Overseas Aid

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answers of 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1131W, on overseas aid, and 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 265W, on sub-Saharan Africa: malaria, for what reasons data on the levels of demand for bed nets are no longer available by country. (278613)

Data on levels of actual demand, at community level, by country are not available. The wording of earlier answers did not make a clear distinction between this and demand levels for procurement purposes.

As stated in the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 265W, the World Malaria Report, issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in September 2008 (which can be found at http://www.who.int/malaria/wmr2008/malaria2008.pdf) includes detailed data on levels of bed-net ownership, usage and coverage by country.

For procurement purposes, the demand for insecticide treated bed nets is estimated using routine epidemiological and population data collected by national malaria control programmes. However, data on demand at community level are not routinely collected and to do so would be impractical given the financial and human resource constraints available in poorer developing countries.