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Net Manufacturers

Until 2009, Tanzania had a vibrant commercial net market with four producers producing polyester nets (A-Z Textile Mills Ltd, Sunflag, Textile Mills of Tanzania Limited and Moshi Textile Mills). These nets were bundled with insecticide retreatment kits provided through PSI so that these polyester nets could be turned into insecticide treated nets (ITNs).  PSI also socially marketed these retreatment kits so that they would be commercially available at subsidized rates, so that people could retreat their net every six months (as recommended).

However, with the change to Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) in 2009 only one net manufacturer remained, namely A-Z Textiles in Arusha. The introduction of LLINs took place at the same time as the change in the design of the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme (TNVS) from a fixed discount voucher to a fixed top-up voucher. (Top ups initially ranged from about Tsh 700/- to over Tsh 1500/- depending on the size of the selected net. In late 2006 the voucher value was increased to Tsh 3250/- and the infant voucher was introduced. By 2008, the average top-up had reached over Tsh 2,300/-. In 2009 the current upgraded voucher for LLINs was introduced that fixed the top up at Tsh 500/-.) The fixed top-up meant that for the time being, the voucher was redeemable for a single type and size of net only, eliminating consumer choice. It also meant that these LLINs were no longer commercially available for non-voucher recipients.

In 2012, a new “Choice and Competition” strategy was launched, opening up the TNVS to another LLIN brand (NetProtect), expanding the range of sizes, shapes and colours, and opening up the sale of LLINs to full-paying commercial customers.

Wholesalers & Retailers

The private sector has a decisive role to play in the success of the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme, not only in terms of manufacturing nets but also in terms of expanding the distribution and sales network into the rural areas.

Insecticides Treated Nets (ITNs) are currently commercially available in over 6,800 retail outlets in every district in Tanzania. Approximately 2 to 2.5 million LLINs are sold through the TNVS annually. In addition, it is estimated that approximately 1.2 million to 1.5 million untreated polyester nets are currently sold on the commercial market in Tanzania annually, without any intervention from programmes. NMCP will assess whether it is feasible to introduce treatment at factory level and/or reintroduce retreatment kits to make these nets into ITNs and help maintain the ITN coverage.