Global Fund's Hang UP Mass BEd NEt Distribution

in the democratic republic of congo



Hanging nets in every household to reduce sickness and death by malaria.

Malaria in drc

According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report for 2019, an estimated 228 million cases of malaria occurred and 405,000 deaths globally in 2018. DRC accounted for 12 percent of these cases and 11 percent of deaths, making it the second-most affected country in the world. The benefits of reducing malaria go beyond the obvious outcomes of reducing sickness and death. The report also states that “A 10 percent reduction in malaria has been associated with a 0.3 percent rise in annual GDP. At the household level, reducing malaria protects household income from lost earnings.”

IMA DRC has been working to bring these benefits to millions in the DRC for over two decades. During the Access to Primary Health Care Project, IMA and its partners distributed close to 1.3 million nets in Kasai and Nord Ubangi provinces. To ensure that every household received the intended nets, IMA devised a Hang Up and Track or HUT campaign in which community health workers distributed the LLINs, installed them in each household and recorded household registration data using smartphones to ensure accountability and accuracy.

The innovative HUT approach has been found to promote higher net-use rates than traditional methods, in addition to giving an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability to net distributions.

Project Goal

The Global Fund Mass Disitrbution Campaign’s overarching goal is to contribute to the elimination of malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while aiming to improve the health status of the population by reducing the human and socio-economic burden due to malaria by 2020.

General objective: Contribute to the reduction of 40%, compared to 2015, the morbidity and mortality rates linked to malaria in the targeted Provinces.

Specific objectives:
1) By the end of 2019, at least 80% of households at risk of malaria in the intervention provinces are sleeping under the long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net.
2) At least 80% of households are aware of the use of LLINs during the campaign and the prevention of Malaria.


Implementation Period

December 2018 to February 2020


15 months

Project Cost



The Global Fund

8,652,079 long lasting insecticide treated bed nets, or LLIN, will be distributed to 15,571,335 people in 2,895,607 households.

Number of Sleeping Spaces Registered in Mongala

phones installed with odk

community health workers trained on data collection using odk

Social Mobilizers Trained

radio spots broadcasted in mongala


Global fund llin Distribution Progress

As of February 2020, the distribution has been completed in two provinces: Mongala and Nord Ubangi. Click play below to see a time-lapse of the distribution created from data collected by community health workers using ODK software on Android phones.


IMA was selected as a SANRU sub-recipient for the execution of the mass distribution campaigns for LLINs as part of a grant from the Global Fund. 

read more about our work combat malaria through our hang up strategy


ASSP Malaria Brochure – September 2019 (English version) (version française)

Hang Up and Track: Mass Distributions in Every Household – March 2017 (pdf)

HUT Strategy, USAID Compendium for Health – April 2016 (pdf)


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