'Made in Africa, by Africans, for Africans'
Olyset Net is a crucial tool in the fight against malaria - and was the first WHO-recommended LLIN to be manufactured in Africa, where a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds. Production in Africa began in 2003 when Sumitomo Chemical provided a royalty-free technology license to A to Z Textile Mills in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzanian production was further expanded in 2008 when Sumitomo Chemical celebrated the official opening of a 50:50 joint venture factory, expanding our partnership with A to Z in East Africa.
In 2010, Olyset Net production capacity reached 30 million LLINs per year and created 8,000 jobs -- more than half of the global Olyset Net output.
Sumitomo Chemical adheres to the belief that to be sustainable, bednet production must be localized in Africa. Local production in Africa produces a vital public health product and simultaneously boosts economic development, in an advance beyond aid, toward self-sustaining enterprise in the service of public health.
For an analysis of the economic impact of the Olyset Net production facilities in Arusha, please see the study by the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies here.
Description: Interview, Gladness Allen Foya, Supervisor, A to Z Textile Mills, Ltd., Arusha, Tanzania
Length: 47 seconds
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