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Public Private Partnership

As soon as the first LLIN was recommended by the World Health Organization in 2001, our company has been convinced by the potential of this technology, immediately expressing an interest for its transfer for local production in Tanzania. An informal Private-Public Partnership was brokered by WHO involving the private sector through Sumitomo Chemical Corp., the technology owner, A to Z Textile Mills Ltd, the mosquito net manufacturer, Exxon Mobil, the polymer producer and Roll Back Malaria Partner, the funding agency with Acumen Fund of the Rockefeller Foundation, the NGO sector with PSI (Population Services International) for social marketing and field distribution as well as international organizations such as UNICEF for the procurement and shipment of LLINs, and WHO, the technical lead on LLINs and norms and policy settings in malaria prevention.

Our success thus far is attributable to a few key elements. One element is an early understanding of how a new technology will respond to practical needs in the field. Another element is the rapid decision to acquire this technology coupled with the selection of the right partners in the PPP both as individuals with mutual understanding, trust, respect, and the ability to work positively as a team and as institutions.

Throughout our PPP, each organization has brought a key component, all under the framework of strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment on behalf of A to Z Textile Mills Ltd.Various campaigns ranging from the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme, the Under 5 Campaign, and Universal Coverage have been successful due to the contribution of our many partners. Our esteemed partners include; Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), Global Fund, Menonite Economic Development Agency (MEDA), World Bank, Malaria No More, Swiss Cooperation, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).