Delivery times are, together with price and quality, one of the key factors when purchasing mosquito nets for malaria control programmes. There is an ample variety among manufacturers due to different production capacities and booking of their capacity. Accurate and early forecasting of country or programme needs is crucial to promote timely and quick deliveries.
The manufacturers of mosquito nets that participated in this survey have been requested to provide their estimated normal delivery times for different types and quantities of nets. Delivery time is considered as the period between the receipt of an order by the manufacturer and the moment the goods are ready for shipment at the nearest port. Figure 2 shows the variation for different volumes of nets required and among the companies that participated in the survey.