New publication on the impact of distributing insecticide treated mosquito nets

YIF assessed the impact of distributing 5,000 insecticide treated bed nets (PermaNets) and has published the results in Outlooks on Pest Management – see the publication at: The distribution of the nets had a substantial impact on malaria incidence in Libamba community, lasting for at least 4 years post-intervention.

Dr Jane Che was able to follow the incidence of malaria which showed that children benefited by being under the nets, but adults still got malaria.  As a result of the expansion of electricity in towns and villages, people are not going indoors as soon as the sun goes down, so biting occurs during the evenings outdoors.  However, it is quite clear from previous YIF research that effective control of malaria requires a ‘blended attack’, involving bednets, mosquito control, infection surveillance and awareness raising, rather than the one-technology approach that some promote. In The USA, space treatments are the main method of reducing mosquito populations, but so far WHO has only recommended cold or thermal fogs in emergencies such as at refugee camps.

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