“We are supposed to take care of it”: a qualitative examination of care and repair behaviour of long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets in Nasarawa State, Nigeria

by Gabrielle C Hunter, Leah Scandurra, Angela Acosta et al.
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:320 (14 August 2014)

18 pp. 973 kB:
http://www.malariajournal.com/content/pdf/1475-2875-13-320.pdflogo

The longevity of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) under field conditions has important implications for malaria vector control. This study provides novel and valuable insights on the perceptions and attitudes of LLIN users in Nasarawa, Nigeria on the durability of bed nets, how to care for and repair nets, and for what reasons. Communication around net care should stress proper daily storage of nets, regular net inspections, prompt repairs, and clarify misconceptions about proper washing frequency and technique. These messages should include compelling motivators, such as local social norms of household hygiene.

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