Feasibility of repellent use in a context of increasing outdoor transmission: a qualitative study in rural Tanzania

by Onyango Sangoro, Ann H Kelly, Sarah Mtali et al.
Malaria Journal 2014, 13:347 (2 September 2014)

30 pp. 572 kB:
http://www.malariajournal.com/content/pdf/1475-2875-13-347.pdflogo

To significantly impact malaria transmission outdoors, tools targeting outdoor transmission are required. Repellents, used for personal protection, offer one solution. However, the effectiveness of this method hinges upon its community acceptability. This study assessed the feasibility of using repellents as a malaria prevention tool in Mbingu village, Ulanga, Southern Tanzania. The authors conclude that high repellent acceptability indicates their feasibility for malaria control in this community. However, to improve the community’s uptake of repellents for use – complimentary to long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying – for early evening and outdoor protection from mosquito bites, longer lasting and cheap formats are required.

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