Malaria knowledge and bed net use in three transmission settings in southern Africa

by Mufaro Kanyangarara, Harry Hamapumbu, Edmore Mamini, James Lupiya et al. For the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research

Malaria Journal 2018 17:41 – Published: 19 January 2018

12 pp. 1.3 MB

Insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) reduce malaria morbidity and mortality in endemic areas. Despite increasing availability, the use of ITNs remains limited in some settings. The authors conclude that relevant knowledge of ITNs translated into the expected preventive behaviour of sleeping under a bed net, underscoring the need for continued health messaging on malaria prevention. The implementation and delivery of malaria control and elimination interventions needs to consider socioeconomic equity gaps, and target school-age children to ensure access to and improve utilization of ITNs.

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