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AFRO-NETS> 1 Million bednets project (3)


  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> 1 Million bednets project (3)
  • From: "A. A. van Geldermalsen" <aadvg@healthnet.zw>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 06:12:37 -0500 (EST)




1 Million bednets project (3)
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Graham B White <GrahamBWhite@compuserve.com> wrote on the 1 million
bed"net" initiative and difficulties in reliably treating these nets:

> When suitable nets are treated and used effectively in Africa,
> pyrethroid-impregnated bednets and curtains can substantially
> reduce malaria (several projects reduced child mortality by
> 50% or more)...

We have just re-affirmed this for morbidity in Zimbabwe. And will
present findings in the upcoming Durban conference.


> BUT NETS HAVE VERY LITTLE VALUE AGAINST MALARIA UNLESS:
> - THEY ARE CORRECTLY TREATED WITH APPROPRIATE INSECTICIDE; -

We saw the same thing:
that not re-treated net users had the same incidence as non-bednet
users.

> THE TYPE OF NET IS ACCEPTABLE FOR EFFECTIVE USE CONSISTENTLY; -
> PEOPLE STAY UNDER THE TREATED NETS EVERY NIGHT, ALL NIGHT.

We can also confirm that.

A. A. van Geldermalsen
Medical Officer of Health
Dept. Epidemiology and Disease Control
Mashonaland Central
P.O. Box 98
Bindura, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263-71-6/369 /479/ 381 /204 (direct)
Fax: +263-71-6659
Tel: (private) +263-4-71-7075
mailto:aadvg@healthnet.zw


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