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Battle Over Bednets

April Harding | 11 Oct 2007 | Center for Global Development

Readers of the recent New York Times article "Distribution of Nets Splits Malaria Fighters" were led to believe that there is a raging debate about the best way to improve coverage of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), pitting those who believe in free net giveaways against those who believe in multi-prong strategies using not just giveaways, but also marketing to stimulate demand, and actions to promote supply by the commercial sector. But in point of fact, the evidence is fairly clear: multi-prong strategies are needed to both "catch up" (increase coverage in one year) and "keep up" (sustain coverage in the future).

Malaria Nets, the Latest Fashion Accessory?

Winter Miller | 05 Sep 2007 | New York Times

Surrounded by hanging bed nets and photos of Ugandan women and children, Ms. Goodwin explained that she wasn't here just for the goody bag.

Cameroon: Use of Treated Mosquito Nets Unsatisfactory

Frances Tim Mbom | 31 Aug 2007 | The Post (Buea)

"The District Medical Officer for the Limbe Health area, Dr. Mathilda Manjo, has said less than 30 percent of the recipients of the Government's freely donated anti-mosquito bed nets within her area have been effectively making use of them.

WHO urges free distribution of anti-malaria nets

Stephanie Nebehay | 16 Aug 2007 | Reuters South Africa

In Kenya, between 2004 and 2006, a near tenfold increase in the number of children sleeping under insecticide-treated nets resulted in 44 percent fewer deaths than among children not protected by nets, according to preliminary government data.

World Health Organization Position Statement on Insecticide-Treated Nets

None | 16 Aug 2007 | World Health Organization

This WHO Global Malaria Programme (WHO/GMP) Position Statement describes a shift in guidance on malaria prevention through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs). The WHO/GMP calls upon National Malaria Control Programmes and their partners involved in insecticide-treated net interventions to purchase only long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs).

Uganda: Mosquito Net Prices Reduce As Usage Rises

Joseph Olanyo | 16 Jul 2007 | Monitor (Kampala)

Mosquito net prices have dropped by more than half since 2000, a survey conducted by by NetMark, a USAID project has said.

Red tape slows initiatives against disease

Richard Tren & Philip Coticelli | 25 Apr 2007 | Business Day (South Africa)

Many African countries are developing indoor residual spraying programmes, some with DDT, a highly effective and safe insecticide. Insecticide-treated mosquito net distribution, however, continues to dominate efforts.

Combining Interventions to Prevent Malaria While Fighting Resistance

Mead Over | 08 Mar 2007 | Center for Global Development

Last week, the New York Times reported on recent findings that the combination of one inexpensive antibiotic pill each day and sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net can reduce the incidence of malaria by 97 percent in HIV-positive children in Uganda. If the results hold up to further analysis and critical review, this study can be understood as further support for the proposition that a combination of malaria interventions can do substantially better against malaria than any single intervention by itself.

Ethiopia: Fighting malaria in Oromiya

None | 20 Feb 2007 | Reuters Foundation Alert Net

The dozens of Ethiopian women gathered at Birbissa Doloma health-centre in Oromiya had brought their children to be immunised against measles. They also went home with a mosquito net.

NBA All-Star Participants to Donate Life-Saving Anti-Malaria Nets

Nothing But Nets | 16 Feb 2007 | PR Newswire

Nothing But Nets announced today five NBA All-Star players, represented by the Wasserman Media Group, will donate funds to the grassroots campaign to fight malaria in Africa. The pledge will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Nothing But Nets announced today five NBA All-Star players, represented by the WassermanMedia Group, will donate funds to the grassroots campaign to fight malariain Africa. The pledge will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bill andMelinda Gates Foundation.