Multi-country comparison of delivery strategies for mass campaigns to achieve universal coverage with insecticide-treated nets: what works best?

Mass distribution campaigns are the fastest way to rapidly scale up ITN coverage. However, the best strategy to distribute ITNs to ensure household coverage targets are met is still under debate. This paper presents results from 14 post-campaign surveys in five African countries to assess whether the campaign strategy used had any effect on distribution outcome.

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Publication date: February 2016
Source: Malaria Journal

Impact of a behaviour change communication programme on net durability in eastern Uganda

The behavior change communication intervention carried out in Serere district, Eastern Uganda, was comprised of radio programmes, school and community events. The evaluation showed that the intervention resulted in improved knowledge and attitudes towards care and repair, which impacted positively on net condition.

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Publication date: September 2015
Source: Malaria Journal

The Effect of Single or Repeated Home Visits on the Hanging and Use of Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets following a Mass Distribution Campaign – A Cluster Randomized, Controlled Trial

Study objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of commonly used post-campaign hang-up visits on the hanging and use of campaign nets.

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Publication date: March 2015
Source: PLOS One

Outdoor-sleeping and other night-time activities in northern Ghana: implications for residual transmission and malaria prevention

Despite targeted indoor residual spraying (IRS) over a six-year period and free mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), malaria rates in northern Ghana remain high. Outdoor sleeping and other night-time social, cultural and economic activities that increase exposure to infective mosquito bites are possible contributors. This study was designed to document these phenomena through direct observation, and to explore the context in which they occur.

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Publication date: January 2015
Source: Malaria Journal

What happens to lost nets: a multi-country analysis of reasons for LLIN attrition using 14 household surveys in four countries

While significant focus has been given to net distribution, little is known about what is done with nets that leave a household, either to be used by others or when they are discarded. To better understand the magnitude of sharing LLIN between households and patterns of discarding LLIN, the present study pools data from 14 post-campaign surveys to draw larger conclusions about the fate of nets that leave households.

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Publication date: November 2014
Source: Malaria Journal

Net use, care and repair practices following a universal distribution campaign in Mali

While the Government of Mali and implementing partners have made strides to ensure high net coverage, some gaps remain related to communication messaging of correct and consistent net use throughout the year, and on improving net care and repair behavior.

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Publication date: November 2014
Source: Malaria Journal

“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

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.

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Publication date: August 2014
Source: Malaria Journal

Comparing two approaches for estimating the causal effect of behaviour-change communication messages promoting insecticide-treated bed nets: an analysis of the 2010 Zambia malaria indicator survey

This journal article illustrates that behavior change communication (BCC) programmes can contribute to national programmes seeking to increase the use of ITNs inside the home. They also offer a viable approach for evaluating the effectiveness of other BCC programmes promoting behaviour that will reduce malaria transmission or mitigate the consequences of infection

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Publication date: August 2014
Source: Malaria Journal