Net Positive

Insecticide-treated bed nets—critical weaponry in the malaria prevention arsenal—are typically distributed by health clinics to pregnant women or via mass campaigns every 3 years in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. But campaigns are expensive logistical ordeals, and lost or damaged nets can’t be replaced between cycles.

A team from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs produced a radical idea: Send bed nets home annually with school children. Launched in 2013 alongside health clinic distribution, the program has not only netted about 85% of the beds in targeted regions, it’s resulted in a million fewer nets distributed which points to a more efficient system.

The Hub (Johns Hopkins University)

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