Net gain: an important step in malaria prevention
Sep 16, 2020
Le Korsa has just distributed 1000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in Senegal. We sent 500 to the Sinthian Medical Clinic in rural Tambacounda, and 500 to Keur Djiguene Yi, the Women’s Center of Dakar, where they will be distributed by Dr. Magueye Ba and Dr. Juliette Faye, respectively.
The nets are especially important this year, as a heavy rainy season has created sustained breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Compounding the problem are shortages in mosquito nets caused by the Covid-19 pandemic—many NGOs who could devote large budgets to malaria prevention have already spent their resources battling the coronavirus, and the usual supply chains are disrupted.
As soon as we learned about the pending problem two weeks ago, we acted. Coordinating with Dr. Ba and Dr. Faye, we purchased 1000 of the treated mosquito nets through a local supplier.
The nets are recommended by the World Health Organization for two essential reasons: the insecticide prevents mosquitoes from landing on the nets and biting people through them, and they are durable for up to three years, even after multiple washes.
Because pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malaria — the parasite can cause birth complications and increase the risk of child mortality — Dr. Juliette Faye was eager to have the nets at Keur Djiguene Yi, where she sees about 1000 expectant mothers each year. “The nets will be an enormous help to our patients,” she said.
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