Why do we need mosquito netting?
Malaria, the leading cause of death among children in Africa, could be eliminated if three-fourths of the population used insecticide-treated bed nets, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
The study, which uses a mathematical model, found that use of insecticide-treated bed nets or ITNs positively affected the infection’s reproduction number, or R, which is the primary epidemiological number used to determine the degree which a disease can spread through a population. The model concludes that if 75 percent of the population were to use ITNs, malaria could be eliminated.
The treated mosquito net forms a protective barrier around people sleeping under them. The insecticide not only kills the mosquitoes, which carry the malaria parasite, and other insects, it also repels mosquitoes, reducing the number that enter the house and attempt to feed on people inside. Insecticide coated nets are so important because they kill mosquitoes that land on them, drawn to the nets by the odor of the person sleeping beneath it.
Malaria has already been eradicated in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia and South-Central America, and yet, the World Health Organization estimates that every year 250 million people become infected with malaria and nearly one million die.
UPDATE (July 6th, 2017)
After a generous donation of mosquito netting and it has been received by the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya. Mosquito netting will be used to make insecticide-treated bed nets for both staff and students in the schools dormitory. Making the bed nets at the school is one more step towards sustainability, reducing costs while preventing disease and promoting good health.
Below are some photos included with this update