- Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
- Malaria is a preventable disease.
- Ten dollars buys a long lasting net that protects a child for 3-5 years.
We feel bed nets are the lowest cost solution and the most effective way to prevent mosquitoes from biting and transmitting malaria leading to the eradication of malaria in a region.
Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs or Bed Nets)
Long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) hung around beds and sleeping areas create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of mosquito bites occur. The African malaria mosquitoes generally bite late at night or in the early morning, between 10pm and 4am. Long lasting nets can protect more than one person – a mother and an infant or a few brothers and sisters as it quite common for sibling to share the same sleeping space – for up to three to five years without having to be retreated. A net treated with special insecticides offers about twice the protection of an untreated net, and through its repellent factors, can even protect other people in the room outside the net. When enough people (about 70 percent) sleep under LLINs, entire communities, even houses without an LLIN, can be made much safer.
Our bed nets are provided by the innovative Danish company, Vestergaard Frandsen, and the nets are know by the brand name of PermaNet. PermaNets are the latest technological advancement in insecticide nets whose insecticide potency remains despite washings. PermaNets are also endorsed by the World Health Organization. Unlike traditional insecticide treated nets which must be retreated with insecticide every six months, these nets are effective against mosquitoes for three to five years without insecticidal retreatment.
Whether it is educating how to properly and consistently use a bed net in a safe way, or how to recognize if a child has contracted malaria and take appropriate measures such as administering new artemisinin-based combination therapies or educating a family on the proper hanging of bed net, education is key to preventing malaria. Each net distribution the Akado Medical Centre is held in conjunction with a Health Education Day, a community forum which provides this additional education to both the recipients of the bed nets and the Mbita community at large.