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Nigeria Should Go Beyond Mosquito Net Hand-Outs To Combat Malaria

The Guardian: Beyond mosquito net hand-outs: the fight against malaria in Nigeria
Chris Thomas, communications and policy adviser at the President’s Malaria Initiative

“…International donors including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, World Bank, the U.K.’s Department for International Development and the U.S.’s President’s Malaria Initiative have played a significant role in scaling up malaria prevention in Nigeria. But as Bill Brieger of Johns Hopkins University wrote in his blog Malaria Matters: ‘Having nets “in place” and having nets “used” are two different indicators of success. A major weakness of past public health programming has been providing people with technologically sound and useful interventions without taking into full account the social, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence acceptance and use of the interventions’…” (1/17).