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insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs)

The interaction between permethrin exposure and malaria infection affects the host-seeking behaviour of mosquitoes

March 20, 2019 - 15:39 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Kevin Thiévent, Gaël Hauser, Obada Elaian and Jacob C. Koella
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:79, 14 March 2019

The results suggest that the impact of ITNs may be weaker for malaria-infected than for uninfected mosquitoes.

Malaria prevalence metrics in low- and middle-income countries: an assessment of precision in nationally-representative surveys

November 21, 2017 - 15:19 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Victor A. Alegana, Jim Wright, Claudio Bosco, Emelda A. Okiro, Peter M. Atkinson, Robert W. Snow, Andrew J. Tatem and Abdisalan M. Noor
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Malaria Journal 2017 16:475, 21 November 2017

This study highlights the importance of defining indicator-relevant sample sizes to achieve the required precision in the current national surveys.

Modelling the impact of the long-term use of insecticide-treated bed nets on Anopheles mosquito biting time

September 19, 2017 - 15:13 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Claudia P. Ferreira, Silas P. Lyra, Franciane Azevedo, David Greenhalgh and Eduardo Massad
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Malaria Journal 2017 16:373, 15 September 2017

By taking the evolutionary aspect into account, the model was able to show that the long-term use of ITNs, although representing an undisputed success in reducing malaria incidence and mortality in many affected areas, is not free of undesirable side effects.

How many holes is too many? A prototype tool for estimating mosquito entry risk into damaged bed nets

August 3, 2017 - 15:11 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
James Sutcliffe, Xin Ji and Shaoman Yin
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Malaria Journal 2017 16:304, 1 August 2017

Appearance, encounter and passage predictors correspond to various mosquito behaviours that have previously been described and are combined into a prototype mosquito entry risk tool that predicts mosquito entry rates for nets with various amounts of damage.

Progress in coverage of bed net ownership and use in Burkina Faso 2003–2014: evidence from population-based surveys

August 2, 2017 - 17:00 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Sekou Samadoulougou, Morgan Pearcy, Yazoumé Yé and Fati Kirakoya-Samadoulougou
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Malaria Journal 2017 16:302, 28 July 2017

Burkina Faso made considerable progress in coverage of ITN ownership, access and use between 2003 and 2014, as a result of the two free mass distribution campaigns in 2010 and 2013.

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Effect of user preferences on ITN use: a review of literature and data

June 6, 2017 - 15:44 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Hannah Koenker and Joshua O. Yukich
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Malaria Journal 2017 16:233, 1 June 2017

The increased manufacturing costs for conical nets are not outweighed by the very small, often non-existent, increases in use rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

Community point distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets and community health worker hang-up visits in rural Zambia: a decision-focused evaluation

March 9, 2016 - 09:45 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Paul Wang, Alison L. Connor, Busiku Hamainza, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:140, 3 March 2016

This evaluation revealed that (1) the community point distributions achieved high attendance rates followed by acceptable rates of short-term and medium-term ITN retention and usage, as compared to reported rates achieved by door-to-door distributions in the recent past, (2) CHW hang-up visits had a modest short-term impact on ITN usage but no medium-term effect, and (3) community point distributions can yield sizeable time savings compared to door-to-door distributions.

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Safety of insecticide-treated mosquito nets for infants and their mothers: randomized controlled community trial in Burkina Faso

January 7, 2016 - 15:53 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Guangyu Lu, Corneille Traoré, Peter Meissner, Bocar Kouyaté, Gisela Kynast-Wolf, Claudia Beiersmann, Boubacar Coulibaly, Heiko Becher, Olaf Müller
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Malaria Journal 2015, 14:527 (30 December 2015)

The study provides further evidence for ITNs being sufficiently safe in children and even in newborns.

The use of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy and insecticide-treated bed nets for malaria prevention by women of child-bearing age in eight districts in Malawi

August 17, 2015 - 08:20 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Dyson Mwandama, Julie Gutman, Adam Wolkon, Madalitso Luka, James Jafali, Doreen Ali, Don Mathanga, Jacek Skarbinski
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Malaria Journal 2015, 14:316 (15 August 2015)

In Malawi in 2009, IPTp and ITN use in WOCBA fell short of national and international goals.

Effect of insecticide-treated bed net usage on under-five mortality in northern Ghana

August 12, 2015 - 08:04 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Clifford Afoakwah, Jacob Nunoo, Francis Andoh
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Malaria Journal 2015, 14:309 (7 August 2015)

The study, therefore, recommends that policies targeting reduction in under-five mortality in northern Ghana should consider not mere availability of ITNs in the household, but advocate the usage of these treated nets.

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