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Poverty and food security

Poverty and food security: drivers of insecticide-treated mosquito net misuse in Malawi

September 23, 2019 - 14:45 -- Open Access
Sara Berthe, Steven A. Harvey, Matthew Lynch, Hannah Koenker, Vincent Jumbe, Blessings Kaunda-Khangamwa and Don P. Mathanga
Malaria Journal 2019 18:320, 18 September 2019

Over the past decade, food insecurity, connected to erratic rains and reduced agricultural outputs, has plagued Malawi. Many households are turning to fishing to seek additional sources of income and food. There is anecdotal evidence that insecticide-treated net (ITN) recipients in Malawi are using their nets for purposes other than sleeping, such as for fishing, protecting crops, and displaying merchandise, among others. The objective of this qualitative study was to explore the factors leading residents of waterside communities in Malawi to use ITNs for fishing.

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