Oct 27, 2017

Two MCDI Abstracts on LLIN Distribution Accepted to ASTMH Conference

At this year's American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting in Baltimore from November 5-9, two MCDI projects in Equatorial Guinea and Benin will be presenting their findings on the distribution and effectiveness of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs)

The Bioko Island Malaria Control Program (BIMCP) conducted a mass bed net distribution campaign in 2015. GIS Officer Jordan Smith will present "Net migration or non-use? Bed net ownership following mass distribution campaigns on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea", which asserts that the marked decrease in bed net use after the mass distribution campaign is related to the lack of vector control interventions on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea, as many residents of Bioko Island send their nets to people living on the mainland.

In Benin, the President's Malaria Initiative/USAID-funded Project to Advance the Durability of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (PADNET) conducted an experimental random cluster study to increase bed net durability. The abstract, "Social Behavior Change Communication and bed net retention, care, repair, use and impact in Benin" is authored by PADNET's Chief of Party Dr. Andre Houtoukpe, and will be presented in an oral presentation by MCDI's Dr. Luis Benavente. The study examined three groups of people who were given bed nets: those who were targeted by social behavior change communication (SBCC), those who were targeted by SBCC and received net repair kits, and those who only received nets. The study concludes, based on the positive outcomes of the SBCC groups, that SBCC for net use and preservation should be promoted in order to improve overall net durability.

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