Author(s): McClean KL, Senthilselvan A
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Abstract Malaria continues to be an increasing health concern in many endemic areas where it remains a major contributor to childhood morbidity and mortality. Chemoprophylaxis and treatment are increasingly compromised by drug resistance. Vaccination for malaria is not yet available outside clinical trials. In clinical trials bed nets have been shown to be effective in reducing malarial morbidity and mortality. Their efficacy outside of the clinical trial setting has been less well documented. We describe our experience with the introduction of bed nets in a remote rural Zambian village and document the effect on malarial parasitaemia, spleen rates and haemoglobin. Children were evaluated at the end of the rainy seasons in April 1998 and April 1999. Insecticide impregnated nets were made available for purchase to the village in July 1998. Rates of parasitaemia and anaemia were significantly reduced.
This article was published in Trop Doct
and referenced in Pediatrics & Therapeutics