Podcast #124:  Nets and Malaria

sleepingchildrenRun Time: 4 minutes

Author: Eric Miller M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • The WHO in 2000, set a goal of reversing incidence of mosquito deaths by 2015.
  • One billion insecticide coated nets were given for free in areas of high malarial incidence in Africa. Each net costs 2-3 dollars.
  • In 2000, there were 1 million deaths due to malaria per year. In 2015, there were about 400,000 deaths due to malaria per year showing a 60% decrease in deaths.
  • From 2000 to 2015 the incidence of new malaria infections also decreased from 200 million new cases to 50-60 million new cases of malaria.
  • While this was a great success in terms of decreasing death and incidence of mortality there are unintended consequences.  In communities by water, 87-90% of the nets distributed are being used for fishing. This causes issue as the insecticide on the nets are being directly introduced into the water sources.  As a result malaria rates in fish have also decreased precipitously but the fish all taste like “OFF!” (just kidding…pesticides and fish shouldn’t mix).  

Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/nets-and-malaria/

References: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/world/africa/mosquito-nets-for-malaria-spawn-new-epidemic-overfishing.html?_r=0

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