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BED NETS TO PREVENT MALARIA
Professor Hilary Hurd was invited to attend a forum organised by the Guardian on the role of mosquito nets in long lasting strategies that help prevent malaria. In association with the Malaria Consortium and supported by Comic Relief the event was held at the Guardian offices in London and brought together malaria and health development experts from the private, government, commercial and academic sector.
During a panel discussion and workshop, complex issues such as how to tackle the growth of resistance of mosquitoes to net insecticides, various models for the continuous distribution of nets via the public and private sector when nets become damaged and future strategies for their deployment in combination with other measures were considered. A reduction in child mortality by almost one fifth, and malaria cases by half, has been attributed to recent mass distributions of long lasting insecticide treated nets. A report of the meeting will be published in the Guardian shortly.