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Central and East Africa

Spatiotemporal analysis of insecticide-treated net use for children under 5 in relation to socioeconomic gradients in Central and East Africa

April 23, 2020 - 10:27 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Hana Kim, F. DeWolfe Miller, Andres Hernandez, Frank Tanser, Polycarp Mogeni and Diego F. Cuadros
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:163, 22 April 2020

Insecticide-treated net (ITN) use is the core intervention among the strategies against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the percentage of ITN ownership has increased from 47% in 2010 to 72% in 2017 across countries in SSA. Regardless of this massive expansion of ITN distribution, considerable gap between ownership and use of ITNs has been reported. Using data from more than 100,000 households in Central and East Africa (CEA) countries, the main aim of this study was to identify barriers associated with low ITN use and conduct geospatial analyses to estimate numbers and locations of vulnerable children living in areas with high malaria and low ITN use.

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