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Hypothesis: Solar net fan: a potential tool to enhance bednet usage in hot climates

April 15, 2012 - 11:35 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Olivier J.T. Briet
MWJ 2012, 3, 4
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Hot and humid climatic conditions may affect bednet utilisation. This hypothesis article presents a novel and unique approach to increase the comfort of bednet occupants. It describes a solar energy-powered fan that can be placed inside bednets to increase the airflow and provide a cooling effect. A preliminary cost analysis of such a device is presented.

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<p>Oliver, thanks for your article.&nbsp;</p><p>Bed-nets have no doubt reduced the number of Malaria deaths worldwide - but life is not just in bed.&nbsp;</p><p>At a service life of 2-3 years the world will be funding 190 Million bed-nets again in a few years.&nbsp;</p><p>Are we intent to get rid of Malaria? Resistance build up against strains in Plasmodium treatment, resistance build up against larvaecides/biocides as already confirmed since 1997 by WHO in the Far East should be worrying us all.&nbsp;</p><p>I am leaving for Accra today to launch Preventine MLC (we avoid the word Larvaecide as we have NO chemical content to which mosquito larvae /pupae can build a resistance up to.</p><p>See :</p><p>A product after years of self-funded research aided by US Universities.</p><p>I will be using ITN's in a week as a control unit to count dead mosquitoes before and after application of our low cost natural product in one agricultural village in Ghana.</p><p>To clear 1 small island in the Indian Ocean of all Mosquitoes is next. The lucrative chemical world is strong and we need to prove 'what it says on the tin" in real terms with international media present.&nbsp;</p><p>Hoping you will keep in touch.</p><p>;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>