Improved Education, Alternative Prevention Methods Can Reduce Malaria Bed Net Misuse

Huffington Post: Education, Follow-up Helps Prevent Bed Net Misuse
Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications

“Bed nets intended to prevent malaria are used in fishing communities in Zambia to fish for food, which is sold in the local market, according to a report in the New York Times. … The root of the problem is food self-sufficiency and a healthy local economy. It’s compounded by lack of awareness of the harm done to fish stocks. The story also points to the need for alternatives to nets where practical and for more education. … Disease, poverty, education, food sufficiency, and environmental stewardship are interrelated, complex human concerns. We are challenged by them to find life-enhancing solutions…” (1/29).