Use Of Anti-Malaria Bed Nets Have Health, Economic Benefits
Global Health NOW: Healthier is Wealthier — Insecticide Treated Nets, Agricultural Yields, and Poverty
Günther Fink, associate professor of international health economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health
“…The results of [a] study, recently published in the Journal of Health Economics, suggest that access to bed nets yields rather large economic returns … Does this mean that we will have to provide the entire developing world with nets forever? Definitely not — all this means is that nets not only provide large health benefits in highly [malaria] endemic areas, they can also improve the incomes and livelihoods of some of the poorest households in the world. By no means does this imply that eradicating malaria will end global poverty; it is simply a first step towards reducing the multiple sources of adversity faced by poor households in developing countries today” (10/5).