10 November 2012

Nigeria: The Use of Mosquito Nets

Photo: Georgina Goodawin /Vestergaard Frandsen
Long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets.

Malaria has the highest burden of disease in Nigeria with an estimated 300,000 children dying of malaria each year. It accounts for over 25% of infant mortality (children under aged one), 30% of childhood mortality (children under five), and 11% of maternal mortality.

At least 50% of the population has at least one episode of malaria annually, while children aged less than 5 years have 2 to 4 attacks annually (NDHS 2008).

Malaria is particularly severe among pregnant women and children under 5 years of age, due to their relatively lower levels of immunity.

The best way to prevent malaria outbreak in our homes, is to use a malaria treated nets.

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