There has been a renewed emphasis on preventive measures for malaria at community and individual levels. Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) have been strongly advocated for use to prevent malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and are considered to be a significant improvement in the strategy to fight malaria. By 2008, the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) recommended five long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for the prevention of malaria: Olyset®, PermaNet 2.0®, Netprotect®, Duranet® and Interceptor®. Field information is available for both Olyset® and PermaNet®, with limited data on the newer LLINs. To address this gap, a field evaluation was carried out to determine the acceptability and durability of Interceptor® LLINs.
This study presents the findings of a one-year prospective field study conducted in eight rural returnee villages in Liberia. Households were randomized to receive Interceptor® LLINs or conventionally treated nets (CTNs). The authors report that Interceptor® LLINs were found to be effective and desirable in rural communities in Liberia. They further recommend that consideration for end user preferences should be incorporated into product development of all LLINs in the future, in order to achieve optimum retention and utilization.
Citation: Banek et al.: Evaluation of Interceptor long-lasting insecticidal nets in eight communities in Liberia. Malaria Journal 2010 9:84.
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