Malaria :: Population Services’ insecticide-treated net PermaNet in Botswana

Population Services International this week introduced the insecticide-treated net PermaNet in Botswana, where 40% to 50% of the population is vulnerable to malaria, Mmegi reports.

Soumitro Ghosh, PSI country representative, said the nets last up to five years and 100 washes. He added that PSI will focus its efforts in the country’s northern region, where malaria is prevalent. The ITNs already have been introduced in the cities of Francistown, Kasane and Maun, where malaria incidence is greater, he said.

Ghosh urged people in Botswana to maintain sanitary environments by cutting grass and reeds to prevent malaria. He added that because malaria is seasonal in Botswana, people there do not develop permanent immunity

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