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Promotion of insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Myanmar.

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Vector Borne Diseases Control Project, Department of Health, Yangon, Myanmar.


A simple health promotion message administered by village midwives raised bednet usage to over 60% in trial hamlets in north Shan State, Myanmar. Treatment of the nets in the study villages produced a reduction in malaria cases. Most villagers were prepared to buy their nets at market prices and were willing to pay for the cost of re-treatment of nets, but very poor, members of the Wa ethnic group required a half-price subsidy for them to afford them. The use of insecticide treated bednets was felt to be appropriate for undeveloped and remote areas of the country where malaria control was difficult.

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