New mosquito nets offer better protection against malaria
A new coating for mosquito nets could represent a further step in efforts to curb this deadly disease. The agent chlorfenapyr from German company BASF works in a completely different way than current insecticides.
It has yet to receive official approval but this is expected by the end of the year. According to BASF, the mosquito net – Interceptor G2 – could be available to health authorities and aid organisation from the end of this year depending upon local approval processes.
The protective coating on the mosquito net lasts for about three years or 20 washes. According to BASF, a second chlorfenapyr product – a spray for use on ceilings and internal walls – is also in the final phases of evaluation by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
However, the WHO in its report on future steps in the fight against malaria has also stressed that other methods will be necessary in order to curb malaria effectively. They include for example Integrated Vector Management (IVM), the method supported by Biovision. The main aim of this project is to eliminate the breeding grounds of the Anopheles mosquito that transmits the disease. The measures can be implemented by the local people after of course appropriate training.
According to the WHO, some 200 million people are affected by malaria every year, with children and pregnant women at particular risk of dying from the disease – every two minutes a child dies of malaria, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.