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Alternative Use of Bed Nets in Arsi Zone of Ethiopia

Publication Date: 
05/30/2012

cover of bed net studyThis report of a C-Change study in the Arsi Zone of Ethiopia examined the scope and extent of bed net use for alternative purposes, drawing comparisons between communities reached and not reached by complementary C-Change SBCC activities. The study noted higher alternative use of bed nets in comparison communities not reached by SBCC activities. In communities reached by C-Change’s SBCC interventions, the study found higher bed net use for malaria prevention and a narrower gap between bed net ownership and bed net use. The types of alternative uses observed in both communities included use as bedding, curtains, side wall for outdoor toilets, cover for grain, and rope. The report offers recommendations for SBCC programs that promote bed net use for malaria prevention and control.