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10 facts on malaria

Woman protected by an insecticide net
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Sleeping under long-lasting insecticidal nets protects against malaria

These nets provide personal protection against mosquito bites. They can be used as protection for people most at risk of malaria, such as young children and pregnant women in high malaria transmission areas. The nets are effective for 3-5 years, depending on the model and conditions of use. In 2013, an estimated 49% of the population at risk in Africa had access to a bed net.

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