Distribution of bed-nets
A photo story
Sound sleep in Pich Kiri district, Pailin. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets have proven to be highly effective and one of the best practical interventions to control malaria. Through the Containment Project, more than half a million long-lasting mosquito nets have been distributed on both sides of the border in the target zone.
Women wait patiently in Chum Kiri district in Kampot for the mosquito nets distributed to all villagers in zone 1 of the Containment Project. WHO has been working intensely with the health ministries of Cambodia and Thailand to try to wipe out malaria in the area. Encouraging widespread use of mosquito nets is a key part of the strategy to contain the drug resistant malaria parasites.
A mother receives a mosquito net in Chum Kiri district. The nets are designed to last up to five years without the need to retreat with insecticide. In zone 1 of the Containment Project, families receive at least one net for every two people.
Migrant workers in a groundnut plantation in Pailin’s Andong Phi village. Many of them work in plantations that are close to slow-moving streams and forests where malaria mosquitoes like to breed. This is the group that health workers target in their efforts to get them to sleep under nets each night. Large-scale use of mosquito nets reduces the capacity of mosquitoes to spread malaria.
A poster in Andong Phi village urging migrant workers to sleep under bed-nets.
Long-lasting insecticide treated hammock nets are also distributed to migrant workers who sleep in the fields during the harvest period.
A health worker explains to the villagers in Krachap, about 35 kilometres from Pailin, why the mosquito nets are being distributed and the importance of using them every night.
These women return home near Krachap village in Pailin, north-west Cambodia, with their bundles of mosquito nets distributed through the WHO Containment Project. As well as the nets, they were also given information as to the importance of sleeping under the nets each night.
Women line up to have their families’ conventional mosquito nets dipped into a long-lasting insecticide that will kill mosquitoes for about one year. The process, conducted in Teuk Chenh village, Kampot, as part of the Containment Project, was another means of trying to reduce malaria transmission in the area.
Large enough for at least two people: this woman in Pich Kiri district of Pailin province checks out the size of her new mosquito net. The insecticide treated nets are designed to last five years without the need to retreat them.