University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

The Mosquito Net and the Carter Center

The Carter Center’s Malaria Control Program

Sleeping Children

Sleeping Children under a Mosquito Net. Source: the Carter Center.

The Carter Center is combating malaria in Ethiopia by helping to provide three million mosquito nets free-of-charge to many at-risk communities. Families in the Amhara; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region; and Oromiya regions of Ethiopia are benefiting.


Thanks to the Coleman Camping Company for donating this hat and a mosquito net.

Since mosquitoes that transmit malaria bite only at night, the protection provided by sleeping under an mosquito net impregnated with insecticides can be crucial in preventing the disease. Hung over sleeping areas and tucked under the mattress, the nets are made from insecticide-coated fabric that kills insects that land on it as they attempt to bite the sleeper below.

The Atlanta-based not-for-profit Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to advance peace and health worldwide.

The Carter Center lent a long-lasting insecticidal bed net to the Screening for Health Reflections exhibit. At the close of the exhibit, the bed net will be returned to the Center before it is sent to Ethiopia to protect a family from malaria.

Mosquito nets are an excellent defense against biting insects. Some nets are as small as this special hat, designed by to be worn by campers, hunters, gardeners – anyone who wants protection from flies, mosquitoes, and other insects.



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