The Mosquito Net and the Carter Center
The Carter Center’s Malaria Control Program
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.
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 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.