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PMI Supports Use of Insecticide-treated Nets
to Prevent Malaria
In Africa, malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes that bite predominantly at night. Therefore, sleeping under an insecticide-treated net (ITN) can greatly reduce the risk of infection because ITNs repel mosquitoes and kill those that land on them. Increasing ownership and use of ITNs is a key component of PMI's prevention strategy. PMI's approach to increasing coverage of nets follows these general principles: targeting populations most vulnerable to malaria - children under the age of five and pregnant women - while working to expand to universal coverage for all at risk of malaria; working to remove cost as a barrier to ownership; sustaining high ITN coverage through routine distribution through antenatal and child health clinics; supporting mass ITN campaigns; and promoting consistent use through behavior change communication.