West Africans Try Treated Bed Nets, New Drugs to Combat Malaria

Oct 31, 2009 | Voice of America

Here near Senegal's Atlantic coastline, in the small suburb, Darou Salam City — population 9,000 — men are being shown for the first time how to treat bed nets.

A local association, called "Jappalente," which means intercommunity help, also sells a kit with a button-sized insecticide tab and chemical for about 10 cents.

Wearing masks and plastic gloves, women are taught how to pound the tablet and mix it with the chemical and half a liter of water. They then pour the solution and massage it into colorful bed nets they bring, before laying them out to dry.

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