Monday, March 7, 2011
Mosquito Nets Used for Fishing
When we covered Malaria in class, we discussed the helpfulness of Insecticide Treated Nets and learned about non-profit organizations focused on ending Malaria, which raise money to send these nets to infected countries. However, one student shared that he visited one of these countries and learned that the nets are actually stolen by fishermen and are not reaching the people who need them most. After doing some research, I found that the student was absolutely right: these nets are being used for fishing because they are stronger than normal nets and do not disintegrate. This is especially prevalent in Kenya and Zambia, but is a problem in many other countries as well. According to malariaworld.org, "This phenomena has caused an increase in the malaria prevalence rate along the coastlines of various African countries."