Malaria and bed nets: What do we mean when we talk about net use?
Bed nets are the cornerstone of the current fight against malaria, responsible for two-thirds of the reduction in burden over the last several decades. This presentation will delve into the details of how, when, and where people use their nets, the factors that influence net use behaviour, and what that means for how long nets can be expected to protect people. Both macro and micro lenses will be applied, discussing the data that we have available today, and the data we will need tomorrow to continue to inform decisions about how, when, and where we deploy these life-saving tools.
Dr Hannah Koenker, Technical Director, Tropical Health LLP
Dr Hannah Koenker’s work has focused on design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning for malaria programmes using both quantitative and qualitative methods to answer key operational questions. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH) at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Her work has contributed to global policy on insecticide-treated net (ITN) distribution and use. Her research focuses on appropriate quantification for ITN distribution through multiple channels, and on issues related to ITN use, including durability, net care, user preferences, behaviour change, and household decision-making and prioritization. She designed and developed www.itnuse.org, which summarises trends in ITN use over time. She was previously the Project Director for US President Malaria Initiative funded VectorWorks, a five-year $60m global project for improving ITN access and use, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs.
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