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Woman holding young baby

Mosquito nets:

Fighting the war on Malaria

“We hang the net for me and my children to sleep under," says Lovette, a mother in Liberia. "I don't want mosquitoes to bite the children." Our malaria-prevention program is as simple as that. Plan International Canada teamed up with Liberian NGOs and Liberia's Ministry of Health on a campaign to reduce malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes. Liberia ranks among the least developed countries in the world, and malaria accounts for more than 40 per cent of visits to health clinics. The Ebola outbreak of 2013-15 burdened the country's health system even more, as it reduced access to health services. Malaria rates spiked. The heart of our campaign involved distributing 2.8-million, long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs), as well as increasing awareness about how malaria spreads and how it's prevented (through using LLINs on a nightly basis). Millions of nets are helping Liberians now, just as Lovette hopes.