Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LIINs) have proven to be an effective means of malaria prevention when they are used correctly and regularly. The nets are treated with a WHO approved insecticide and kill or repel infected night time biting mosquitoes when they come into contact with the net. Insecticide is combined in the fibres of the net instead of being dipped in and left to dry, as is done with ordinary Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs). Therefore, LLINs are more resistant than ITNs and do not have to be retreated which is costly and time consuming.
Mass distribution of LLINs has proved highly effective in malaria epidemics, providing vital life-saving protection against malaria.
An LLIN distribution campaign involves:
- A survey to establish the need for LLINs
- Delivery of LLINs
- Promoting the use of LLINs through education and behavioural change techniques