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Fund mosquito nets to stop disease

Focus: Health

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IN 2016, Delhi saw an alarming rise in cases of chikungunya and dengue, both spread via mosquito bites. Fund protective nets for poor residents of an overcrowded, mosquito-infested colony in the capital.

Stagnant water and sewage are breeding grounds for mosquitoes that plague shanties and unauthorised colonies such as Delhi’s Sangam Vihar - one of Asia’s largest.

For effective prevention of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and chikungunya, the World Health Organisation recommends free distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) in low-income group areas prone to outbreaks.

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WHY INSECTICIDE TREATED MOSQUITO NETS MATTER

The WHO guidance for the use of LLINs dates back to 2007, issued to control malaria. While huge strides have been made in this regard, India lags behind - and has the third highest number of malaria deaths in the world. These nets not only keep mosquitoes away from their prey, but the insecticide also repels or kills bugs that come into contact with them. LLINs are effective for upto five years, and help reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Open sewers like the one above, in Sangam Vihar, are ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes
WHY SANGAM VIHAR

Chikitsa have already been providing curative health services for the residents of this colony, where there is no sewage system and open drains run alongside its paths. A preventative measure like this will reduce the burden and spread of these mosquito-borne diseases, to which children, pregnant women and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

There are lot of mosquitos in this area because we don't have proper sewer lines which leads to stagnant and dirty water... Monsoon season is very bad because the drains completely overflow into the road.

Gurpreet Kaur, 29, Sangam Vihar B-Block, New Delhi

India bears a huge burden of mosquito-borne diseases, contributing 34 per cent of global dengue and 11 per cent of global malaria cases.

Jyotika Sood, journalist, Down To Earth magazine, 2013

Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) have played an important role in the remarkable success in reducing malaria burden over the past decade. They are a core prevention tool, and widely used by people at risk of malaria.

Global Malaria Programme Recommendations, World Health Organisation, 2014
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Each mosquito net costs Rs 250. This Fundraiser aims to provide 1,000 to 1,200 LLINs for distribution to the low-income group community in Sangam Vihar. Chikitsa also plan to conduct awareness sessions on how to combat mosquito breeding in the area and collect information about all the beneficiaries to enable regular follow-ups to ensure correct and proper use of these mosquito nets.

Prevention is better than cure to ward off vector-borne diseases
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