Africa: Push to prevent malaria through affordable home spray

| February 8, 2016

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The health agency UNITAID and non-profit group IVCC announced last week that 50 million people in 16 African countries will have access to new, low-cost, anti-mosquito sprays over the next four years.

The new sprays will boost malaria control and combat resistance to existing insecticides. The organizations behind the initiative say mosquitoes carrying malaria are growing increasingly resistant to older insecticide products.

Lelio Marmora is the executive director of UNITAID. Mr. Marmora says: “Unless newer insecticides are used, we run the risk of considerable reversals in the fight against malaria. If the resistance continues to spread unabated, there could be 120,000 more deaths from malaria a year.”

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