Malaria Control and Elimination

Project Title: Project to Advance the Durability of Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Bed Nets (PADNET)

MCDI was awarded the Project to Advance the Durability of Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Bed Nets (PADNET) in October 2012 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Partial funding is provided by USAID’s Global Development Laboratory Operation’s Research project, which assesses the impact of both Behavior Change Communications (BCC) and repair kits in prolonging the useful life of Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) in South-East Benin. Project stakeholders include Cotonou’s Entomological Institute (CREC), Benin’s National Malaria Control Program (PNLP), the Center for Disease Control, and Oueme’s DDS.

Under PADNET, MDCI has conducted a baseline survey and developed a detailed operations research plan, created data collection systems using Android phablets, and procured and distributed LLINs. PADNET uses the Data for Action initiative funded by USAID’s Global Development Laboratory to disseminate actionable data aimed to frontline health workers and health managers at district, health zone, departmental and national level.

PADNET’s major accomplishments include the following:

  • Conducted monitoring rounds every 4-5 months to assess net integrity; results indicate that BCC is effective in the promotion of LLIN retention, the avoidance of excessive washing, and the promotion of hole repair and net use by children.
  • Requested by PNLP to provide advice on BCC to be conducted before, during and after the 2017 mass LLIN distribution campaign at the national level.
  • Continued dissemination of lessons learned within the sub-region, particularly with Ghana and Nigeria.

Country: Benin

Partners: Care Group Leaders

Funder: USAID

Duration: 2012 - 2017

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