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Malaria nets shape up for resistance

Adding a flap on the top of an insecticide-treated bednet helps to intercept blood-seeking mosquitoes and allows a wider range of insecticides to be used together. Net buyers must now make a challenging decision for each target area: which net product will be most cost-effective, given the resistance in local vectors?

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Fig. 1: This new bednet design could improve LLIN performance and enable the use of new combinations of insecticides.

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Jo Lines was Coordinator of the Vector Control Unit of the Global Malaria Programme, WHO, Geneva, from 2009 to 2011. During this period, he led the development of the WHO’s Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in malaria vectors.

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Lines, J. Malaria nets shape up for resistance. Nat Microbiol 5, 6–7 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0646-8

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