Alison and I are very pleased to have recently published an article in the Malaria Journal which describes the malaria project that OSI supported in the summer of 2007-2008. The study demonstrates that providing incentives to households to use mosquito nets can boost the use substantially and may offer a potential tool for reducing malaria-related mortality in groups that are especially vulnerable such as pregnant women and children under 5 years of age.
Effect of incentives on insecticide-treated bed net use in sub-Saharan Africa: a cluster randomized trial in Madagascar
Krezanoski PJ, Comfort AB, Hamer DH
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:186 (27 June 2010)
For an abstract and pdf:http://www.malariajournal.com/content/9/1/186/abstract
Our next step is to try to find funding for a larger effective study to study whether these targeted incentives may be a more efficient way to save lives than traditional education campaigns, especially in epidemic, refugee and other emergency situations.