USAID Supports Mass Net Distribution Exercises in Western Kenya to Reduce Cases of Malaria

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Mass Net Distribution exercise in Western Kenya on September 27.  This program is carried out every five years and involves members of the public receiving bed nets to protect them against malaria carrying mosquitos.

In order to be eligible to receive a net, community members registered first.  One net was given out for every two people.  Local health workers and county officers gave instructions and answered questions regarding mosquito nets and how people can protect themselves from getting malaria.

Various net distribution points were set up around Siaya County at hospitals or churches.  Using treated bed nets at night can reduce the chances of being bitten by a malaria carrying mosquito.