Decoding perceptions, barriers, and motivators of net care and repair in Tanzania
The objectives of this project are:
- To understand the local understanding of net care and repair behaviours in Tanzania.
- To investigate actions associated with different net damage attributes (number, size and location of holes).
- To elucidate motivators and barriers to repairing nets.
- To explore perceptions of how to overcome barriers to net care and repair.
The project aims to explore local perceptions and practices of net care and repair in the Lindi region after continuous mosquito net distribution through the School Net Programme. As fewer nets are provided to communities for free due to diminishing donor commitment, personal responsibility in net care and repair is becoming ever more important. We need to understand the language required to motivate, barriers that need to be addressed and the target audience for Behavioural-Change Campaigns to extend the useful lifespan of nets inside households, thereby reducing the required frequency of net replacements. This will not only reduce malaria morbidity and mortality but it will also save the National Malaria Control Program money by lowering the costs required for net procurement, logistics and distributions.