Bednets are the most efficient tool against malaria. Distributing them to families in Rwanda is a good way to protect the members of the family receiving them. If the bednet is impregnated, it can also give protection to the people not sleeping under it, but next to it as mosquitoes coming into contact with it may be disabled or killed, thus unable to transmit malaria. Malaria is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and children under 5 years of age.
This exhibit takes the viewer through the first steps of a family receiving a net (often given to a senior woman in the household), with instructions to explain to the children of the household on how to use it. The family members then open the net, unfold it, hang it, and start using it as a daily tool of malaria prevention.
This project was realized in collaboration with Vestergaard Frandsen SA, the leading manufacturer of disease-control textiles, including long-lasting insecticide-impregnated bednets.
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