William Easterly of Aid Watch highlights an alternately fascinating and disheartening article in the Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper:

Mosquito net manufactures are teaming up with the provincial administration and village elders in several parts of Kenya in an effort to apprehend and prosecute people who use the products for purposes other than covering beds.

According to Dr Elizabeth Juma, who is the head of malaria control under the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, there has been evidence of people turning the nets into fishing gear especially in Nyanza Province. Now a different group has discovered another lucrative business venture, and are using the nets to make wedding dresses.

Juma goes on to say, “I think there is need for further sensitisation and education for the entire public to understand the importance of sleeping under insecticide treated mosquito nets,” and the article adds that “according to one of the net manufacturers, Vestergaard Frandsen (EA) Ltd, they are working with local administrators to trace and book such culprits.”

But there’s a ways to go on both fronts– just look at the reader comment posted beneath the Daily Nation’s article, decrying the effort to root out net disuse. It reads (in part), “When you buy a net and own it . . . you can use it in whatever . . . manner you wish.”

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