Quality control of long-lasting insecticidal nets: are we neglecting it?

Karl, Stephan, Katusele, Michelle, Freeman, Timothy W., and Moore, Sarah J. (2021) Quality control of long-lasting insecticidal nets: are we neglecting it? Trends in Parasitology, 37 (7). pp. 610-621.

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Over 2.2 billion long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for malaria control have been delivered to recipient countries. LLINs are the largest single item in the global malaria control budget. To be eligible for donor-funded procurement and distribution schemes, LLIN products must attain and retain World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification status by passing safety, quality, and efficacy benchmarks. Predelivery inspections further test product quality before distribution. We have shown that, despite these quality-assurance measures, substandard LLINs were distributed in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for at least 6 years (2013–2019). Other countries may have received similar LLINs. Here, we discuss the most important weaknesses of the current LLIN quality-assurance framework that have made this possible.

Item ID: 70860
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-5007
Copyright Information: © Elsevier. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 03:20
FoR Codes: 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3401 Analytical chemistry > 340102 Bioassays @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 100%
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