Inequalities in purchase of mosquito nets and willingness to pay for insecticide-treated nets in Nigeria: challenges for malaria control interventions


Onwujekwe, O; Hanson, K; Fox-Rushby, J; (2004) Inequalities in purchase of mosquito nets and willingness to pay for insecticide-treated nets in Nigeria: challenges for malaria control interventions. Malar J, 3 (1). p. 6. ISSN 1475-2875 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-3-6

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the equity implications of insecticide-treated nets (ITN) distribution programmes that are based on user charges. METHODS: A questionnaire was used to collect information on previous purchase of untreated nets and hypothetical willingness to pay (WTP) for ITNs from a random sample of householders. A second survey was conducted one month later to collect information on actual purchases of ITNs. An economic status index was used for characterizing inequity. MAJOR FINDINGS: The lower economic status quintiles were less likely to have previously purchased untreated nets and also had a lower hypothetical and actual WTP for ITNs. CONCLUSION: ITN distribution programmes need to take account of the diversity in WTP for ITNs if they are to ensure equity in access to the nets. This could form part of the overall poverty reduction strategy.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
PubMed ID: 15023234
Web of Science ID: 221407200003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/14778

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