A new geospatial impact evaluation by AidData and other researchers uncovers large declines in child mortality from a national bednet campaign.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, finds that a national bednet distribution campaign in the DRC led to a 41% decline in mortality rates among children under five living in high-malaria areas. What’s more, the effect of the campaign was found to be strongest among the poorest 20% of households. The study examines whether the attributes of a specific location—important factors like the malaria ecology index, or how malaria-burdened an area is—affected how well the bednet program worked to reduce child mortality. It measures a lever that governments and aid donors can directly affect (access to a bednet program) rather than one that they can only indirectly influence, like ensuring household and individual use of bednets.