Investigating Fishing with Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets in the Upper Zambezi River

February 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Falk College, MacNaughton Hall, Room 411
150 Crouse Dr
Syracuse, NY 13244
Katie Gratien

Please join the Falk College Research Center for a Research Colloquium titled “Investigating Fishing with Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets in the Upper Zambezi River” on Friday, February 1, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in MacNaughton Hall, Room 411. Presenters are David Larsen, Public Health, and Rick Welsh, Food Studies.

Sandwiches and salad served during presentation. Please RSVP and let us know if you require accommodations by January 23, 2019 to Katie Gratien at 315-443-5929 or


The insecticide-treated mosquito net (ITN) is a crucial component of malaria control programs, and has prevented many malaria cases and deaths due to scale up. ITNs also serve effectively as fishing nets and various sources have reported extensive use of ITNs for fishing.

We investigated the use or not of ITNs as fishing nets in Western Province, Zambia- a malaria endemic region. To do so we conducted in-depth interviews with Zambian federal government and African Parks International personnel as well as with members of the traditional leadership from the Barotse Royal Establishment in Western Province, Zambia. We also conducted a desk review of survey data to show trends in malaria indicators, nutritional status of the population and fish consumption in the region.

All the agency personnel and the traditional leadership indicated that use of ITNs in Western Province was widespread and damaging the fisheries. Review of the survey data revealed that malaria infections in the region have stopped declining and protein, especially fish, consumption has declined.