Decoding Perceptions, Barriers, and Motivators of Net Care and Repair in Tanzania

Decoding Perceptions, Barriers, and Motivators of Net Care and Repair in Tanzania


  1. To understand local understanding of net care and repair behaviours in Tanzania.
  2. To investigate actions associated with different net damage attributes (number, size and location of holes).
  3. To elucidate motivators and barriers to repairing nets.
  4. To explore perceptions on how to overcome barriers to net care and repair.

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Principal Investigator (PI)

Funding source(s)



The project aims to explore local perceptions and practices of net care and repair in the Lindi region after continuous mosquito net distribution through the School Net Programme. As fewer nets are provided to communities for free due to diminishing donor commitment, personal responsibility in net care and repair is becoming ever more important. We need to understand the language required to motivate, barriers that need to be addressed and the target audience for Behavioural-Change Campaigns to extend the useful life span of nets inside households, thereby reducing the required frequency of net replacements. This will not only reduce malaria morbidity and mortality but it will also save the National Malaria Control Program money by lowering the costs required for net procurement, logistics and distributions.

Care and repair of bed nets: perceptions, barriers and motivators associated with care and repair of mosquito nets in Tanzania

Key facts

  • Dates
    Dec 2015 to Dec 2016
    Funding amount
    • Tanzania, United Republic of

MESA tags

  • Methodology
    Entomology, Operational research, Social science