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THE WIDESPREAD PROMOTION OF IMPREGNATED BEDNETS IN BENIN. A COMMUNITY BASED INITIATIVE: THE TONTINE BEDNET
R. Kiniffo, S. Tohon & A. Massougbodji


SUMMARY
In Benin, the widespread promotion of materials treated with insecticides is subject to major constraints: geographic accessibility and financial accessibility. Management of this is via three sectors: private public and informally. The method of dissemination used leads to a concentration of offers at the urban level. The study carried out describes the process instituted at the community level taking the sociocultural context into account and with regard to the economic situation.
The involvement of the group is based on an existing community group: organised women's groups working in food processing. The system set up aims to achieve the following objective: impregnated mosquito nets for all families between now and the year 2000. This community based initiative will be subject to half-yearly monitoring. A means of following-up/monitoring of the promotion of impregnated mosquito nets is set out. This approach consists of five determining factors: demand geographic accessibility, financial accessibility, use and availability.


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