2015 Volume 43 Issue 2 Pages 95-100
In Lao PDR, the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) evaluates bednet coverage, often at the village level, using a coverage target of one net per 2.5 (or fewer) persons in a given population. However, in villages that meet the target, not all households necessarily meet the target or utilize all available bednets. This study explored households that fell short of the target and household utilization of bednets in villages that met the target of bednet coverage set by the NMCP. The person per net ratio (PPNR), which is defined as the population divided by the number of available bednets in a household/village, was used to determine whether a household/village met the NMCP target. Using a household survey, we collected and analyzed the data of 635 households in 17 villages in Xepon district in 2012. Households that fell short of the target (households with a PPNR of > 2.5 or no bednet) existed in every village. The proportion of these households differed greatly among the villages, ranging from 3.4–50%, with some households falling far short. Of the 635 households, 275 (43.5%) had at least one bednet that was not being used on the night preceding the survey and 131 (20.6%) had at least two. In conclusion, in villages that met the NMCP target, a considerable number of households fell short of the target, and the available bednets were not fully utilized in many of the surveyed households.