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Nigeria was the first country scheduled to spray and to see results from the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project, USAID’s flagship anti-malaria spraying program, carried out by Abt Associates.
Fourteen countries are currently taking part in AIRS. Indoor residual spraying involves applying a long-acting insecticide on the walls and ceilings of houses to kill malaria-transmitting mosquitos, which tend to rest inside houses. AIRS in Nigeria was the first of the country programs to complete its initial round of spraying.
The project sprayed 61,903 dwellings located in the two AIRS Nigeria project areas – Nasarawa Eggon and Doma Local Government Areas (LGA). That’s 98% of the structures targeted during the 32-day long exercise, which concluded at the end of May.
“This was a true success,” said Blessing Osede, deputy chairman of the Doma LGA. She said several Doma area residents reported a significant decrease in mosquito bites after the spray. Osede’s house also was treated as part of the project. “Mosquitoes disappeared from my house three days after it was sprayed.”
The AIRS project emphasizes environmental compliance, including careful handling of chemicals and spraying equipment. AIRS also includes entomological monitoring with training of local staff to track insecticide resistance and to adjust spraying appropriately.
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