Spray Operators on the Front Lines Against Malaria in Zimbabwe

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Before the rainy reason, Soneni dons her protective yellow suit, straps an insecticide pump on her back and joins one of Zimbabwe’s Spray Operator teams. By spraying homes in high-risk areas, distributing mosquito nets and providing effective medicines to treat malaria, Zimbabwe has sharply reduced the number of people falling ill or dying of the disease. In some countries, efforts are being made to include more women like Soneni, as studies show that women are especially effective as spray operators, and are refused entry to homes less often.

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