Each night before turning in we put it down. Each morning when we get up we put it up.
The mosquito net.
We stopped taking anti-malarial drugs fairly early on – the risk to the body of long term use is far greater than the risk of contracting the disease. With suitable precautions it should not be an issue.
Malaria is a disease carried by the female of just one species of mosquito (Anopheles) and thee are many different species of mosquito. Furthermore you have to have been bitten by a mosquito which has recently bitten someone with Malaria.
Here in town and working in a school this is highly unlikely that this will happen. With good health malaria is not nice, but it is not a killer either. The use of repellant (DEET), a fan (mosquitoes like still air) and a net combine to reduce the risk at night.
A mosquito net covers the bed. Our net is attached to a frame suspended from the ceiling. This is a bit of a pain as it is a little small for the bed – it is stretched a little bit works provided the bed is not moved. Our net is not walk-in nor does it surround the bed as some do. This means we need to put it up and down which can be a pain.
A better option we will consider soon is attaching a T-bone to either end of the bed (a T-shaped piece of wood at both ends) and suspending a net from this. If the arms of the “T” are long enough it should surround the bed more effectively.
For now our net keeps us safe each night.