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mosquito net that migrates towards the poor

Stuff send abroad, like food, sometimes gets hijacked and then goes to the well off. Perhaps mosquito nets get diverted to areas far from swamps where they have higher unit effectiveness. A mosquito net with a repairable hole would be ignored by the affluent and accumulate among those with less money. They take 1 minute to fix it and have a mosquito net that would have otherwise been diverted.
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Stuff send abroad, like food, sometimes gets hijacked and then goes to the well off. I have heard of relief food making its way to markets, government workers, or those the government favors.

Mosquito nets are most effective near swamps, where some of the least affluent people live. Like other things, it is possible the mosquito nets get diverted. It is even imaginable that some swamp dwellers might swap a mosquito net for money.

So how about a mosquito net the affluent would not have in their house? One with holes, or perhaps vaguely unfashionable? A mosquito net with a repairable hole would be ignored by the affluent and accumulate among those with less money.

The hole would have a quick repair with tape or thread, or possibly even a couple twigs. Even if they were confused about the hole the unfashionable mosquito nets could be 95% or better effective.

Other charitable products could also be rethought to migrate towards the poor rather than away from them

a sensible person would have to measure the amount of net diversion and balance that against only being 97% effective as used to make sure it saves more lives.

beanangel, Mar 19 2018

Unintended Consequences http://journals.plo...ournal.pone.0191519
When mosquito nets reach the poor, your troubles aren't over ... [pertinax, Mar 19 2018]

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       Interesting...
FlyingToaster, Mar 19 2018
  

       //So how about a mosquito net the affluent would have in their house? // Was that what you meant to say?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 19 2018
  

       "Jeeves, round up some child labour, I have some threads to sew"   

       Whoops, that's unintended writings.
wjt, Mar 20 2018
  

       // Mosquito nets are most effective near swamps, where some of the least affluent people live. //   

       ... because that's where the mosquitoes are.   

       // it is possible the mosquito nets get diverted. //   

       It is not easy to repurpose a mosquito net.   

       // It is even imaginable that some swamp dwellers might swap a mosquito net for money. //   

       The motive most likely being hunger.   

       // So how about a mosquito net the affluent would not have in their house? One with holes, //   

       A net without holes is called a "sheet".   

       // or perhaps vaguely unfashionable? //   

       Do Calvin Klein or Gucci sell mosquito nets ?   

       // A mosquito net with a repairable hole would be ignored by the affluent and accumulate among those with less money. //   

       We are not convinced by your reasoning. The affluent could no doubt get a less affluent person to reassemble two repairable nets into one good one.   

       // The hole would have a quick repair with tape or thread, or possibly even a couple twigs. //   

       Twigs are likely to be freely available. Thread possibly, tape not so much.   

       // Even if they were confused about the hole the unfashionable mosquito nets //   

       Are you suggesting that mosquitoes have fashion sense ?   

       // could be 95% or better effective. //   

       Is a 1 in 20 chance of a mosquito bite a useful reduction in odds ?
8th of 7, Mar 20 2018
  

       It’s true, I went to live in a swamp once and saw nobody affluent, but plenty of effluent. Crouching over my mosquito net ‘toilet sieve’ I added some more . (there be good beans and stuff in there to be had and reused or sold on- especially if like me you’re a poor coeliac) so I set up my little shop . Those were in me really poor days - I’m slightly richer now, and use a colander
DDRopDeadly, Mar 20 2018
  

       // I’m slightly richer now, and use a colander //   

       Did the use of the colander preceed or follow the improvement in your financial circumstances ?
8th of 7, Mar 20 2018
  

       If you have a mosquito net with bigger holes it ca be better than you think..my holes were so big it use to let in ghekkos which ate the mosquitos. Finally the hole got so big it let my wife in and the mosquitos all went for her
DDRopDeadly, Mar 20 2018
  

       Sorry, rambling
DDRopDeadly, Mar 20 2018
  

       Hello [8th] you snuck that one in.. I think the collander made me rich. Although no good in panning for gold. Beans , yes - learned that as p.o.w.
DDRopDeadly, Mar 20 2018
  

       Person. Of. Wobbles. (colly wobbles)
DDRopDeadly, Mar 20 2018
  

       //It is not easy to repurpose a mosquito net.//   

       I heard that the expensive, insecticide-laced mosquito-nets charities gave away tended to be used as fishing nets, amongst other things. A quick web search confirmed this - and it turns out pertinax's link is relevant.
Loris, Mar 20 2018
  

       Bun for pertinax
RayfordSteele, Mar 20 2018
  

       It’d probably be better if the mosquitos were the things that migrated away, rather than a net migrating here and there.   

       There must indubitably be a way of ‘faking environmental cues’ in probably exactly the same way the pied piper used, except without using a pipe, nor any pies.
Ian Tindale, Mar 25 2018
  

       [xen]'s pretty hot on // ‘faking environmental cues’ // like claiming that climate change is purely anthropogenic, and indeed is the sole responsibility of one Mr. D. Trump, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.   

       So fooling creatures with brains the size of a mosquito should be child's play. They're already Greenpeace subscribers and Democratic voters, the rest is easy.
8th of 7, Mar 25 2018
  
      
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