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The electrification-malaria nexus: the case of rural Uganda

The electrification-malaria nexus: the case of rural Uganda

Pellegrini, Lorenzo and Tasciotti, Luca ORCID: 0000-0003-2561-5530 (2016) The electrification-malaria nexus: the case of rural Uganda. European Journal of Development Research, 28 (4). pp. 521-535. ISSN 0957-8811 (Print), 1743-9728 (Online) (doi:

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Sub-Saharan countries are facing multiple simultaneous challenges that include the need to both increase access to electricity and combat morbidity and mortality caused by malaria. This study is the first to explore the nexus between electrification and malaria incidence using country-wide representative household-level data. The focus is on rural Uganda. Despite the fact that data used in this analysis come from a multi-topic survey and therefore do not include the ideal indicators for a malaria-related study, we do find evidence that household members having access to electricity are more likely to experience malaria. Our interpretation is that electric light attracts malaria vectors and that lifestyle changes associated with outdoor lighting increase human exposure to the vectors. Our findings suggest that the electrification process in Uganda should be complemented by anti-malaria strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electrification, malaria, Uganda, household data, probit analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 11:50

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