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Not Open Access | Ownership and Use of Insecticide-Treated Nets under Ghana's National Malaria Control Program: What are the correlates

October 16, 2021 - 20:17 -- NOT Open Access
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Author(s): 
Bawuah A, Ampaw S
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Bawuah A, Ampaw S Trop Med Int Health. 2021 Oct 12

Ghana’s National Malaria Control Program distributes free insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) as a malaria control measure. Some households with the ITN do not use it, however. This paper explores the socioeconomic and demographic determinants of ITN ownership and use among Ghanaian families.

Acceptance and perceived value of non-invasive malaria diagnostic tests in malaria-endemic countries

October 9, 2021 - 20:15 -- Open Access
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Ewurama Dedea Ampadu Owusu, Ana Campillo, Jennifer Daily and Xavier C. Ding
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Malaria Journal 2021 20:379,24 September 2021

The diagnosis of malaria, using microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), requires the collection of capillary blood. This procedure is relatively simple to perform but invasive and poses potential risks to patients and health workers, arising from the manipulation of potentially infectious bodily fluids. Less or non-invasive diagnostic tests, based on urine, saliva or requiring no sampling, have the potential to generate less discomfort for the patient and to offer simpler and less risky testing procedures that could be safely performed by untrained staff or even self-performed. To explore the potential acceptance and perceived value of such non-invasive tests, an online, international survey was conducted to gather feedback from National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) representatives.

Detecting Malaria Hotspots in Haiti, a Low-Transmission Setting

April 22, 2021 - 08:17 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Dismer AM, Lemoine JF, Baptiste MJ, Mace KE, Impoinvil D, Vanden Eng J, Chang MA
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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Apr 19:tpmd200465

In 2006, Haiti committed to malaria elimination when the transmission was thought to be low, but before robust national parasite prevalence estimates were available. In 2011, the first national population-based survey confirmed the national malaria parasite prevalence was < 1%. In both 2014 and 2015, Haiti reported approximately 17,000 malaria cases identified passively at health facilities. To detect malaria transmission hotspots for targeting interventions, the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) piloted an enhanced geographic information surveillance system in three departments with relatively high-, medium-, and low-transmission areas.

Capacity of National Malaria Control Programmes to implement vector surveillance: a global analysis

November 24, 2020 - 14:50 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Tanya L. Russell, Robert Farlow, Myo Min, Effie Espino, Abraham Mnzava and Thomas R. Burkot
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Malaria Journal 2020 19:422, 23 November 2020

Solving the problem of malaria requires a highly skilled workforce with robust infrastructure, financial backing and sound programme management coordinated by a strategic plan. Here, the capacity of National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) was analysed to identify the strengths and weaknesses underpinning the implementation of vector surveillance and control activities by the core elements of programme capacity, being strategic frameworks, financing, human resources, logistics and infrastructure, and information systems.

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