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“Maskandi experience”: exploring the use of a cultural song for community engagement in preparation for a pilot Sterile Insect Technique release programme for malaria vector control in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa 2019

May 6, 2021 - 07:05 -- Open Access
Pinky N. Manana, Sara Jewett, Jabulani Zikhali, Dumsani Dlamini, Nondumiso Mabaso, Zothile Mlambo, Roxanne Ngobese and Givemore Munhenga
Malaria Journal 2021 20:204, 28 April 2021

An assessment of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as a complementary malaria vector control tool, is at an advanced stage in South Africa. The technique involves the release of laboratory-reared sterilized male mosquitoes of the major malaria vector Anopheles arabiensis, raising social, ethical and regulatory concerns. Therefore, its implementation largely depends on community participation and acceptance. Against this background, it is critical that robust and effective community strategies are developed. This study describes the development of a cultural song to engage the community and increase awareness on SIT and malaria control in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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