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Surveillance

Assessing the role of the private sector in surveillance for malaria elimination in Haiti and the Dominican Republic: a qualitative study

December 10, 2019 - 10:58 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Sidibe A, Maglior A, Bennett A, et al.
Reference: 
Malar J. 2019 Dec 5; 18(1):408

Haiti and the Dominican Republic (DR) are targeting malaria elimination by 2022. The private health sector has been relatively unengaged in these efforts, even though most primary health care in Haiti is provided by non-state actors, and many people use traditional medicine. Data on private health sector participation in malaria elimination efforts are lacking, as are data on care-seeking behaviour of patients in the private health sector. This study sought to describe the role of private health sector providers, care-seeking behaviour of individuals at high risk of malaria, and possible means of engaging the private health sector in Hispaniola’s malaria elimination efforts.

Mosquitoes as a feasible sentinel group for anti-malarial resistance surveillance by Next Generation Sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum

October 22, 2019 - 17:00 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Rebecca Smith-Aguasca, Himanshu Gupta, Estefania Uberegui, Mara Maquina, Francisco Saute, Krijn P. Paaijmans, Alfredo Mayor and Silvie Huijben
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2019 18:351, 17 October 2019

Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance surveillance is key to successful disease control and eradication. Contemporary methods that only allow determination of prevalence of resistance are expensive, time consuming and require ethical considerations. A newer method involving Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) permits obtaining frequency of resistance while allowing to detect minority variants in mixed infections. Here, NGS was tested for P. falciparum resistance marker detection in mosquito samples as a feasible and suitable alternative for molecular resistance surveillance. Anopheles funestus were collected in southern Mozambique using CDC light traps and manual collections. DNA was extracted from either whole mosquito, head-thorax and abdomen separately or pools of five mosquitoes. These samples were screened for P. falciparum and if positive for k13, pfcrt, pfmdr1, pfdhps and pfdhfr mutations related to anti-malarial drug resistance with Sanger sequencing and NGS.

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APMEN V Annual Meeting: Advancing the Agenda for Malaria Elimination in the Asia Pacific

March 20, 2013 - 21:09 -- Kelly Sanders

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) met for its fifth annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia from March 4 to 7, 2013.

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