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Effectiveness of the school-based social and behaviour change communication interventions on insecticide-treated nets utilization among primary school children in rural Ethiopia: a controlled quasi-experimental design

January 13, 2021 - 10:29 -- Open Access
Fira Abamecha, Morankar Sudhakar, Lakew Abebe, Yohannes Kebede, Guda Alemayehu and Zewdie Birhanu
Malaria Journal 2021 20:41, 13 January 2021

School-based behaviour change communication interventions could help to achieve behavioural changes in the school and enhance the enrollment of the students and teachers as health messengers to local communities. Evidence on the impacts of the school-engaged malaria preventive interventions are limited as far as the social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) is concerned. This study examined the effectiveness of the school-based SBCC approach on insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) utilization among primary school students in malaria-endemic settings of Ethiopia.

Determinants of uptake of malaria preventive interventions among pregnant women in eastern Uganda

January 6, 2021 - 11:43 -- Open Access
Solomon Tsebeni Wafula, Hilbert Mendoza, Aisha Nalugya, David Musoke and Peter Waiswa
Malaria Journal 2021 20:5, 3 January 2021

Consistent use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) have been recommended as cost-effective interventions for malaria prevention during pregnancy in endemic areas. However, the coverage and utilization of these interventions during pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa is still suboptimal. This study aimed to determine the uptake of IPTp and ITNs and associated factors among women during their recent pregnancy in Eastern Uganda.

Malaria and COVID-19: unmasking their ties

December 23, 2020 - 09:55 -- Open Access
Mogahed Ismail Hassan Hussein, Ahmed Abdalazim Dafallah Albashir, Omer Ali Mohamed Ahmed Elawad and Anmar Homeida
Malaria Journal 2020 19:457, 23 December 2020

The incidence and mortality of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization reports, shows a noticeable difference between North America, Western Europe, and South Asia on one hand and most African countries on the other hand, especially the malaria-endemic countries. Although this observation could be attributed to limited testing capacity, mitigation tools adopted and cultural habits, many theories have been postulated to explain this difference in prevalence and mortality. Because death tends to occur more in elders, both the role of demography, and how the age structure of a population may contribute to the difference in mortality rate between countries were discussed.

Cost-Effectiveness of PBO versus Conventional Long-Lasting Insecticidal Bed Nets in Preventing Symptomatic Malaria in Nigeria: Results of a Pragmatic Randomized Trial

December 23, 2020 - 08:31 -- Open Access
Shepard DS, Odumah JU, Awolola ST
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Dec 21

Insecticide treated nets (ITNs) have been the major tool in halving malaria's burden since 2000, but pyrethroid insecticide resistance threatens their ongoing effectiveness. In 2017, the WHO concluded that long-lasting ITNs (LLINs) with a synergist, piperonyl butoxide (PBO), provided additional public health benefit over conventional (pyrethroid-only) LLINs alone in areas of moderate insecticide resistance and endorsed them as a new class of vector control products. We performed an economic appraisal of PBO nets compared with conventional LLINs in 2019 US$ from prevention and health systems perspectives (including treatment cost offsets).

Susceptibility of Anopheles gambiae from Côte d’Ivoire to insecticides used on insecticide-treated nets: evaluating the additional entomological impact of piperonyl butoxide and chlorfenapyr

December 15, 2020 - 16:06 -- Open Access
Bernard L. Kouassi, Constant Edi, Emmanuel Tia, Lucien Y. Konan, Maurice A. Akré, Alphonsine A. Koffi, Allassane F. Ouattara, Antoine Mea Tanoh, Pascal Zinzindohoue, Blaise Kouadio, McKenzie Andre, Seth R. Irish, Jennifer Armistead, Dereje Dengela, Ndombour G. Cissé, Cecilia Flatley
Malaria Journal 2020 19:454, 9 December 2020

Pyrethroid-treated mosquito nets are currently the mainstay of vector control in Côte d’Ivoire. However, resistance to pyrethroids has been reported across the country, limiting options for insecticide resistance management due to the paucity of alternative insecticides. Two types of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), ITNs with pyrethroids and the synergist piperonyl butoxide (PBO), and Interceptor®G2 nets, a net treated with a combination of chlorfenapyr and alpha-cypermethrin, are believed to help in the control of pyrethroid-resistant mosquitoes.

Estimating malaria chemoprevention and vector control coverage using program and campaign data: A scoping review of current practices and opportunities

December 2, 2020 - 08:41 -- Open Access
Nice J, Nahusenay H, Eckert E, Eisele TP, Ashton RA
J Glob Health. 2020 Dec;10(2):020413

Accurate estimation of intervention coverage is a vital component of malaria program monitoring and evaluation, both for process evaluation (how well program targets are achieved), and impact evaluation (whether intervention coverage had an impact on malaria burden). There is growing interest in maximizing the utility of program data to generate interim estimates of intervention coverage in the periods between large-scale cross-sectional surveys (the gold standard). As such, this study aimed to identify relevant concepts and themes that may guide future optimization of intervention coverage estimation using routinely collected data, or data collected during and following intervention campaigns, with a particular focus on strategies to define the denominator.

Digitalized mass distribution campaign of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in the particular context of Covid-19 pandemic in Benin: challenges and lessons learned

November 25, 2020 - 12:47 -- Open Access
Rock Aïkpon, Cyriaque Affoukou, Aurore Ogouyemi Hounto, et al.
Malaria Journal 2020 19:431, 25 November 2020

In 2020, Benin has implemented a digitalized mass distribution campaign of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in the particular context of COVID-19 pandemic. This paper describes the implementation process as well as the challenges and lessons learned from this campaign.

Rural–urban variation in insecticide-treated net utilization among pregnant women: evidence from 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey

November 12, 2020 - 15:57 -- Open Access
Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Kenneth Setorwu Adde, Shadrach Dare and Sanni Yaya
Malaria Journal 2020 19:407, 11 November 2020

In 2018, Nigeria accounted for the highest prevalence of malaria worldwide. Pregnant women and children under five years bear the highest risk of malaria. Geographical factors affect utilization of insecticide-treated nets (ITN), yet existing literature have paid little attention to the rural–urban dimension of ITN utilization in Nigeria. This study aimed at investigating the rural–urban variation in ITN utilization among pregnant women in Nigeria using data from the 2018 Demographic and Health Survey.

Multisectoral Approach to Support Use of Insecticide-Treated Net for Malaria Prevention Among Mobile and Migrant Populations in Myanmar: A Systematic Review

November 3, 2020 - 15:22 -- Open Access
Naing C, Whittaker MA, Tanner M
J Infect Dis. 2020 Oct 29;222(Supplement_8):S717-S725

Myanmar is a premalaria elimination country with artemisinin-resistant malaria. A strategy for transmission control is focused on vulnerable groups such as mobile and migrant populations (MMPs), and includes improving access to insecticide-treated bed nets in the Myanmar artemisinin resistance containment (MARC) zones using multisectoral approaches (MSA).

NOT Open Access | Malaria Diagnosed in an Urban Setting Strongly Associated with Recent Overnight Travel: A Case-Control Study from Kampala, Uganda

August 27, 2020 - 08:03 -- NOT Open Access
Arinaitwe E, Mpimbaza A, Nankabirwa JI, Kamya V, Asiimwe A, Kuule JK, Kamya MR, Drakeley C, Dorsey G, Rosenthal PJ, Staedke SG
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Aug 24

Malaria is frequently diagnosed in urban Kampala, despite low transmission intensity. To evaluate the association between recent travel out of Kampala and malaria, we conducted a matched case-control study. Cases were febrile outpatients with a positive malaria test; controls were febrile outpatients with a negative test. For every two cases, five controls were selected, matching on age.


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