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Parents' perception on cause of malaria and their malaria prevention experience among school-aged children in Kutcha district, Southern Ethiopia; qualitative study

October 14, 2020 - 12:37 -- Open Access
Zerdo Z, Van Geertruyden JP, Massebo F, Biresaw G, Shewangizawu M, Tunje A, Chisha Y, Yohanes T, Bastiaens H, Anthierens S
PLoS One. 2020 Oct 13;15(10):e0239728

School-aged children become a highly vulnerable group for malaria, yet they are less likely to use malaria prevention interventions. Previous studies exploring perception on cause of malaria mainly focused on pregnant mothers or parents of children under age five years. Exploring parent’s perception on cause of malaria and their experiences on the prevention of malaria and associated challenges among school-aged children is important to develop a malaria prevention education package for school-aged children to reduce malaria and malaria related morbidities among school-aged children.

Nanobiotechnological modules as molecular target tracker for the treatment and prevention of malaria: options and opportunity

May 19, 2020 - 14:12 -- Open Access
Anamika J, Nikhar V, Laxmikant G, Priya S, Sonal V, Vyas SP
Drug Deliv Transl Res. 2020 May 7

Malaria is one of the major infectious diseases that remains a constant challenge to human being mainly due to the emergence of drug-resistant strains of parasite and also the availability of drugs, which are non-specific for their pharmacodynamic activity and known to be associated with multiple side effects. The disease has acquired endemic proportions in tropical countries where the hygienic conditions are not satisfactory while the environmental conditions favor the proliferation of parasite and its transmission, particularly through the female anopheles.

“We have this, with my husband, we live in harmony”: exploring the gendered decision-making matrix for malaria prevention and treatment in Nampula Province, Mozambique

March 31, 2020 - 15:59 -- Open Access
Zoe Jane-Lara Hildon, Maria Escorcio-Ymayo, Rose Zulliger, Rosario Arias de Aramburú, Nan Lewicky, Hunter Harig, Jose Braz Chidassicua, Carol Underwood, Liliana Pinto and Maria Elena Figueroa
Malaria Journal 2020 19:133, 30 March 2020

Conceptualizing gender dynamics and ways of bridging entrenched gender roles will contribute to better health promotion, policy and planning. Such processes are explored in relation to malaria in Mozambique.

Validity and reliability of a Hausa language questionnaire assessing information, motivation and Behavioural skills for malaria prevention during pregnancy

March 25, 2020 - 14:51 -- Open Access
Balami AD, Said SM, Zulkefli NM, Bachok N, Audu BM
BMC Public Health. 2020 Mar 24;20(1):384

Many studies on malaria knowledge, attitude and practice among pregnant women have been conducted in Hausa speaking communities in Nigeria. Despite this, no standard and uniform instrument for assessing this important public health problem has been developed in the Hausa language, even though it is widely spoken. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire in Hausa language assessing information, motivation, and behavioural skills for malaria prevention during pregnancy.

Characterizing the Spatial Determinants and Prevention of Malaria in Kenya

December 23, 2019 - 14:57 -- Open Access
Gopal S, Ma Y, Xin C, Pitts J, Were L
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 5078

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure health and well-being for all at all ages with a specific target to end malaria by 2030. Aligned with this goal, the primary objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of utilizing local spatial variations to uncover the statistical relationships between malaria incidence rate and environmental and behavioral factors across the counties of Kenya.

Guidance for Using Tafenoquine for Prevention and Antirelapse Therapy for Malaria - United States, 2019

November 30, 2019 - 20:08 -- Open Access
Haston JC, Hwang J, Tan KR.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Nov 22;68(46):1062-1068.

This report summarizes the published efficacy and safety evidence for the recommended doses for both indications and provides guidance for the use of tafenoquine in the United States. A more comprehensive review of the literature on tafenoquine along with the biologic rationale for its use has been published elsewhere (10).

Health system, socio-cultural, economic, environmental and individual factors influencing bed net use in the prevention of malaria in pregnancy in two Ghanaian regions

November 19, 2019 - 06:09 -- Open Access
Matilda Aberese-Ako, Pascal Magnussen, Gifty D. Ampofo and Harry Tagbor
Malaria Journal 2019 18:363, 12 November 2019

Improving maternal health remains a priority to the Ghanaian government. Consequently, it has implemented the World Health Organization recommendation of distributing free long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to pregnant women—one of the effective strategies to combating malaria in pregnancy. However, the burden of negative outcomes of malaria in pregnancy such as low birth weight and miscarriages is still high. This may be related to the health system, socio-cultural and economic dynamics that influence LLIN use, but their role is not well understood. This ethnographic study sought to understand health system, socio-cultural, economic and environmental dynamics in utilization of LLINs among pregnant women in two Ghanaian regions.


Health education through mass media announcements by loudspeakers about malaria care: prevention and practice among people living in a malaria endemic area of northern Myanmar

November 18, 2019 - 16:31 -- Open Access
Pyae Linn Aung, Tepanata Pumpaibool, Than Naing Soe, Jessica Burgess, Lynette J. Menezes, Myat Phone Kyaw and Liwang Cui
Malaria Journal 2019 18:362, 12 November 2019

Interventions to raise community awareness about malaria prevention and treatment have used various approaches with little evidence on their efficacy. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of loudspeaker announcements regarding malaria care and prevention practices among people living in the malaria endemic villages of Banmauk Township, Sagaing Region, Myanmar.


Column: looking for good news on the road to zero malaria deaths

January 23, 2014 - 20:40 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar. 
Traveller, there is no road. We make the road by walking.
Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
By George Jagoe
In 2011, RBM revised one of its key objectives for the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP):  it called for reducing “global malaria deaths to near zero by end 2015”. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Robert Newman, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme commented:  “Reducing malaria deaths to near-zero is the right goal, a goal that we need to make every conceivable effort to achieve. But, let us be clear, it is also a wildly ambitious goal.” (1)

Open Access | Prozone in malaria rapid diagnostics tests: how many cases are missed?

June 16, 2011 - 07:51 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Gillet P, Scheirlinck A, Stokx J, De Weggheleire A, Chauque HS, Canhanga ODJV, Tadeu BT, Mosse CDD, Tiago A, Mabunda S, Bruggeman C, Bottieau E, Jacobs J
Malaria Journal 2011, 10:166 (15 June 2011)

Prozone occurs at different frequency and intensity in HRP-2 RDTs and may decrease diagnostic accuracy in the most affected RDTs.

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