The critical self-evaluation of programme performance has allowed the KZN malaria programme to plan to address key issues moving forward.
The 24-h mobile reporting system is user friendly and trained healthcare workers are willing to use the system, despite network limitations.
It was concluded that although risk communication on malaria prevention and treatment in young children should be aimed at caregivers, an age and culture appropriate song about malaria could be developed to help young children protect themselves.
Most participants were not positive that South Africa could achieve the malaria elimination goal by 2018, citing the high cross-border movements and lack of resources as key barriers.
Malar J. 2016; 15: 419.
Published online 2016 Aug 18. doi: 10.1186/s12936-016-1470-8
Towards malaria elimination in the MOSASWA (Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland) region
Devanand Moonasar, Rajendra Maharaj, Simon Kunene, Baltazar Candrinho, Francisco Saute, Nyasatu Ntshalintshali, and Natashia Morris corresponding author.
South Africa and Swaziland benefitted from the LSDI and were able to sustain malaria control and progress to the stage of elimination.
A predictive model based on environmental factors would be useful in the effort towards malaria elimination by fostering appropriate targeting of control measures and allocating of resources.
The newly developed ITWLs are highly accepted amongst participants in an unsprayed section of a village in a malaria-endemic area.
The reduction of imported cases will be vital to any future malaria control or elimination strategy.
X-linked Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) A- deficiency is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa populations, and has been associated with protection from severe malaria.