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Assessing malaria risk at night-time venues in a low-transmission setting: a time-location sampling study in Zambezi, Namibia

May 24, 2019 - 16:40 -- Open Access
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Jerry O. Jacobson, Jennifer L. Smith, Carmen Cueto, Mukosha Chisenga, Kathryn Roberts, Michelle Hsiang, Roly Gosling, Davis Mumbengegwi and Adam Bennett
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:179, 22 May 2019

Identifying efficient and effective strategies to reach and monitor populations at greatest risk of malaria in low-transmission settings is a key challenge for malaria elimination. In Namibia’s Zambezi Region, transmission is ongoing yet its drivers remain poorly understood. A growing literature suggests that night-time social activities may lead to malaria exposure that is beyond the reach of conventional preventive interventions, such as insecticide treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying.

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Subpatent malaria in a low transmission African setting: a cross-sectional study using rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) from Zambezi region, Namibia

January 2, 2019 - 15:30 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Patrick McCreesh, Davis Mumbengegwi, Michelle S. Hsiang, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:480, 19 December 2018

This study presents results from the first large-scale malaria cross-sectional survey from Namibia using molecular testing to characterize subpatent infections.

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A cross-sectional analysis of ITN and IRS coverage in Namibia in 2013

July 17, 2018 - 16:15 -- Open Access
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Sophie H. Allcock, Elizabeth H. Young and Manjinder S. Sandhu
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Malaria Journal 2018 17:264, 16 July 2018

The prevalence of IRS and ITN interventions in 2013 did not reflect the Namibian government intervention targets.

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Malaria risk in young male travellers but local transmission persists: a case–control study in low transmission Namibia

February 14, 2017 - 15:20 -- Open Access
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Jennifer L. Smith, Joyce Auala, Erastus Haindongo, Petrina Uusiku, Roly Gosling, Immo Kleinschmidt, Davis Mumbengegwi and Hugh J. W. Sturrock
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Malaria Journal 2017 16:70, 10 February 2017

These findings highlight the critical need to target malaria interventions to young male travellers, who have a disproportionate risk of malaria in northern Namibia, to coordinate cross-border regional malaria prevention initiatives and to scale up coverage of prevention measures such as indoor residual spraying and long-lasting insecticide nets in high risk areas if malaria elimination is to be realized.

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Identifying Malaria Transmission Foci for Elimination Using Human Mobility Data

April 11, 2016 - 16:23 -- Open Access
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Nick W. Ruktanonchai, Patrick DeLeenheer, David L. Smith, et al.
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PLoS Comput Biol 12(4): e1004846

Humans move frequently and tend to carry parasites among areas with endemic malaria and into areas where local transmission is unsustainable.

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Strengthening tactical planning and operational frameworks for vector control: the roadmap for malaria elimination in Namibia

August 6, 2015 - 05:59 -- Open Access
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Emmanuel Chanda, Birkinesh Ameneshewa, Hans A Angula, Iitula Iitula, Pentrina Uusiku, Desta Trune, Quazi M Islam, John M Govere
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Malaria Journal 2015, 14:302 (5 August 2015)

Universal coverage with IRS and long-lasting insecticidal nets, supplemented by larval source management in the context of IVM and guided by vector surveillance coupled with rational operationalization of the GPIRM, will enable expeditious attainment of elimination in Namibia.

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Strengthening malaria diagnosis and appropriate treatment in Namibia: a test of case management training interventions in Kavango Region

December 22, 2014 - 13:58 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Lourenço C, Kandula D, Haidula L, Ward A, Cohen JM
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Malaria Journal 2014, 13 :508 (18 December 2014)

These changes show a reversal of improper case management practices over the six-month study period and demonstrate that implementing simple training interventions can have a significant, sustainable impact on the uptake of and adherence to malaria RDTs.

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The receptive versus current risks of Plasmodium falciparum transmission in Northern Namibia: implications for elimination

April 25, 2013 - 16:32 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Noor AM, Uusiku P, Kamwi RN, Katokele S, Ntomwa B, Alegana VA, Snow RW
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BMC Infectious Diseases 2013, 13:184 (23 April 2013)
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Here we used historical and contemporary Plasmodium falciparum prevalence data for Namibia to estimate receptive and current levels of malaria risk in nine northern regions. 

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