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Targeting high risk forest goers for malaria elimination: a novel approach for investigating forest malaria to inform program intervention in Vietnam

October 20, 2020 - 16:18 -- Open Access
Canavati SE, Kelly GC, Quintero CE, Vo TH, Tran LK, Ngo TD, Tran DT, Edgel KA, Martin NJ
BMC Infect Dis. 2020 Oct 15;20(1):757

Individuals that work and sleep in remote forest and farm locations in the Greater Mekong Subregion continue to remain at high risk of both acquiring and transmitting malaria. These difficult-to-access population groups largely fall outside the reach of traditional village-centered interventions, presenting operational challenges for malaria programs. In Vietnam, over 60% of malaria cases are thought to be individuals who sleep in forests or on farms. New malaria elimination strategies are needed in countries where mobile and migrant workers frequently sleep outside of their homes. The aim of this study was to apply targeted surveillance-response based investigative approaches to gather location-specific data on confirmed malaria cases, with an objective to identify associated malaria prevention, treatment and risk behaviors of individuals sleeping in remote forest and farms sites in Vietnam.

Who buys nets? Factors associated with ownership and use of purchased mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa

December 10, 2019 - 08:32 -- Open Access
Olapeju B, Choiriyyah I, Bertram K, Piccinini D, Harig H, Selby RA, Lynch M, Koenker H
Malar J. 2019 Dec 4; 18(1):401

Public sector strategies to promote insecticide-treated net (ITN) access have resulted in increased ITN ownership across sub-Saharan Africa. However, the current status of the private sector distribution channel for nets has not been fully explored. This multi-country study explored the prevalence of net purchases and the characteristics of households that had purchased nets and used such nets in sub-Saharan Africa.

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