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Dominican Republic

Performance of passive case detection for malaria surveillance: results from nine countries in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic

May 6, 2021 - 07:17 -- Open Access
Diego Rios-Zertuche, Keith H. Carter, Emma Iriarte, et al.
Malaria Journal 2021 20:208, 30 April 2021

In malaria elimination settings, available metrics for malaria surveillance have been insufficient to measure the performance of passive case detection adequately. An indicator for malaria suspected cases with malaria test (MSCT) is proposed to measure the rate of testing on persons presenting to health facilities who satisfy the definition of a suspected malaria case. This metric does not rely on prior knowledge of fever prevalence, seasonality, or external denominators, and can be used to compare detection rates in suspected cases within and between countries, including across settings with different levels of transmission.

Rapid ethnographic assessment for potential anti-malarial mass drug administration in an outbreak area of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

February 10, 2021 - 09:54 -- Open Access
Hunter Keys, Keyla Ureña, Jhefres Reyes, Kevin Bardosh, Christopher Pell, Jose Puello, Stephen Blount and Gregory S. Noland
Malaria Journal 2021 20:76, 8 February 2021

In the Dominican Republic, a recent outbreak of malaria in the capital, Santo Domingo, threatens efforts to eliminate the disease. Mass drug administration (MDA) has been proposed as one strategy to reduce transmission. The success of MDA is contingent upon high levels of acceptance among the target population. To inform the design of future MDA campaigns, this rapid ethnographic assessment examined malaria-related knowledge and attitudes toward malaria MDA among residents of a transmission focus in Santo Domingo.

Malaria outbreak response in urban Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: lessons learned for community engagement

August 11, 2020 - 07:43 -- Open Access
Valdez D, Keys H, Ureña K, Cabral D, Camilo F, Ogando EC, Mercedes L, Noland GS, Blount SB, Lavery JV, Desir L, Puello J
Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020 Aug 6;44:e92

Community engagement is crucial for public health initiatives, yet it remains an under-studied process within national disease elimination programs. This report shares key lessons learned for community engagement practices during a malaria outbreak response in the Los Tres Brazos neighborhood of urban Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 2015-2016.

Assessing the role of the private sector in surveillance for malaria elimination in Haiti and the Dominican Republic: a qualitative study

December 10, 2019 - 10:58 -- Open Access
Sidibe A, Maglior A, Bennett A, et al.
Malar J. 2019 Dec 5; 18(1):408

Haiti and the Dominican Republic (DR) are targeting malaria elimination by 2022. The private health sector has been relatively unengaged in these efforts, even though most primary health care in Haiti is provided by non-state actors, and many people use traditional medicine. Data on private health sector participation in malaria elimination efforts are lacking, as are data on care-seeking behaviour of patients in the private health sector. This study sought to describe the role of private health sector providers, care-seeking behaviour of individuals at high risk of malaria, and possible means of engaging the private health sector in Hispaniola’s malaria elimination efforts.

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