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A community-directed strategy for sustainable malaria elimination on islands: Short-term MDA integrated with ITNs and robust surveillance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute , Immunology.
2010 (English)In: Acta Tropica, ISSN 0001-706X, E-ISSN 1873-6254, Vol. 114, no 3, 177-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the Asia Pacific sites with low and unstable transmission, elimination should be feasible with existing tools. On Aneityum island, Vanuatu both Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax malaria were eliminated in 1991 after implementation of a combined intervention package, including mass drug administration (MDA) and insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), with high degree of community involvement. Subsequently, community-based surveillance and vector control measures have kept. By reviewing the experiences of the Aneityum project, I intended to examine the roles of community in malaria elimination. To be successful, the program should transfer major intervention components from the external donor-directed initiative to the community-directed approach. Scaling up of community involvement from simple participation to social participation, where communities involve in health planning functions is necessary from malaria control to malaria elimination.

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2010. Vol. 114, no 3, 177-183 p.
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Malaria elimination, Community involvement, Mass drug administration, Impregnated bed nets, Vanuatu, Aneityum island
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68176DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2010.01.012ISI: 000277099800010OAI: diva2:472193
authorCount :1Available from: 2012-01-03 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2012-01-03Bibliographically approved

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