Engaging the private sector in malaria surveillance: a review of strategies and recommendations for elimination settings

To learn more about the role and performance of the private sector in malaria diagnosis, case management, and reporting in malaria elimination settings, 25 experts in malaria elimination, disease surveillance, and private sector engagement were purposively sampled and interviewed. An extensive review of grey and peer-reviewed literature on private sector testing, treatment, and reporting for malaria was performed. Additional in-depth literature review was conducted for six case studies on eliminating and neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa.

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Publication date: June 2017
Source: Malaria Journal

The path to eradication: a progress report on the malaria-eliminating countries

Describes progress over the last 15 years and anticipated challenges. Importantly, the article emphasizes the importance of intra-regional collaboration, mentioning the Global Fund EMMIE program in Central America and the E8 initiative in southern Africa, among others.

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Publication date: April 2016
Source: The Lancet

The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015

This article, published in Nature found that Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence in endemic Africa halved and the incidence of clinical disease fell by 40% between 2000 and 2015. Interventions have averted an estimated 663 (542–753 credible interval) million clinical cases since 2000. Insecticide-treated nets, the most widespread intervention, were by far the largest contributor (68% of cases averted).

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Publication date: September 2015
Source: Nature

Assessing the effectiveness of household-level focal mass drug administration and community-wide mass drug administration for reducing malaria parasite infection prevalence and incidence in Southern Province, Zambia: study protocol for a community randomized controlled trial

The primary aim of this study is to quantify the relative effectiveness of MDA and fMDA with DHAp against no mass treatment (standard of care) for reducing Plasmodium falciparum prevalence and incidence. Strengths of this trial include: a robust study design (CRCT); cross-sectional parasite surveys as well as a longitudinal cohort; and stratification of high and low transmission areas. Primary limitations include: statistical power to detect only a 50 % reduction in primary outcomes within high and low transmission strata; potential for contamination; and potential for misclassification of exposure.

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Publication date: August 2015
Source: Trials Journal

Costs and cost-effectiveness of a large-scale mass testing and treatment intervention for malaria in Southern Province, Zambia

The intervention [mass testing and treatment, MTAT] appears to be highly cost-effective relative to World Health Organization thresholds for malaria burden reduction in Zambia as compared to no MTAT. However, it was estimated that population-wide mass drug administration is likely to be more cost-effective for burden reduction and for transmission reduction compared to MTAT.

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Publication date: May 2015
Source: Malaria Journal

A qualitative study of perceptions of a mass test and treat campaign in Southern Zambia and potential barriers to effectiveness

The findings [of this study] highlight the importance of increased community sensitization as part of mass treatment campaigns for improving campaign coverage and acceptance. Further, they suggest that communication channels between the Zambia Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Centre and Medical Stores Limited may need to be improved so as to ensure there is consistent supply and management of commodities. Continued capacity building of CHWs and health facility supervisors is critical for a more effective programme and sustained progress towards malaria elimination.

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Publication date: April 2015
Source: Malaria Journal

A methodological framework for the improved use of routine health system data to evaluate national malaria control programs: evidence from Zambia

When improved through comprehensive parasitologically confirmed case reporting, HMIS data can become a valuable tool for evaluating malaria program scale-up. Using this approach, this article provides further evidence that increased ITN coverage is associated with decreased malaria morbidity and use of health services for malaria illness in Zambia.

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Publication date: November 2014
Source: Population health metrics

Comparison of a mobile phone-based malaria reporting system with source participant register data for capturing spatial and temporal trends in epidemiological indicators of malaria transmission collected by community health workers in rural Zambia

Timeliness, completeness, and accuracy are key requirements for any surveillance system to reliably monitor disease burden and guide efficient resource prioritization. Evidence that electronic reporting of malaria cases by CHWs meet these requirements remains limited. This study describes and evaluates a prototype mobile phone reporting platform for a CBSS in rural Zambia that was initially established as a programme implemented by CHWs for community-wide passive and active testing with RDTs and treatment of all confirmed cases with AL, which also allowed monitoring of malaria parasite infection burden as a secondary objective

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Publication date: December 2014
Source: Malaria Journal

Comparison of a mobile phone-based malaria reporting system with source participant register data for capturing spatial and temporal trends in epidemiological indicators of malaria transmission collected by community health workers in rural Zambia

The SMS reports captured malaria transmission trends with adequate accuracy and could be used for population-wide, continuous, longitudinal monitoring of malaria transmission.

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Publication date: December 2014
Source: Malaria Journal