Reactive case detection strategies, in which individuals with clinical malaria are followed up at their home and household residents and neighbours are screened and treated for malaria, are increasingly used as part of malaria elimination programmes. With limited resources, coverage and diagnostic tools, reactive screen-and-treat will likely not be sufficient to achieve malaria elimination in this setting. However, high coverage with reactive focal drug administration could be efficient at decreasing the reservoir of infection and should be considered as an alternative strategy.
Author: Bridges DJ, Hamapumbu H, Kobayashi T, Larsen DA, Lubinda J, Moss WJ, Pinchoff J, Searle KM, Shields TM, Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research, Stevenson JC, Thuma PE
Publication date: August 2016
Source: Malaria Journal