Assessing the availability of LLINs for continuous distribution through routine antenatal care and the Expanded Programme on Immunizations in sub-Saharan Africa

Continuous LLIN distribution to women attending antenatal care (ANC) and all infants attending the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) services appear to be under-utilized, especially EPI-based distribution. However, quality data from more countries are needed for consistent and reliable programme performance monitoring. A greater focus on routine data collection, monitoring and reporting on LLINs distributed through both ANC and EPI can provide insight into both strengths and weaknesses of continuous distribution, and improve the effectiveness of these delivery channels.

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Publication date: May 2016
Source: Malaria Journal

Assessing the availability of LLINs for continuous distribution through routine antenatal care and the Expanded Programme on Immunizations in sub-Saharan Africa

This study assess policy and practice in implementing recommendations regarding continuous distribution of LLINs and to compare the numbers of LLINs available through ANC and EPI services with the numbers of women and children attending these services.

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Publication date: May 2016
Source: Malaria Journal

Potential for reduction of burden and local elimination of malaria by reducing Plasmodium falciparum malaria transmission: a mathematical modelling study

This study used a mathematical model of the transmission of Plasmodium falciparum malaria to explore the potential effect on case incidence and malaria mortality rates from 2015 to 2030 of five different intervention scenarios. These findings show that decreases in malaria transmission and burden can be accelerated over the next 15 years if the coverage of key interventions is increased.

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Publication date: April 2016
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases

Impact of a behaviour change communication programme on net durability in eastern Uganda

The behavior change communication intervention carried out in Serere district, Eastern Uganda, was comprised of radio programmes, school and community events. The evaluation showed that the intervention resulted in improved knowledge and attitudes towards care and repair, which impacted positively on net condition.

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Publication date: September 2015
Source: Malaria Journal

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

The Effect of Single or Repeated Home Visits on the Hanging and Use of Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets following a Mass Distribution Campaign – A Cluster Randomized, Controlled Trial

Study objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of commonly used post-campaign hang-up visits on the hanging and use of campaign nets.

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Publication date: March 2015
Source: PLOS One

Outdoor-sleeping and other night-time activities in northern Ghana: implications for residual transmission and malaria prevention

Despite targeted indoor residual spraying (IRS) over a six-year period and free mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), malaria rates in northern Ghana remain high. Outdoor sleeping and other night-time social, cultural and economic activities that increase exposure to infective mosquito bites are possible contributors. This study was designed to document these phenomena through direct observation, and to explore the context in which they occur.

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Publication date: January 2015
Source: Malaria Journal

What happens to lost nets: a multi-country analysis of reasons for LLIN attrition using 14 household surveys in four countries

While significant focus has been given to net distribution, little is known about what is done with nets that leave a household, either to be used by others or when they are discarded. To better understand the magnitude of sharing LLIN between households and patterns of discarding LLIN, the present study pools data from 14 post-campaign surveys to draw larger conclusions about the fate of nets that leave households.

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Publication date: November 2014
Source: Malaria Journal

Comparing two approaches for estimating the causal effect of behaviour-change communication messages promoting insecticide-treated bed nets: an analysis of the 2010 Zambia malaria indicator survey

This journal article illustrates that behavior change communication (BCC) programmes can contribute to national programmes seeking to increase the use of ITNs inside the home. They also offer a viable approach for evaluating the effectiveness of other BCC programmes promoting behaviour that will reduce malaria transmission or mitigate the consequences of infection

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Publication date: August 2014
Source: Malaria Journal