Cross-border malaria: a major obstacle for malaria elimination

Wangdi, Kinley, Gatton, Michelle L., Kelly, Gerard C., & Clements, Archie C.A. (2015) Cross-border malaria: a major obstacle for malaria elimination. Advances in Parasitology, 89(June), pp. 79-107.

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Abstract

Movement of malaria across international borders poses a major obstacle to achieving malaria elimination in the 34 countries that have committed to this goal. In border areas, malaria prevalence is often higher than in other areas due to lower access to health services, treatment-seeking behaviour of marginalised populations that typically inhabit border areas, difficulties in deploying prevention programs to hard-to-reach communities, often in difficult terrain, and constant movement of people across porous national boundaries. Malaria elimination in border areas will be challenging, and key to addressing the challenges is strengthening of surveillance activities for rapid identification of any importation or reintroduction of malaria. This could involve taking advantage of technological advances, such as spatial decision support systems, which can be deployed to assist program managers to carry out preventive and reactive measures, and mobile phone technology, which can be used to capture the movement of people in the border areas and likely sources of malaria importation. Additionally, joint collaboration in the prevention and control of cross-border malaria by neighbouring countries, and reinforcement of early diagnosis and prompt treatment are ways forward in addressing the problem of cross-border malaria.

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ID Code: 84363
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: malaria, elimination, cross-border, imported malaria
DOI: 10.1016/bs.apar.2015.04.002
ISSN: 0065-308X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Infectious Diseases (110309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On: 20 May 2015 23:23
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2016 02:25

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