Enhancing malaria control using a computerised management system in southern Africa

Booman, Marlize, Sharp, Brian, Martin, Carrin L., Manjate, Bonifacio, la Grange, Jacobus J., and Durrheim, David N. (2003) Enhancing malaria control using a computerised management system in southern Africa. Malaria Journal, 2 (13). pp. 1-5.

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Background: Malaria control programmes utilising indoor residual spraying are only effective if a high coverage of targeted structures is achieved and an insecticide that is effective against the specific mosquito vector is correctly applied. Ongoing monitoring of spraying operations is essential to assure optimal programme performance and early corrective action, where indicated. Methods: Successful development and application of a computerised spraying operations management system in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa during 1998 resulted in its adaptation and introduction in neighbouring Maputo Province, southern Mozambique during 2000. The structure and components of this computerised management system are described, and its' operational benefit in southern Mozambique, where community-based spray operators apply intradomiciliary insecticide, are reviewed. Conclusions: The computerised management system allowed malaria programme management and field supervisors to monitor spraying coverage, insecticide consumption and application rates on an ongoing basis. The system supported a successful transition to community-based spraying, while assuring correct insecticide application and spraying completion according to schedule.

Item ID: 6777
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1475-2875
Keywords: computing resources; malaria; South Africa; surveillance
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