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Title: Reflections on a community engagement strategy for mass antimalarial drug administration in Cambodia
Authors: Thomas J. Peto
Rupam Tripura
Chan Davoeung
Chea Nguon
Sanann Nou
Chhouen Heng
Pich Kunthea
Bipin Adhikari
Renly Lim
Nicola James
Christopher Pell
Phaik Yeong Cheah
University of South Australia
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
University of Oxford
Mahidol University
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam UMC - University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development
National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Citation: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Vol.98, No.1 (2018), 100-104
Abstract: © 2018 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Mass drug administration (MDA) to interrupt malaria transmission requires the participation of entire communities. As part of a clinical trial in western Cambodia, four villages receivedMDAin 2015-2016. Before approaching study communities, a collaboration was established with the local health authorities, village leaders, and village malaria workers. Formative research guided the development of engagement strategies. In each village, a team of volunteers was formed to explain MDA to their neighbors and provide support during implementation. Public mobilization events featuring drama and music were used to introduce MDA. Villages comprised groups with different levels of understanding and interests; therefore, multiple tailored engagement strategies were required. The main challenges were explaining malaria transmission, managing perceptions of drug side effects, and reaching mobile populations. It was important that local leaders took a central role in community engagement. Coverage during each round of MDA averaged 84%, which met the target for the trial.
ISSN: 00029637
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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