Community perceptions of targeted anti-malarial mass drug administrations in two provinces in Vietnam: a quantitative survey

by Thuy-Nhien Nguyen, Pham N. Huong Thu, Ngo Trong Hung et al.
Malaria Journal, 2017 16:17 – Published: 6 January 2017

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As part of a targeted malaria elimination project, mass drug administrations (MDAs) were conducted in Vietnam. The impact of MDAs on malaria transmission depends largely on the efficacy of the anti-malarial drug regimen, the malaria epidemiology in the site and the population coverage. To explore why some people participate in MDAs and others do not, a quantitative survey of the villagers’ perceptions was undertaken in Vietnam. The study suggests several approaches to increase participation in mass drug administration campaigns. Training trustworthy informants to sensitize the study population is critical to maximize village participation in this setting. To achieve high coverage the entire community must understand and agree with the intervention.

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