Ownership and usage of mosquito nets after four years of large-scale free distribution in Papua New Guinea
Manuel W Hetzel, Gibson Gideon, Namarola Lote, Leo Makita, Peter M Siba, Ivo Mueller
Malaria Journal | BMC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a highly malaria endemic country in the South-West Pacific with a population of approximately 6.6 million (2009). In 2004, the country intensified its malaria control activities with support from the Global Fund. With the aim of achieving 80% ownership and usage, a country-wide campaign distributed two million free long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs). METHODS: In order to evaluate outcomes of the campaign against programme targets, a country-wide household survey based on stratified multi-stage random sampling was carried out in 17 of the 20 provinces after the campaign in 2008/09. In addition, a before-after assessment was carried out in six p..View full abstract
This study was financed by the GFATM through a Round 3 malaria grant to the PNG National Department of Health. The funding body had no role in the study design, implementation, or interpretation and publication of the results. GG was supported by an Honours Fellowship of the PNG Global Infectious Disease Research Training Programme, sponsored by the John E. Fogarty International Center, USA. Many thanks go to Prof. Pete Zimmerman for supporting this training opportunity.