Malaria case management in Papua New Guinea following the introduction of a revised treatment protocol
Justin Pulford, Serah F Kurumop, Yangta Ura, Peter M Siba, Ivo Mueller, Manuel W Hetzel
Malaria Journal | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: This paper reports on the availability of diagnostic tools and recommended anti-malarials in the 12-month period immediately following the implementation of a new national malaria treatment protocol (NMTP) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Health worker adherence to the new NMTP is also examined and comparisons made with previously reported pre-implementation findings. METHODS: A countrywide cross-sectional survey in randomly selected primary health care facilities (n = 88). Data were collected via passive observation of the clinical case management of fever or suspected malaria patients and via an interviewer administered questionnaire completed with the officer in charge of each parti..View full abstract
The authors gratefully acknowledge the many health workers and patients involved in this study. The generous support of the respective provincial and district health authorities and the PNG National Department of Health are also acknowledged as are the following individuals for assisting with data collection and processing: Mr. Brown Kaupa, Ms Elsie Bilam, Mr Ismart Martin, Ms Angeline Angwin, Mr Iso Smith, Ms Tema Kay, Ms Sherva Kevin, Mrs Lillian Akunaii, Ms Rose Kawage, Ms Carolyn Kopan, Ms Abanie Ginbol, Ms Julianne Onga, and Ms Ceciliah Kamel. This study was financially supported by a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round 8 grant.