Progress in mosquito net coverage in Papua New Guinea
Manuel W Hetzel, Adnan AK Choudhury, Justin Pulford, Yangta Ura, Maxine Whittaker, Peter M Siba, Ivo Mueller
MALARIA JOURNAL | BMC | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Since 2004, the Global Fund-supported National Malaria Control Programme of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been implementing country-wide free long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) distribution campaigns. In 2009, after the first distribution, only 32.5% of the population used a LLIN, mainly due to an insufficient number of nets available. This study investigated changes in mosquito net ownership and use following the continued free distribution of LLINs across PNG. METHODS: Five villages from each province and 30 households from each village were randomly sampled in a country-wide household survey in 2010/11. A structured questionnaire administered to household heads recorded informa..View full abstract
The authors thank all participants for taking part in this study and the respective provincial and district health authorities and the PNG National Department of Health for facilitating our field data collection. The contribution of all field interviewers and data entry staff at the PNG Institute of Medical Research is gratefully acknowledged, as is the statistical support provided by Christian Schindler (Swiss TPH). Many thanks to Tim Freeman of Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) in PNG for providing valuable comments on this manuscript. This study was financially supported by a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round 8 grant. MWH was supported in 2013 by a scholarship from the research fund (Forschungsfonds) of the University of Basel, Switzerland.