Mapping routine malaria incidence at village level for targeted control in Papua New Guinea

  • Daniela Rodríguez-Rodríguez | daniela.rodriguez@swisstph.ch Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Goroka and Madang, Papua New Guinea.
  • Seri Maraga Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Goroka and Madang, Papua New Guinea.
  • Sharon Jamea-Maiasa Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Goroka and Madang, Papua New Guinea.
  • Anthony Tandrapah Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Goroka and Madang, Papua New Guinea.
  • Leo Makita National Department of Health, Waigani, Papua New Guinea.
  • Peter M. Siba Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Goroka and Madang, Papua New Guinea.
  • Ivo Mueller Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia; Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.
  • Justin Pulford Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • Manuel Hetzel Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Malaria surveillance and response-systems are essential for identifying the areas most affected by malaria and for targeting interventions and optimising resources. This study aimed to assess whether the visualisation of routinely collected health facility data linked to village of residence provides evidence for targeting control interventions in four sentinel health facilities in Papua New Guinea. A video format was used to visualise the dynamics in case incidence over time and space alongside photographs illustrating the context of the data collection in the study sites. Incidence changes overtime were illustrated in animated maps. Despite limitations, this approach appeared useful in sites with very few remaining cases or with increasingly marked heterogeneity. Villages that could benefit from targeted interventions or investigations were identified.

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Published
2019-11-07
Section
vHealth Communications
Keywords:
Surveillance, Malaria, Papua New Guinea, Malaria control, Surveillance-response, Visualisation
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How to Cite
Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D., Maraga, S., Jamea-Maiasa, S., Tandrapah, A., Makita, L., Siba, P., Mueller, I., Pulford, J., & Hetzel, M. (2019). Mapping routine malaria incidence at village level for targeted control in Papua New Guinea. Geospatial Health, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2019.798