Authors: Kafula Silumbe, Elizabeth Chiyende, Timothy P Finn, Michelle Desmond, Chilunga Puta, Busiku Hamainza, Mulakwa Kamuliwo, David A Larsen, Thomas P Eisele, John Miller and Adam Bennett
A mass test and treat campaign (MTAT) using rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and artemether-lumefantrine (AL) was conducted in Southern Zambia in 2012 and 2013 to reduce the parasite reservoir and progress towards malaria elimination. Through this intervention, community health workers (CHWs) tested all household members with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and provided treatment to those that tested positive.
This paper reports results of interviews and focus groups that were conducted with community members receiving the MTAT programme, CHWs conducting the screening and treatment activities, and health centre and MOH officers involved in coordinating the intervention in order to elucidate perceptions of the intervention, perceived benefits, potential challenges that may have limited effectiveness, and needs for programme sustainability.
Resource Type: Research
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)