Swaziland successful in fight against malaria

Bonisile Makhubu | 06 Aug 2011
Times of Swaziland
The country is successfully fighting malaria, with the hope to completely eliminate the disease by 2015.

The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) yesterday revealed the results of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey at the Mountain Inn, which indicates a major improvement in community knowledge and coverage of malaria control interventions in Swaziland.

Simon Kunene, the Programme Director, said "The survey helps us to develop our strategies for the upcoming malaria season." He said of the households surveyed, 79 per cent reported that their households had been sprayed in the past 12 months, which is an increase from the 45 per cent recorded in last year's survey. He said net coverage has also increased by 17 per cent this year compared to last year's 74 per cent coverage.

Kunene said the survey measured community's knowledge about malaria and the extent to which communities use prevention methods. "These included knowledge of fever as a symptom which was at 83 per cent, ability to identify four or more symptoms was at 49 per cent and identification of Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) as a prevention method was 83 percent," he said.

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