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Are village health volunteers as good as basic health staffs in providing malaria care? A country wide analysis from Myanmar, 2015

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, June 2018
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Are village health volunteers as good as basic health staffs in providing malaria care? A country wide analysis from Myanmar, 2015
Published in
Malaria Journal, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12936-018-2384-4
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Nay Yi Yi Linn, Soundappan Kathirvel, Mrinalini Das, Badri Thapa, Md. Mushfiqur Rahman, Thae Maung Maung, Aye Mon Mon Kyaw, Aung Thi, Zaw Lin


Malaria is one of the major public health problems in Myanmar. Village health volunteers (VHV) are the key malaria diagnosis and treatment service provider at community level in addition to basic health staffs (BHS). This countrywide analysis aimed to assess and compare the accessibility to- and quality of malaria care (treatment initiation, treatment within 24 h and complete treatment delivery) between VHV and BHS in Myanmar. This was a retrospective cohort study using record review of routinely collected programme data available in electronic format. All patients with undifferentiated fever screened and diagnosed for malaria in January-December 2015 by VHV and BHS under National Malaria Control Programme in Myanmar were included in the study. Unadjusted and adjusted prevalence ratios (aPR) were calculated to assess the effect of VHV/BHS on receipt of treatment by patients. Of 978,735 undifferentiated fever patients screened in 2015, 11.0% of patients were found malaria positive and the malaria positivity in VHV and BHS group were 11.1 and 10.9% respectively. Access to malaria care: higher proportion of children aged 5-14 years (21.8% vs 17.3%) and females (43.7% vs 41.8%) with fever were screened for malaria by VHV compared to BHS. However, the same for children aged < 5 years was 2.2% lower in VHV group compared to BHS. Quality of malaria care: the proportion of malaria cases that received treatment was 96.6 and 94.9; treatment initiation within 24 h of fever was 44.7 and 34.1; and, complete treatment delivery was 80.9 and 88.2, respectively, in VHV and BHS groups. After adjustment for potential confounders, patients with malaria provided care by VHV had 1.02 times higher chance of receiving treatment compared to BHS [aPR (95% confidence interval) 1.017 (1.015, 1.020)]. The VHV were more accessible to children and women than BHS in providing malaria screening services. The malaria treatment services provided by VHV was as good as BHS. Further qualitative research to explore and address the challenges on initiation and delivering complete treatment by VHV including inventory assessment and cost-effectiveness studies on integration of VHV in routine health system are needed.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 101 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 26 26%
Student > Master 19 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 6%
Other 6 6%
Student > Bachelor 5 5%
Other 18 18%
Unknown 21 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 31 31%
Social Sciences 8 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Other 17 17%
Unknown 31 31%

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