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Research Registry No : HRID-00192_V14
University Departmental Research : No
Registration Date : 2020-03-31
Title of Research : Functioning status of malaria volunteer workers in malaria endemic areas of Mandalay region, Myanmar
Principle Investigator : Moe Kyaw Myint
Co-authors : Ei Ei Swe, Tint Wai, Mya Moe, Win Htay Hlaing, Nilar Moe Khine, Yee Mon Myint and Khin Lin
Field of Research : Public Health
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Presentation Source : 47th Myanmar Health Research Congress. 2019; P147
Placement of Presentation : DMR, Yangon
Year of Presentation : 2019
Abstract : In Myanmar, achievement of malaria elimination is targeted by 2030. Training and support of malaria volunteer worker has been identified as one possible strategy to address the shortage of basic health services in areas where accessibility to health centers is limited in malaria control. This study aimed to assess the functioning status of the malaria volunteer workers as to determine their knowledge about malaria, actions in malaria control and prevention and their difficulties and suggestions for improvement of the program and further elimination processes. The study was conducted in Pyin Oo Lwin and Singu townships of Mandalay Region during 2018 February and March. Total of 87 malaria volunteers were interviewed using the structured questionnaires. Out of the total 87 malaria volunteers, 63.2% were female. 72.4% of the total participants were married. Their mean age was 35 in completed years with youngest being 18 years old and the eldest 65 years old. The majority of them (42.5%) were farmers and there were also daily wagers, forest workers, shop owners, auxiliary mid wives among them which constituted 6.9%, 10.3%, 11.5% and 9.2% respectively. 35.6% of them became malaria volunteer due to self-interest and 47.1% assigned by local authorities or 16.1% were recommended by local health staff. Regarding the knowledge about malaria and vector ecology, all of them answered cause of malaria was due to mosquito bite but one of them also answered due to drinking and bathing in stream water. In general, almost all of them knew the causes, prevention and the signs and symptoms of malaria but very few had no enough knowledge about them. 88.1 % of them had distributed knowledge about malaria to the community, the main method of health education being the health talks (75.6%). Regarding knowledge about how to give treatments to malaria infection according to national malaria treatment guideline, only 85.4% answered correctly. 28.4 % of them had referred malaria patients to higher health facilities. Although they had responsibility to report monthly, a few of them (4.2%) could not comply because of their busy personal occupation and transportation difficulties during rainy season. They suggested that continuing health education campaigns about malaria for their community and being supported more travel allowances. In conclusion, regular refresher training and supporting aids such as medicinal drugs and apparatus, travel fees and some incentives for malaria volunteers are necessary for improvement of their job satisfaction and performance on malaria elimination.
IRB/PRC/ERC Approval Date : 2018-09-18
Placement of IRB/PRC/ERC : ERC DMR, Yangon
IRB/PRC/ERC Approval Letter/Document : 31032020084759ERCapprovalformalariavolunteerworkerbyDrMKM.pdf
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