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Malariometric surveys

Data collected during these surveys provide insight to the level of transmission of malaria, the prevalence of different species of the Plasmodium parasite in the study populations, and household and individual characteristics associated with risk of malaria.

How were the malariometric and serological surveys conducted?

Following the completion of a household survey, all members of the subject family were encouraged to attend a temporary malariometric field station for blood sampling and other health tests  after consent had been obtained.  

What was collected during the malariometric and serological surveys?

  • Body weight and temperature measurements
  • Children’s height
  • Blood films for microscopy study
  • Blood samples for anaemia diagnosis
  • Dry blood spots for serology analysis
  • Blood samples for a rapid diagnostic test for subjects with fever or a recent history of fever

Why are the malariometric and serological survey data important?

These studies help:

  • Determine the level of malaria transmission in the study population
  • Determine levels of current infection and a history of infection in the past
  • Determine the presence of any age- or gender-specific variations in infection rates
  • Determine the risk of infection according to various individual and household characteristics or risk factors

Develop and validate the mathematical models used to understand malaria transmission patterns and effects of interventions


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