Knowledge and practices related to malaria and mosquito control: Sumba Island, Indonesia

Authors: John Bandzuh*, Florida State University, Christopher Uejio, Florida State University, Mary Hayden, University of Colorado, Kacey Ernst, University of Arizona
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Human-Environment Geography, Environment
Keywords: malaria, Indonesia, qualitative data
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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With greater than 200 million cases globally each year (CDC 2018), malaria is a significant risk to global health. This study critically investigates malaria and mosquito control techniques in Indonesia employing a mixed methods approach. Specifically, this study aims to examine and identify local knowledge and attitudes of the programs and measures in place to combat malaria and control mosquitoes in East Sumba, Indonesia. Original data include focus group discussions (n = 7), key informant interviews (n = 14), and household surveys (n = 757)—all of which provide broad and place-specific information about control efforts and actions used to mitigate mosquito-borne diseases from the perspectives of individuals who participated in the study. Local experiences, accounts, and beliefs are necessary to understand before shaping health policy and public awareness campaigns. The results of this study can be used elsewhere in Indonesia and other locales combatting malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases to explain and assess at-risk populations.

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