By Stephanie Wheeler*
The Atoifi Adventist Hospital staff knew that it had been a big year for malaria (so many patients presenting and so many slides to examine!), and communities had noticed more people becoming unwell in their villages too. Since the last malaria study at Atoifi in 2014, malaria data has been carefully collected, but not yet analysed.
With a sense of changing malaria epidemiology in recent years, a new study commenced in September to understand the current situation of malaria in East Kwaio. Data were entered electronically and analysed to describe who is getting malaria, where and when. Cases were also analysed by malaria species, and by number of hospital presentations for malaria.
As data only ever show a small part of the story, initial results were presented to key hospital staff and community leaders for input on the context of the findings. The group brainstormed many solutions and recommendations for next steps both within the hospital, and community-led initiatives.
We look forward to sharing the results soon!
*Stephanie Wheeler (RN, MIPH) is a Field Epidemiology trainee with the Australian National University and Hunter New England Health Protection in Australia.
To read the previous AHRG Malaria paper, please visit: https://ojs.wpro.who.int/ojs/index.php/wpsar/article/view/274/415
Photo: Stephanie and Dorothy Esau enter malaria data for analysis (photo credit Peter Massey)