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How molecular epidemiology studies can support the National Malaria Control Program in Papua New Guinea

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posted on 2024-06-05, 04:00 authored by C Koepfli, A Barry, S Javati, L Timinao, E Nate, I Mueller, C Barnadas
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is undertaking intensified efforts to control malaria. The National Malaria Control Program aims to reduce the burden of disease by large-scale distribution of insecticide-treated bednets, improved diagnosis and implementation of new treatments. A scientific program monitoring the effect of these interventions, including molecular epidemiology studies, closely accompanies the program. Laboratory assays have been developed in (or transferred to) PNG to measure prevalence of infection and intensity of transmission as well as potential resistance to currently used drugs. These assays help to assess the impact of the National Malaria Control Program, and they reveal a much clearer picture of malaria epidemiology in PNG. In addition, analysis of the geographical clustering of parasites aids in selecting areas where intensified control will be most successful. This paper gives an overview of current research and recently completed studies in the molecular epidemiology of malaria conducted in Papua New Guinea.

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Journal

Papua and New Guinea medical journal

Volume

57

Pagination

75-85

Location

Port Moresby, New Guinea

ISSN

0031-1480

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1-4

Publisher

Medical Society Of Papua New Guinea

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