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Mobile phones improve case detection and management of malaria in rural Bangladesh.

Prue CS, Shannon KL, Khyang J, Edwards LJ, Ahmed S, Ram M, Shields T, Hossain MS, Glass GE, Nyunt MM, Sack DA, Sullivan DJ, Khan WA - Malar. J. (2013)

Bottom Line: Based on phone calls, field workers visited the homes with ill persons, and collected blood samples for malaria on 1,046 people. 265 (25%) of the patients tested were positive for malaria.Mobile phone technology was found to be an efficient and effective method for rapidly detecting and treating patients with malaria in this remote area.This technology, when combined with local knowledge and field support, may be applicable to other hard-to-reach areas to improve malaria control.

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Affiliation: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

ABSTRACT

Background: The recent introduction of mobile phones into the rural Bandarban district of Bangladesh provided a resource to improve case detection and treatment of patients with malaria.

Methods: During studies to define the epidemiology of malaria in villages in south-eastern Bangladesh, an area with hypoendemic malaria, the project recorded 986 mobile phone calls from families because of illness suspected to be malaria between June 2010 and June 2012.

Results: Based on phone calls, field workers visited the homes with ill persons, and collected blood samples for malaria on 1,046 people. 265 (25%) of the patients tested were positive for malaria. Of the 509 symptomatic malaria cases diagnosed during this study period, 265 (52%) were detected because of an initial mobile phone call.

Conclusion: Mobile phone technology was found to be an efficient and effective method for rapidly detecting and treating patients with malaria in this remote area. This technology, when combined with local knowledge and field support, may be applicable to other hard-to-reach areas to improve malaria control.

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Cell phone distribution in 2 unions. Map of mobile phones in households for year 2010 by self-report from mobile phone specific survey initiated as an additional project. 1401 households in yellow have mobile phones and 3239 in red were without mobile phones. The distribution was widespread with all but a few household clusters with nearby access to mobile phones.
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Figure 3: Cell phone distribution in 2 unions. Map of mobile phones in households for year 2010 by self-report from mobile phone specific survey initiated as an additional project. 1401 households in yellow have mobile phones and 3239 in red were without mobile phones. The distribution was widespread with all but a few household clusters with nearby access to mobile phones.

Mentions: Figure 3 shows the distribution of the households who owned or did not own a mobile phone by self-report on a study questionnaire in 2010. Of note, most communities had at least some cell phone owners. For those who did not have a mobile phone, the major reasons for not owning or using one were that they never needed to use one (49.7%), cost (40.4%), connection or coverage problems (6.0%), and not knowing how to use one (3.9%).


Mobile phones improve case detection and management of malaria in rural Bangladesh.

Prue CS, Shannon KL, Khyang J, Edwards LJ, Ahmed S, Ram M, Shields T, Hossain MS, Glass GE, Nyunt MM, Sack DA, Sullivan DJ, Khan WA - Malar. J. (2013)

Cell phone distribution in 2 unions. Map of mobile phones in households for year 2010 by self-report from mobile phone specific survey initiated as an additional project. 1401 households in yellow have mobile phones and 3239 in red were without mobile phones. The distribution was widespread with all but a few household clusters with nearby access to mobile phones.
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Figure 3: Cell phone distribution in 2 unions. Map of mobile phones in households for year 2010 by self-report from mobile phone specific survey initiated as an additional project. 1401 households in yellow have mobile phones and 3239 in red were without mobile phones. The distribution was widespread with all but a few household clusters with nearby access to mobile phones.
Mentions: Figure 3 shows the distribution of the households who owned or did not own a mobile phone by self-report on a study questionnaire in 2010. Of note, most communities had at least some cell phone owners. For those who did not have a mobile phone, the major reasons for not owning or using one were that they never needed to use one (49.7%), cost (40.4%), connection or coverage problems (6.0%), and not knowing how to use one (3.9%).

Bottom Line: Based on phone calls, field workers visited the homes with ill persons, and collected blood samples for malaria on 1,046 people. 265 (25%) of the patients tested were positive for malaria.Mobile phone technology was found to be an efficient and effective method for rapidly detecting and treating patients with malaria in this remote area.This technology, when combined with local knowledge and field support, may be applicable to other hard-to-reach areas to improve malaria control.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

ABSTRACT

Background: The recent introduction of mobile phones into the rural Bandarban district of Bangladesh provided a resource to improve case detection and treatment of patients with malaria.

Methods: During studies to define the epidemiology of malaria in villages in south-eastern Bangladesh, an area with hypoendemic malaria, the project recorded 986 mobile phone calls from families because of illness suspected to be malaria between June 2010 and June 2012.

Results: Based on phone calls, field workers visited the homes with ill persons, and collected blood samples for malaria on 1,046 people. 265 (25%) of the patients tested were positive for malaria. Of the 509 symptomatic malaria cases diagnosed during this study period, 265 (52%) were detected because of an initial mobile phone call.

Conclusion: Mobile phone technology was found to be an efficient and effective method for rapidly detecting and treating patients with malaria in this remote area. This technology, when combined with local knowledge and field support, may be applicable to other hard-to-reach areas to improve malaria control.

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Related in: MedlinePlus