Intermittent preventive treatment for malaria among children in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda

Intermittent preventive treatment for malaria among children in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda

Objectives

To implement intermittent preventive treatment for malaria (IPTc, MDA in children) in two refugee camps among children aged 6 months to 14 years, document the effects of the intervention on malaria incidence and prevalence and document side effects potentially related to repeated doses of DP.

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Abstract

Northern Uganda hosts a large population of refugees from South Sudan, and malaria is one of the major health problems in the area. In 2015, intermittent preventive treatment for malaria (IPTc) was implemented in two refugee camps among children aged 6 months to 14 years. Three distributions of dihydroartemisinin–piperaquine (DP) were conducted at 8-week intervals.

The study population consisted of the entire refugee population of Ayilo 1 (area: 3.8 sq km) and Ayilo 2 (area: 2.4 sq km) camps, a total population of 29,855 refugees as well as the members of their host community, population approximately 1000 persons). 

Key facts

  • Dates
    2014 to 2015
    Funding amount
    $240,000
    Country
    • Uganda

MESA tags

  • Methodology
    Epidemiology
    Theme(s)
    Drug-based strategies, Elimination strategies, Vulnerable populations