Malaria

Epidemiology of malaria in South Africa: From control to elimination

R Maharaj, J Raman, N Morris, D Moonasar, D N Durrheim, I Seocharan, P Kruger, B Shandukani, I Kleinschmidt

Abstract


Locally specific epidemiological understanding is pivotal to the success of malaria elimination in South Africa. Here, we focus on how the host, vector, parasite and environment and their interactions have influenced malaria incidence in South Africa between 1995 and 2012. Broad environmental considerations are necessary, including the physical (temperature and humidity), social (migration patterns), economic (quality of housing stock) and political (regional collaboration). 


Authors' affiliations

R Maharaj, Malaria Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa

J Raman, Malaria Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa

N Morris, Malaria Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa

D Moonasar, Malaria Directorate, National Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa

D N Durrheim, School of Public Health Medicine, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

I Seocharan, Malaria Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa

P Kruger, Malaria Control Programme, Polokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa

B Shandukani, Malaria Directorate, National Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa

I Kleinschmidt, Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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Keywords

epidemiology; malaria; Malaria Control Programme

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2013;103(10):779-783. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7441

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-08-29
Date published: 2013-08-29

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