Health Workers Adjustment for Elimination of Malaria in a Low Endemic Area

Khandan Shahandeh, Hamid Reza Basseri, Reza Majdzadeh, Roya Sadeghi, Reza Safari, Davoud Shojaeizadeh

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Background:Malaria elimination efforts face with substantial challenges and the role of health workers in address this challenge, particularly advocates and mobilizes communities. The aim of the study was to explore perceptions of health workers in relation to eliminating malaria in order to better understand the level their involvement in malaria elimination efforts. A qualitative approach was adopted based on key informant interviews with 26 health workers who workingat community‑level in malaria low endemic areas, southern Iran.Methods: Data were collected through key informant interviews. Data were analyzed using thematic content analysis.Results: Findings reveal that the majority of participants concerned with the imported malaria cases, without to address an effective solution to the issue. Health workers had positive perceptions on their basic knowledge and opinions in relation to their field work with emphases to integrate methods. Participants expressed willingness to contribute to malaria elimination effort. They also emphasized on continuous training, resource mobilization, and support. In addition, theirperceptions on malaria elimination policy such as sustained financial investment to achieve elimination and integrated management of vector control were rather negative.Conclusions: A mechanism should be considered that allow the health workers to feedback positively on their quality of their practice to health providers.Keywords: Health worker, individual adjustment, Iran, malaria elimination, qualitative

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