Malaria Baseline Socioeconomic and Prevalence Survey 2007
Syed Masud Ahmed (BRAC), Md. Akramul Islam (BRAC),Rashidul Haque (ICDDR,B) and Moazzem Hossain (GoB)
December - 2008
Malaria re-emerged as one of the major public health problems in Bangladesh in the 1990s. Out of the total 64 administrative districts, 13 are in the malaria endemic areas and the three Hill Tract Districts Rangamati, Khagrachari, and Bandarban in the very south-east of the country traditionally report the highest incidence of malaria within the country.
The baseline survey aimed to study i) the knowledge/awareness of the respondents on malaria ii) their health-seeking behaviour relevant to malaria iii) study the possession and use patterns of bed net iv) the prevalence of malarial infection including species-specific prevalence (P vivax and P falciparum) and its distribution.
An elaborate two-stage cluster sampling technique was employed to get a representative sample from the 13 endemic districts. This report present findings from this baseline survey to inform programme design and fine-tune appropriate interventions.