High-resolution plasmodium falciparum malaria risk mapping in Mutasa District, Zimbabwe: Implications for regaining control

Mufaro Kanyangarara, Edmore Mamini, Sungano Mharakurwa, Shungu Munyati, Lovemore Gwanzura, Tamaki Kobayashi, Timothy Shields, Luke C. Mullany, Susan Mutambu, Peter R. Mason, Frank C. Curriero, William J. Moss

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In Zimbabwe, more than half of malaria cases are concentrated in Manicaland Province, where seasonal malaria epidemics occur despite intensified control strategies. The objectives of this study were to develop a prediction model based on environmental risk factors and obtain seasonal malaria risk maps for Mutasa District, one of the worst affected districts in Manicaland Province. From October 2012 to September 2015, 483 households were surveyed, and 104 individuals residing within 69 households had positive rapid diagnostic test results. Logistic regression was used to model the probability of household positivity as a function of the environmental covariates extracted from high-resolution remote sensing data sources. Model predictions and prediction standard errors were generated for the rainy and dry seasons. The resulting maps predicted elevated risk during the rainy season, particularly in low-lying areas bordering Mozambique. In contrast, the risk of malaria was low across the study area during the dry season with foci of malaria risk scattered along the northern and western peripheries of the study area. These findings underscore the need for strong cross-border malaria control initiatives to complement country-specific interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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