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Malaria control in humanitarian emergencies

6 January 2014

Malaria control in humanitarian emergencies, an inter-agency field handbook

A field handbook published by the World Health Organization (WHO) provides guidance on how to control malaria in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian disaster. Prof Mark Rowland and Dr Toby Leslie, who led malaria research in Afghanistan for the ACT Consortium, contributed to the manual.


This second edition of Malaria Control in Humanitarian Emergencies is a comprehensive interagency manual on how to control malaria in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian disaster.

With authorship by ACT Consortium members who have broad experience of working in emergencies (Mark Rowland and Toby Leslie), the handbook represents a thorough review of the literature and knowledge gained during the last decade.

The structure remains similar to the first edition, but includes an additional chapter on humanitarian coordination. All chapters have been revised to reflect changes in best practices, improvements in technologies, availability of new tools, and changes in WHO recommendations.

The interagency handbook is designed to set out malaria control responses in humanitarian emergencies, in both the acute phase when reliance on international humanitarian assistance is greatest, but also during chronic emergencies when there is no fully recognised government but opportunity for providing more comprehensive assistance improves.

Policy-makers, planners and field coordinators will benefit from practical advice on designing and implementing measures in both man-made and natural disasters.

The book chapters cover coordination and advocacy, assessment and operational planning, surveillance outbreak response, diagnosis and case management, approaches for vector control and personal protection, community and refugee participation, monitoring and evaluation, and operational research to improve the effectiveness of prevention and treatment in humanitarian emergencies.

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