Optimizing Community-Based Interventions
Glenn Morris of the University of Florida in the U.S. will evaluate different strategies for integrating three national disease elimination programs against lymphatic filariasis, malaria and cholera, which are currently being run in parallel in Haiti. These campaigns involve improving water, sanitation and hygiene, and providing insecticide-treated bed nets. They are funded and coordinated by different departments and each target a specific disease. Integrating them could improve their effectiveness and reduce associated costs. They will perform pilot studies in two villages and one town in Haiti to evaluate four different integration scenarios and model their potential for scale-up including assessing the degree of acceptance by the community.