Malaria control programme in schools: a cluster randomised study evaluating the health and educational benefits in Mali
This study is evaluating the impact of a school-based malaria control program which involves distribution and promotion of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), malaria education and treatment.
The aim of this study is to find out if the malaria prevention program can reduce levels of malaria infection, anaemia (low levels of haemoglobin – the protein in blood that binds to oxygen) and improve attention and performance in school.
Malaria is an infectious disease which is common in tropical and subtropical countries, caused by a microscopic parasite which is spread from person to person by mosquitos. It can be serious disease if it is not treated quickly and effectively. School-aged children are rarely targeted by malaria control, yet the prevalence (commonness) of malaria infection in this age group often exceeds that seen in younger children and could affect school participation and performance.
Cluster randomised waitlist controlled trial