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Malaria in Meghalaya: a systematic literature review and analysis of data from the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme

Meghalaya is one of eight states in the northeastern region of India with a historically high malaria burden. Despite this, little is known about who gets malaria, and when, where, and how they get it. Changes in malaria prevalence and clinical outcomes in Meghalaya have not been described since the first statewide distribution of 900,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets in 2016. A literature search was performed to summarize published reports of malaria in Meghalaya. Malaria data provided by the state malaria control programme were analysed to determine changes in malaria incidence and distribution. From these analyses, it was clear that malaria in Meghalaya is complex, involving at least two Plasmodium parasite species and multiple Anopheles vectors. Integrated, statewide malaria epidemiology, vector, and prevention and control data is lacking, and most existing studies focused on a single topic or a small geographic region of the state. Since 2016, the number of people with malaria has declined significantly in most districts of Meghalaya, and adults (15+ years) now appear to carry a larger proportion of the total malaria burden.

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Malaria Journal is aimed at the scientific community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. It is the only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria and, as such, it aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialties involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside and to the field. Malaria Journal offers a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer-review; this is achieved by managing the whole of the publication process electronically, from submission to peer-review.

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