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Table 3 The proportion of respondents who could identify the correct WHO definition of malaria elimination from the list of seven options and this is categorised by the level of education and job designation

From: Malaria programme personnel’s experiences, perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing malaria elimination strategy in South Africa

Possible definitions (Correct option highlighted) Highest educational levels attained (overall n = 148)
Primary Secondary Undergraduate Postgraduate Total p value
n = 2 (%) n = 99 (%) n = 28 (%) n = 19 (%) n = 148 (%)
Permanent global cessation of malaria… 0 (0.0) 27 (27.3) 3 (10.7) 1 (5.3) 31 (20.9)  
No local malaria transmission… 0 (0.0) 26 (26.3) 18 (64.3) 16 (84.2) 60 (40.5)  
Killing all malaria transmitting mosquitoes… 0 (0.0) 16 (16.2) 2 (7.1) 0 (0.0) 18 (12.2)  
Accelerated implementation of control interventions. 0 (0.0) 5 (5.1) 3 (10.7) 1 (5.3) 9 (6.1)  
All of the above 0 (0.0) 9 (9.1) 1 (3.6) 0 (0.0) 10 (6.8)  
None of the above 0 (0.0) 1 (1.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.3) 2 (1.4)  
Don’t know 2 (100) 15 (15.2) 1 (3.6) 0 (0.0) 18 (12.2) < 0.001
Possible definitions (correct option highlighted) Job designation (overall n = 148)
Manager EHP Entomologist Microscopist Team Leader Other Total p value
n = 6 (%) n = 25 (%) n = 3 (%) n = 15 (%) n = 87 (%) n = 12 (%) n = 148 (%)
Permanent global cessation of malaria… 0 (0.0) 2 (8.0) 1 (33.3) 2 (13.3) 26 (29.9) 0 (0.0) 31 (20.9)  
No local malaria transmission… 5 (83.3) 21 (84.0) 2 (66.7) 3 (20.0) 26 (29.9) 3 (25.0) 60 (40.5)  
Killing all malaria transmitting mosquitoes… 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (26.7) 13 (14.9) 1 (8.3) 18 (12.2)  
Accelerated implementation of control interventions 1 (16.7) 1 (4.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (13.3) 5 (5.7) 0 (0.0) 9 (6.1)  
All of the above 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (6.7) 8 (9.2) 1 (8.3) 10 (6.8)  
None of the above 0 (0.0) 1 (4.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.4)  
Don’t know 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 3 (20.0) 8 (9.2) 7 (58.3) 18 (12.2) 0.000
  1. Options for malaria elimination definition in full, as shown in the Questionnaire: Permanent global cessation of malaria…: Permanent global cessation of malaria prevalence to a point, where intervention measures are no longer necessary
  2. No local malaria transmission…: No local malaria transmission over a period of 3 years within a defined geographical area (Correct option—italics)
  3. Killing all malaria transmitting mosquitoes…: Killing all malaria transmitting mosquitoes within a defined geographical area