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Table 5 The respondents’ ratings of the issues likely to affect the implementation of malaria elimination in South Africa by respondents’ years of experience

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

Statement Rating Years of experience
< 10 10–19 20–29 30 + Total p value
n = 37 (%) n = 24 (%) n = 51 (%) n = 35 (%) n = 147 (%)
Understanding of malaria epidemiology in South Africa (overall n = 147) Very good 8 (21.6) 7 (29.2) 9 (17.6) 11 (31.4) 35 (23.8)  
Good 17 (45.9) 7 (29.2) 29 (56.9) 16 (45.7) 69 (46.9)  
Average 11 (29.7) 7 (29.2) 9 (17.6) 4 (11.4) 31 (21.1)  
Poor 1 (2.7) 1 (4.2) 3 (5.9) 2 (5.7) 7 (4.8)  
Very poor 0 (0.0) 2 (8.3) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.9) 3 (2.0)  
Don’t know 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.0) 1 (2.9) 2 (1.4) 0.264
Availability of effective malaria intervention tools
(overall n = 147)
Very good 2 (5.4) 1 (4.2) 9 (17.7) 2 (5.7) 14 (9.5)  
Good 11 (29.7) 11 (45.8) 24 (47.1) 25 (71.4) 71 (48.3)  
Average 19 (51.4) 10 (41.7) 13 (25.5) 5 (14.3) 47 (32.0)  
Poor 4 (10.8) 1 (4.2) 4 (7.8) 2 (5.7) 11 (7.5)  
Very poor 1 (2.7) 1 (4.2) 1 (2.0) 1 (2.9) 4 (2.7) 0.018
Don’t Know 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)  
Researchers’ attitudes towards malaria elimination (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.0) 1 (2.9) 3 (2.0)  
Good 0 (0.0) 1 (4.2) 4 (7.8) 3 (8.6) 8 (5.4)  
Average 0 (0.0) 2 (8.3) 3 (5.9) 2 (5.7) 7 (4.8)  
Poor 0 (0.0) 4 (16.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.7)  
Very poor 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7) 0.016
Don’t know 36 (97.3) 17 (70.8) 42 (82.4) 29 (82.9) 124 (84.4)  
Malaria research skills to conduct studies to support malaria elimination (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 2 (8.3) 9 (17.7) 6 (17.1) 18 (12.2)  
Good 10 (27.0) 6 (25.0) 9 (17.7) 5 (14.3) 30 (20.4)  
Average 10 (27.0) 4 (16.7) 11 (21.6) 3 (8.6) 28 (19.1)  
Poor 3 (8.1) 8 (33.3)   5 (14.3) 21 (14.3)  
Very poor 2 (5.4) 1 (4.2) 5 (9.8) 1 (2.9) 6 (4.1) 0.077
Don’t know 11 (29.7) 3 (12.5) 2 (3.9)
15 (29.4)
15 (42.9) 44 (29.9)  
Availability of current research evidence to guide malaria elimination (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 1 (4.2) 7(13.7) 2 (5.7) 11 (7.5)  
Good 7 (18.9) 3 (12.5) 12 (23.5) 7 (20.0) 29 (19.7)  
Average 6 (16.2) 6 (25.0) 10 (19.6) 7 (20.0) 29 (19.7)  
Poor 9 (24.3) 9 (37.5) 6 (11.8) 5 (14.3) 29 (19.7)  
Very poor 1 (2.7) 3 (12.5) 2 (3.9) 1 (2.9) 7 (4.8) 0.159
Don’t know 13 (35.1) 2 (8.3) 14 (27.5) 13 (37.1) 42 (28.6)  
Political leadership to support malaria elimination in South Africa (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 4 (7.8) 2 (5.7) 7 (4.8)  
Good 2 (5.4) 4 (16.7) 19 (37.3) 7 (20.0) 32 (21.8)  
Average 7 (18.9) 6 (25.0) 12 (23.5) 6 (17.1) 31 (21.1)  
Poor 14 (37.8) 6 (25.0) 10 (19.6) 13 (37.1) 43 (29.3)  
Very poor 8 (21.6) 5 (20.8) 4 (7.8) 2 (5.7) 19 (12.9) 0.024
Don’t know 5 (13.5) 3 (12.5) 2 (3.9) 5 (14.3) 15 (10.2)  
Availability of funds to implement elimination policy
(overall n = 146)
Very good 0 (0.0) 1 (4.2) 1 (2.0) 1 (2.9) 3 (2.1)  
Good 1 (2.8) 1 (4.2) 6 (11.8) 3 (8.6) 11 (7.5)  
Average 13 (36.1) 3 (12.5) 10 (19.6) 10 (28.6) 36 (24.7)  
Poor 10 (27.8) 11 (45.8) 19 (37.3) 10 (28.6) 50 (34.3)  
Very poor 4 (11.1) 5 (20.8) 8 (15.7) 5 (14.3) 22 (15.1) 0.650
Don’t know 8 (22.2) 3 (12.5) 7 (13.7) 6 (17.1) 24 (16.4)  
Cross-border collaboration with neighbouring countries (overall n = 146) Very good 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 2 (4.0) 1 (2.9) 4 (2.7)  
Good 2 (5.4) 5 (20.8) 8 (16.0) 11 (31.4) 26 (17.8)  
Average 7 (18.9) 4 (16.7) 15 (30.0) 4 (11.4) 30 (20.6)  
Poor 12 (32.4) 3 (12.5) 11 (22.0) 8 (22.9) 34 (23.3)  
Very poor 4 (10.8) 7 (29.2) 8 (16.0) 5 (14.3) 24 (16.4) 0.119
Don’t know 11 (29.7) 5 (20.8) 6 (12.0) 6 (17.1) 28 (19.2)  
Collaborations between malaria programmes and research institutions for research support (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 7 (13.7) 3 (8.6) 11 (7.5)  
Good 8 (21.6) 6 (25.0) 17 (33.3) 13 (37.1) 44 (29.9)  
Average 10 (27.0) 6 (25.0) 6 (11.8) 6 (17.1) 28 (19.1)  
Poor 2 (5.4) 3 (12.5) 6 (11.8) 1 (2.9) 12 (8.2)  
Very poor 3 (8.1) 1 (4.2) 1 (2.0) 1 (2.9) 6 (4.1) 0.380
Don’t know 13 (35.1) 8 (33.3) 14 (27.5) 11 (31.4) 46 (31.3)  
Community involvement in malaria interventions (overall n = 147) Very Good 4 (10.8) 1 (4.2) 7 (13.7) 7 (20.0) 19 (12.9)  
Good 17 (46.0) 8 (33.3) 22 (43.1) 13 (37.1) 60 (40.8)  
Average 9 (24.3) 9 (37.5) 16 (31.4) 8 (22.9) 42 (28.6)  
Poor 4 (10.8) 5 (20.8) 4 (7.8) 7 (20.0) 20 (13.6)  
Very poor 2 (5.4) 1 (4.2) 1 (2.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.7) 0.618
Don’t know 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.4)  
Support from advocacy groups to maintain focus in malaria elimination (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 5 (14.3) 6 (4.1)  
Good 4 (10.8) 1 (4.2) 6 (11.8) 3 (8.6) 14 (9.5)  
Average 8 (21.6) 5 (20.8) 5 (9.8) 4 (11.4) 22 (15.0)  
Poor 4 (10.8) 8 (33.3) 4 (7.8) 5 (14.3) 21 (14.3)  
Very poor 5 (13.5) 3 (12.5) 1 (2.0) 1 (2.9) 10 (6.8) 0.003
Don’t know 15 (40.5) 7 (29.2) 35 (68.6) 17 (48.6) 74 (50.3)  
Strategy for population movement to curb importation of malaria cases (overall n = 147) Very good 1 (2.7) 0 (0.0) 2 (3.9) 1 (2.9) 4 (2.7)  
Good 2 (5.4) 1 (4.2) 8 (15.7) 4 (11.4) 15 (10.2)  
Average 6 (16.2) 2 (8.3) 3 (5.9) 7 (20.0) 18 (12.2)  
Poor 11 (29.7) 6 (25.0) 14 (27.5) 7 (20.0) 38 (25.9)  
Very poor 9 (24.3) 10 (41.7) 6 (11.8) 4 (11.4) 29 (19.7) 0.174
Don’t know 8 (21.6) 5 (20.8) 18 (35.3) 12 (34.3) 43 (29.3)