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Table 1 Topics of community workshops led by health animators

From: Community-based malaria control in southern Malawi: a description of experimental interventions of community workshops, house improvement and larval source management

Category Workshop/topica Learning objective
A. Introduction 1 Vision and commitment on malaria Change of mind-set with regard to malaria control
2 Participatory evaluation Able to evaluate current situation, regarding malaria prevention
B. Malaria basics 3 Malaria transmission cycle Able to describe how the malaria parasite is transmitted
4 Malaria signs and symptoms Able to explain the signs, symptoms and burden of malaria
  5 Malaria diagnosis Able to explain the importance of early diagnosis and treatment
  6 Malaria treatment and compliance Able to explain importance of early treatment and compliance
  7 Malaria prevention Able to outline the available strategies for malaria prevention
C. Bed nets 8 Biting behaviour of mosquito vector Able to describe biting behaviour and self-protection measures
9 Bed net hang-up Demonstrate skills in proper hang-up of bed net
  10 Bed net distribution Able to describe purpose and mechanism of bed net distribution
  11 Bed net use Demonstrate skills in correct use of bed net to optimize protection
  12 Bed net maintenance and repair Demonstrate skills in proper maintenance, repair, of bed nets
D. Various 13 Life-cycle and breeding of the vector Able to describe mosquito life-cycle and breeding sites
  14 Recognizing the mosquitoes Able to distinguish adult malaria mosquitoes
  15 Risks of contracting malaria parasite Able to analyze local risk factors of infection
  16 Vulnerable groups Able to describe vulnerability of pregnant women, young children
  17 Case management, severe malaria Able to recognize severe malaria, need for hospital admission
  18 Community and health system Able to explain health system structure and community linkage
  19 Mother and infant care Able to explain role of mother to recognize severe illness in infants
  20 Malaria prevention (repeat) See (7)
  21 Bed net maintenance, repair (repeat) See (12)
E. Community 22 Community-wide malaria control Able to explain need for collective action, identify players
23 Problem analysis Able to identify problems, causes and effects
  24 Community action planning Able to develop a plan of collective actions to control malaria
  25 Songs and drama Able to explain the role of songs and drama for awareness raising
  26 Participatory evaluation Able to evaluate progress made, regarding malaria prevention
  1. See Additional file 1
  2. aThe order of topics was adjusted to the local situation or demand