Malaria Evidence Base

For decades, social and behavior change communication (SBCC) has been used in malaria programs to positively influence behaviors around case management, malaria in pregnancy, insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying. However, the evidence base for the impact of SBCC on malaria-related behavioral outcomes is still growing, especially with the recent introduction and scale-up of several malaria interventions and commodities.

To document and assess the evidence for malaria SBCC, HC3 conducted a critical review of the literature using a multiphase search and review process, involving abstract and full-article reviews of approximately 3,600 peer-reviewed articles and 1,700 grey literature documents. Each article was then scored on two indicators: the strength of the evidence presented in the article and the extent to which the SBCC activity used best practices during the design and implementation of the program.

The result is the Malaria SBCC Evidence Package, which includes a searchable online database, factsheets and infographics that compile and highlight key SBCC successes on malaria outcomes. The database below presents a collection of 80 articles describing interventions or studies that address malaria challenges through SBCC approaches. Some studies address the same intervention across multiple articles, while other studies evaluate multiple interventions in the same article.

Articles can be automatically filtered by checking boxes in the following categories (also listed below): Country, Malaria Technical Area, Type of Communication Intervention, Study Design and/or Audience Segmented. Unchecking the boxes or clicking the “clear filters” button will return the database to its original state. The database can also be filtered by searching keywords in the “search” box above the database. Database results can be printed, copied or converted into Excel/CSV files by clicking the appropriate buttons below.

Key findings from compiling the database have been highlighted in a series of infographics and factsheets on several malaria technical areas, including:

  • Case Management
  • Insecticide-treated Nets
  • Service Provider Behaviors

Last modified: April 13, 2020

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