In Guyana, malaria is an issue in many regions, particularly among gold-mining populations. In response, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the Pan American Health Organization, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have introduced malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to provide services in hard-to-reach areas. To support this initiative, Breakthrough ACTION is collaborating with the MoPH to respond to the following motivating question: How might we improve malaria outcomes in these regions?
Guided by Breakthrough ACTION’s SBC Flow Chart, two teams of researchers from the MoPH Vector Control Services and Public Relations/Health Promotion Unit along with Breakthrough ACTION staff conducted qualitative research in two regions. These research teams interviewed miners, camp managers, trained malaria testers, community health workers, pharmacists, regional administrative officers, and other vital stakeholders to understand the nature of current malaria services, behaviors around malaria testing, use of recommended and alternative treatments, and the broader malaria context that miners work in.