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Featured Project: Community engagement and the acceptability of Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) in the Greater Mekong Region

Nils Kaehler is a 2017 GHBN Bursary Fellow

Bio-Sketch:

 My name is Nils Kaehler and I am a PhD-reseacher at Mahidol-Oxford-Reseach-Unit (MORU). I am a specialist in general medicine currently working with family- and travel-medicine in Sandefjord, Norway. I have additionally taken a Master in Clinical Tropical Medicine (MCTM - 2012) and Master of Public Health (MPH – 2013) in Bangkok.

I am currently working on my PhD on Malaria Elimination and Community Engagement at MORU, Bangkok. Otherwise, I am happily married to my Chinese wife Fang, residing in a small but nice village in the south of Norway. 

 

Project outline:

 I am currently working on a comparative study, which is linked, to the evaluation and pilot implementation of Targeted Malaria Elimination (TME) in selected sites in the Greater Mekong sub-Region. My study will assess the acceptability and feasibility of TME and analyze the contribution of community engagement (CE) and other factors to the success of TME to date.

 My data will be collected from stakeholders at a range of levels, focusing on their experiences of, attitudes towards and behavior around Malaria Elimination.

The study will explore factors associated with the planning, implementation and feasibility of TME and look for further factors that may affect the acceptability of TME in the different communities.

As Community Engagement (CE) has been implemented with slightly varied strategies at each site, data from all sites will be analyzed and prepared for possible comparison. I expect this will help to synthesize new lessons for future national- and multinational CE activities.

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