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Malaria Larval Source Management



Based on the report from World Health Organization on July 2013, there are an estimated 219 million episodes of malaria and an estimated 660,000 deaths caused by malaria in 2010. 

Global malaria control has been developed rapidly to prevent the malaria deaths and produced very good results. Larval Source Management (LSM) is an effective way in controlling malaria for many years. The purpose of LSM is to prevent the aquatic habitats of the mosquitoes’ life cycle into the mature adult stage. Larval source management conducts inspection survey through standard forms. Traditionally inspectors have to manually fill in those forms in the fields then submit them to the health authorities. This is very time consuming and very inefficient for the health authorities to monitor and control the malaria.

To address this issue and improve the whole process of larval source management surveillance, we have built up an android mobile platform for the inspectors to surveillance data and synchronize with the central server directly. The system has been applied by the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) with satisfied results.
The system will have three main modules including user management, surveillance data and data synchronization. The communication between mobile and the central server is via SOAP Web Services Call. Dynamic data like the predefined region, city, area, breeding sites, type of larvae, and stage of larvae etc. will be stored in the central database and sent to mobile android application via web services.

To provide both online synchronization mode and offline synchronization mode, the survey data will be stored in the shared preferences and user can synchronize those data instantly or later based on the availability of the network.

The final system interface is shown in the following figures: