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Table 1 Timeline of PacELF events, surveys, and MDA in Fiji 1997–2007

From: Lymphatic filariasis in Fiji: progress towards elimination, 1997–2007

Year Events Surveys MDA
1997   Baseline (A) surveys 1997–2001:
Rotuma (N = 97)
 
1998    
1999    
2000 National Plan of Action finalized.
National Committee formed.
National Policy developed.
Nationwide education and awareness campaign on MDA and LF.
Baseline (A) survey 1997–2001 continued:
Mapping survey (by ICT) to confirm endemic LF status in Fiji and the need for MDA: convenience sampling of 5893 people in > 45 sites across Fiji
 
2001 July 2001—PacELF home office established at the Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control in Tamavua  
2002 Public health nurses trained; health promotion material distributed and campaign for MDA underway Continued village surveys pre-MDA: convenience testing (by ICT and Mf) in 3214 persons of all ages in 48 villages. All positive cases were treated. MDA1
2003 Full-time PacELF coordinator is established. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) questionnaire administered by health professionals to MDA participants over 16. Follow-up testing and treatment of positive cases. MDA2
2004 MDA promotional material distribution. Sentinel site (B) and spot check surveys: convenience testing (by ICT) in persons of all ages, in 14 villages; all positive cases treated. MDA3
2005 Advocacy and awareness campaign managed by specially appointed awareness committee.
Bednet study in Rewa district.
Knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) questionnaire administered by health professionals to MDA participants over 16.
Commencement of radio and television MDA promotional broadcasts in Fijian, Hindi, and English.
Sentinel site (B) and spot check surveys: convenience testing (by ICT) in persons of all ages in 46 villages; all positive cases treated. MDA4
2006 Global Alliance meeting in Fiji—Theme of “Global Elimination of LF: Successes and Challenges.”
Program review including review of the MDA coverage results and communication strategy.
Follow-up: testing (by ICT) and treatment of positive cases.
Coverage survey administered in Northern Division to assess MDA 5.
MDA5
2007 For the purpose of future LF elimination planning, identifying at-risk areas and presenting data, Fiji program is reorganized into 4 divisions—Eastern, Northern, Western, and Central. Stop-MDA survey: ICT and Mf of all ages (C Survey) in 6745 people in 65 villages. Results > 1% positive in all but Western Division. No MDA