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Mobile health interventions for vector control in dengue prone areas in Malaysia

Mahalingam, SR, Abdullah, AH, Tiong, CS, Arshad, K, Ming, LC ORCID: 0000-0002-6971-1383 and Lean, QY 2019 , 'Mobile health interventions for vector control in dengue prone areas in Malaysia' , Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, vol. 14, no. 1 , pp. 87-97 .

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Abstract

The rise of dengue fever incidence over the past decade in Malaysia has associated withincreased morbidity and mortality but also incurred massive healthcare cost. Apart from continuousphysical control efforts and on-going health educational programs using conventional approaches,it seems ineffective in tackling the increasing trend of dengue. The objective of this study was toexamine the acceptance and viability of an integrated mobile e-learning approach in educating thecommunity on the prevention and control of dengue. A face-to-face questionnaire were used tocollect feedback on the intervention from residential adults in four selected dengue fever prone ruralresidential areas in Malaysia. Out of the 379 participants, the majority of residents (99.21%) showeda favourable interest towards the use of e-learning approach. The prime reason given for their interestin the e-learning via smartphones was the provided prompt visual knowledge and understanding.The pictorial diagrams contained diversified information in an easy-to-understand layout. Being ableto understand the information quickly, being able to share information with others and ease of selfregulated learning are the main advantages of disseminating health information via mobile phone.It will be useful and interesting to produce e-learning modules for future community-based healthinterventions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mahalingam, SR and Abdullah, AH and Tiong, CS and Arshad, K and Ming, LC and Lean, QY
Keywords: adult community, dengue fever, e-learning, health education, integrated learning
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sustainability Science and Management
Publisher: Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
ISSN: 1823-8556
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