Mobile health interventions for vector control in dengue prone areas in Malaysia
Mahalingam, SR and Abdullah, AH and Tiong, CS and Arshad, K and Ming, LC and Lean, QY, Mobile health interventions for vector control in dengue prone areas in Malaysia, Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, 14, (1) pp. 87-97. ISSN 1823-8556 (2019) [Refereed Article]
The rise of dengue fever incidence over the past decade in Malaysia has associated with
increased morbidity and mortality but also incurred massive healthcare cost. Apart from continuous
physical 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 to
examine the acceptance and viability of an integrated mobile e-learning approach in educating the
community on the prevention and control of dengue. A face-to-face questionnaire were used to
collect feedback on the intervention from residential adults in four selected dengue fever prone rural
residential areas in Malaysia. Out of the 379 participants, the majority of residents (99.21%) showed
a favourable interest towards the use of e-learning approach. The prime reason given for their interest
in 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 able
to 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 health
adult community, dengue fever, e-learning, health education, integrated learning