Prevention and control of malaria measures used by people of naulu tribe in Seram island central Maluku regency

Nur Baharia Marasabessy, Oedojo Soedirham, Yoes Prijatna Dachlan

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Malaria is still a major global health problem, killing more than one million people every year. The Naulu is one of the remote tribes in Seram Island of Maluku Province which is known to be a malaria endemic area, but the inceidence of malaria was reported to be very low. This study aims to describe the Naulu perspective on malaria, causes of malaria, prevention and malaria control efforts. Research method is qualitative research with phenomenology design. Research subjects were people of Naulu, public figure and managing malaria program at primary health centers. To ensure that the people of Naulu do not suffer form malaria, microscopic examination for plasmodium were done with blood sample. The result of microscopic examination of 100 research samples showed only two samples were positive for malaria. The result of indepth interview got habit of society to make efforts of prevention and self treatment of malaria. This habits were gained from generation to generation from their predecessors. Such as using fumes from the dried skin of duku (Lansium domesticum) and consuming bitter foods. Treatment effort uses existing ingredients around the environment that are made independently of them by drinking boiled water of sambiloto (Andrographis paniculata) leaves, papaya (Carica papaya) leaves, or stem bark of pule (Alstonia scholaris R.Br) which reflects the lower incidence of malaria because of these traditional practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1447-1451
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • Malaria
  • Naulu tribe
  • Prevention
  • Treatment


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