Malaria Treatment-Seeking Behaviour Among Caregivers Of Children Under Five Years In The Nkwanta District.

ABSTRACT

The malaria menace continues to claim the lives of children. More than a third of children under five die before the first month of life. In any malaria control programme, treatment seeking behaviour of caregivers acting in synergy with other factors such as sociocultural factors, economic and health system factors has been identified as contributing significantly to the survival of children. They contribute directly or indirectly to the high morbidity and mortality rate in children under five years. This study is therefore aimed at determining the knowledge of caregivers on causes and symptoms of malaria, to identify the treatment options and factors influencing caregivers‟ treatment seeking behaviour in the Nkwanta district as well as their treatment practices. A multi-stage cluster sampling method was used in selecting caregivers. Three subdistricts were selected purposively taking their geographical locations into consideration. Four hundred caregivers from the three sub-districts were interviewed. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection were used using structured questionnaires and focus group discussion guides. Data was analysed using SPSS version 11.5 and EpiInfo version 3.3.2 software for the quantitative data and the qualitative data was analysed manually after transcription. Results showed that caregivers‟ knowledge on malaria was low and was affected by their level of education. Caregivers used multiple methods of treatment for their children. Their first point of call for treatment was the hospital (71.4%) and pharmacy (26.9%). Delay at home, distance to and time spent at the treatment source (P

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APA

Ofori-Kuma, P (2021). Malaria Treatment-Seeking Behaviour Among Caregivers Of Children Under Five Years In The Nkwanta District.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/malaria-treatment-seeking-behaviour-among-caregivers-of-children-under-five-years-in-the-nkwanta-district

MLA 8th

Ofori-Kuma, Pamela "Malaria Treatment-Seeking Behaviour Among Caregivers Of Children Under Five Years In The Nkwanta District." Afribary. Afribary, 11 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/malaria-treatment-seeking-behaviour-among-caregivers-of-children-under-five-years-in-the-nkwanta-district. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

Ofori-Kuma, Pamela . "Malaria Treatment-Seeking Behaviour Among Caregivers Of Children Under Five Years In The Nkwanta District.". Afribary, Afribary, 11 Apr. 2021. Web. 23 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/malaria-treatment-seeking-behaviour-among-caregivers-of-children-under-five-years-in-the-nkwanta-district >.

Chicago

Ofori-Kuma, Pamela . "Malaria Treatment-Seeking Behaviour Among Caregivers Of Children Under Five Years In The Nkwanta District." Afribary (2021). Accessed July 23, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/malaria-treatment-seeking-behaviour-among-caregivers-of-children-under-five-years-in-the-nkwanta-district