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Antimalarial drug utilization by women in central Ethiopia

Yeneneh Hailu

Titre : Antimalarial drug utilization by women in central Ethiopia

Auteur : Hailu Yeneneh

Université de soutenance : McGill University Montreal,

Grade : Master of Science 1992

A survey was undertaken to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices, with respect to malaria, of 300 women from six randomly selected rural communities in Central Ethiopia from December 1991 to February 1992. Eighty-five per cent were able to recognize one or more of the common symptoms of malaria. Transmission was generally misunderstood and only 23% believed it could be prevented. More women preferred to obtain antimalarials from government clinics than from private drug shops, mission clinics, unofficial injectors, open markets or from leftover sources. Children under five were identified as the most malaria-vulnerable group and given priority for treatment. Severity of illness was the principal determinant in seeking treatment. Decisions were generally made jointly by both parents. As distance from a health unit increased, knowledge about transmissibility of malaria decreased (OR =.48 ; 95% CI.27,.86). Logistic regression analysis showed literacy and village to be the most important variables associated with knowledge of prevention.

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