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Title:Perceived threat of malaria and the use of insecticide treated bed nets in Nigeria
Authors:Abdullahi, Ali Arazeem
Van Zyl-Schalekamp, Cecilia
Seneka, Anton
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Geographic term:Nigeria
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External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/asr/article/view/99583
Abstract:Using multiple qualitative methods, this study investigates the perceived threat and perceived susceptibility of children under five years of age to malaria, and the willingness of caregivers to use insecticide treated nets (ITNs) in the prevention of malaria in selected rural and urban areas in Kwara state, Nigeria. The health belief model (HBM) is the theoretical anchor of the study. Samples included mothers, fathers and grandparents whose child/ward had manifested malaria symptoms at one time or another and who had reported or failed to report such cases at the available health centres. Other respondents were community leaders, health workers and traditional pharmacists popularly known as 'elewe-omo'. The study found that malaria was perceived as a serious health problem and a threat to children by the majority of the respondents. However, high perceived threat of malaria did not guarantee widespread use of ITNs owing to limited access and poor distribution networks. Some measures for equitable and sustainable distribution and use of ITNs in local communities are recommended. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]