Recognition of malaria, treatment seeking behaviour and perception of the causes and effects of malaria among women attending antenatal clinic in Mudzi district in Zimbabwe

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University of Cape Town

Malaria is an important public health problem with a high morbidity and mortality in more than 90 malaria endemic countries in the world. The burden of malaria is quite high especially among pregnant women and children under five years of age. There has been little focus on the factors that influence women's responses to malaria control strategies, It is important to establish whether the control measures, health education and the treatment options are available to and utilised by women. They are the caretakers of young children who are particularly vulnerable to severe malaria, and in need of prompt response to the illness, while women themselves are at great risk of severe anaemia and other complications during pregnancy. The purpose of the study is to better understand the role of women in the control and management of malaria at the household level, particularly with respect to women's awareness of transmission, prophylaxis, symptoms, complications, treatment and control of the disease and to provide recommendations to make malaria control programs more gender sensitive and therefore more effective.

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