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In the context of a larger study on malaria related knowledge, attitudes, practices and beliefs in western Uganda 813 women aged 15–49 years were shown a sample of a pre-packed, unit-dosed malaria treatment for children, its use was explained and attitudes of the women were investigated. Of all women, 90.5% (86% urban, 92% rural) said they would prefer the pre-packed over the conventional type of treatment and 93.9% of these were willing to pay between 0.17 (rural) and 0.29 (urban) US$ more for this treatment. Two-thirds (67.8%) thought that they would not have to ask their spouses before making a decision on the kind of treatment and 59.5% said they would rather stock the treatment at home than buy it when a child gets sick. The most mentioned reason for preferring pre-packs was their safety and cleanliness, while ease of application, dosing and compliance were secondary. We conclude that pre-packed, unit-dosed malaria treatment is accepted by the caretakers of children in the area studied and that they readily understand and accept its concept. This indicates a high potential for this approach to improve the home management of malaria fevers and reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality if adequate coverage can be achieved and if the intervention is embedded into an appropriate programme of behavioural change communication and provider training.
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Keywords: acceptance; home management; malaria treatment; pre-packaging

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: GTZ Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Dept. Health, Education, Social Security, Eschborn, Germany 2: Basic Health Services Project, GTZ, Fort Portal, Uganda 3: District Health Services, Kabarole District, Uganda

Publication date: 2003-05-01

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