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Malaria Treatment Practices Among Mothers in Guinea

Deborah C. Glik, William B. Ward, Andrew Gordon and Fassu Haba
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 30, No. 4, Theme: Sociological Studies of Third World Health and Health Care (Dec., 1989), pp. 421-435
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136990
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Malaria Treatment Practices Among Mothers in Guinea
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Abstract

A survey of mothers of young children in Guinea, West Africa (June-July 1988) suggests that individual, sociocultural, and structural factors influence the use of antimalarials for episodes of fever presumed to be malaria. A survey of 243 mothers was carried out in eight different sites (four urban and four rural) in two regions of the country. Among mothers interviewed, use of Western antimalarials for infants and children with fever was acceptable, but access to treatment was problematic. Mothers interviewed were less likely to use antimalarials during pregnancy, partly because of certain misconceptions about their effects and lack of access to the medication. Despite programmatic efforts to promote practices of presumptive treatment of fever among young children and chemoprophylaxis during pregnancy among mothers in towns and villages surveyed, variables associated with low use of antimalarials by mothers and their young children reflect important barriers to the implementation of child survival initiatives.

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