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Health system, socio-cultural, economic, environmental and individual factors influencing bed net use in the prevention of malaria in pregnancy in two Ghanaian regions

November 19, 2019 - 06:09 -- Open Access
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Matilda Aberese-Ako, Pascal Magnussen, Gifty D. Ampofo and Harry Tagbor
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:363, 12 November 2019

Improving maternal health remains a priority to the Ghanaian government. Consequently, it has implemented the World Health Organization recommendation of distributing free long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to pregnant women—one of the effective strategies to combating malaria in pregnancy. However, the burden of negative outcomes of malaria in pregnancy such as low birth weight and miscarriages is still high. This may be related to the health system, socio-cultural and economic dynamics that influence LLIN use, but their role is not well understood. This ethnographic study sought to understand health system, socio-cultural, economic and environmental dynamics in utilization of LLINs among pregnant women in two Ghanaian regions.

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The economic burden of malaria on households and the health system in a high transmission district of Mozambique

November 18, 2019 - 16:23 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Sergi Alonso, Carlos J. Chaccour, Eldo Elobolobo, Amilcar Nacima, Baltazar Candrinho, Abuchahama Saifodine, Francisco Saute, Molly Robertson and Rose Zulliger
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:360, 11 November 2019

Malaria remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Mozambique. Increased investments in malaria control have reduced the burden, but few studies have estimated the costs of malaria in the country. This paper estimates the economic costs associated with malaria care to households and to the health system in the high burden district of Mopeia in central Mozambique.

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