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Research: Community health workers’ perceptions of barriers to utilisation of malaria interventions in Lilongwe, Malawi: a qualitative study

November 22, 2012 - 13:31 -- Serge Christiaans
Edson Dembo
MWJ 2012, 3:11
Article type: 
Case study

Beliefs and perceptions about malaria interventions may greatly affect the implementation of interventions at community level. This study explored the perception of community health workers in Lilongwe on barriers to effective malaria control service delivery and utilisation at the community level and identified a number of factors that health workers cited as barriers and challenges to effective implementation of malaria interventions in Lilongwe.

It was demonstrated, in part, that beliefs and perceptions about malaria intervention evolved through ecological correlations and requires education that fully explains how such correlations arose other than simple disproof as myths. A participatory approach in designing and delivering malaria interventions at community level complemented with the inclusion of traditional interventions results in better collaboration and is more likely to be accepted by members of the community as it provides cultural synthesis.

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