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Knowledge, perceptions and prevention of malaria among women in Sistan va Baluchestan, Islamic Republic of Iran

(2003) Knowledge, perceptions and prevention of malaria among women in Sistan va Baluchestan, Islamic Republic of Iran. East Mediterr Health J. pp. 248-56. ISSN 1020-3397 (Print) 1020-3397

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Abstract

A questionnaire about malaria knowledge, beliefs and practices was given to a random sample of 2168 married women from rural and urban areas of Sistan va Baluchestan, Islamic Republic of Iran. The mean knowledge score of subjects was low at 5.5 (maximum 15.0). Few respondents (37.6) knew that malaria was an important disease in the area and only 58.4 knew that malaria was transmitted by mosquitoes. Most subjects (69.4) never used a mosquito net. Only 49.9 of rural and 73.8 of urban residents would seek care for fever and chills from the local health centre. Community health workers (behvarz) were the main source of information (29.5) for rural women; the role of physicians in education was minimal. Subsequent health education must be tailored to the educational needs of the target population in this area.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent Adult Aged Analysis of Variance Animals Anopheles/parasitology *Attitude to Health Child Communicable Disease Control/*methods Cross-Sectional Studies Educational Status Female Health Behavior Health Education/*standards *Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Humans Insect Vectors/parasitology Iran/epidemiology Malaria, Vivax/epidemiology/parasitology/*prevention & control/transmission Marital Status Middle Aged Mosquito Control/methods Physician's Role Residence Characteristics/statistics & numerical data Surveys and Questionnaires *Women/education/psychology
Page Range: pp. 248-56
Journal or Publication Title: East Mediterr Health J
Journal Index: Pubmed
Volume: 9
Number: 3
ISSN: 1020-3397 (Print) 1020-3397
Depositing User: خانم مهدیه رضائی پور
URI: http://eprints.zaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/3014

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