Journal of Advances in Health and Medical Sciences
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Journal ISSN: 2517-9616
Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.20474/jahms-2.2.1
Received: 22 April 2016
Accepted: 10 May 2016
Published: 24 June 2016
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  • Innovatively exploring the constraints and challenges faced by malaria patients in the prevention and control of malaria–Nkhata Bay Malawi

John Damison Phiri

Published online: 2016

Abstract

. Malaria continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Malawi such that it accounts over one third of all outpatients annually. Further to this it is a leading cause of hospital admission among children below the age of 5 years as it is responsible for about 40% of all hospitalization of this age group. Above all malaria accounts for over 30% of in hospital child death and adults are not able to work an average of 25 days in a year due to malaria. The incidence is currently standing at 484/1000 up from 458/1000 in 2009. This is despite several interventions and strategies being employed to try to reverse the trend. A qualitative research was used in order to explore the constraints and challenges faced by malaria patients in the prevention and control of malaria in Nkhata Bay Malawi. The confirmed malaria patients were put into four categories: Pregnant women, children below 5 years of age, adult females and adult males and in each category a participant was identified through random sampling without replacement. Primary data from the participants was obtained through semi-structured interviews and an analysis of the collected data was done using MS Excel. Ethical clearances were obtained from both Malawi and Thailand