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Chloroquine still in use to treat malaria in Nigeria

Evidence shows that malaria is one of the diseases with many variations in treatment. If you have one hundred health care workers today to treat uncomplicated malaria, you will probably have more than 50% treat malaria differently (emphasis is mine). Most times policy is not followed in providing malaria treatment. Efforts have been made in training health care workers in the public sector on malaria treatment but not enough has been done for the private sector.

Chloroquine still in use to treat malaria in Nigeria

We reside in a country where policies are not based on emperical, long time scientific evidence. Data where available may not be credible as many people involved in the collection of such data may not even understand the implication of poor quality data.

Mind the gap: knowledge and practice of providers treating uncomplicated malaria at public and mission health facilities, pharmacies and drug stores in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Background: Artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) has been the first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon since 2004 and Nigeria since 2005, though many febrile patients receive less effective antimalarials. Patients often rely on providers to select treatment, and interventions are needed to improve providers' practice and encourage them to adhere to clinical guidelines.

Malaria treatment policy change in Uganda: what role did evidence play?

Background: Although increasing attention is being paid to knowledge translation (KT), research findings are not being utilized to the desired extent. The present study explores the roles of evidence, barriers, and factors facilitating the uptake of evidence in the change in malaria treatment policy in Uganda, building on previous work in Uganda that led to the development of a middle range theory (MRT) outlining the main facilitatory factors for KT. Application of the MRT to a health policy case will contribute to refining it.
 

Comparing two approaches for estimating the causal effect of behaviour-change communication messages promoting insecticide-treated bed nets: an analysis of the 2010 Zambia malaria indicator survey.

Over the past decade, efforts to increase the use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) have relied primarily on the routine distribution of bed nets to pregnant women attending antenatal services or on the mass distribution of bed nets to households.

Use of bednets: Household training vs mass education (2)

Health care is founded on trust, so it shouldn't surprise us to learn that people are more likely to believe (and act on) information that is hard to understand without scientific education, when it comes from the lips of someone they know, than from an anonymous "all points bulletin"!
 

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