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Household Surveys

Data collected from these surveys provide a useful ‘snapshot’ of the current malaria situation within communities. These surveys provided a wealth of detail about the study communities, including the coverage and use of interventions, the level and impact of malaria in relation to population characteristics such as socio-economic status and knowledge, attitude and practice of the study communities; treatment-seeking behaviour; child mortality, and factors contributing to health outcomes from malariometric surveys.

How were household surveys conducted?

Households were selected randomly in each site for each survey, and questionnaires were administered by trained field staff. Interviews were conducted with household heads and women aged 15-49 years with a series of questions about their homes and families. These interviews were conducted using hand-held devices (smartphones or tablets).

What information was collected by the household survey?

  • Insecticide treated net ownership and use
  • Indoor residual spraying coverage
  • Knowledge about malaria
  • Demographic and socio-economic variables
  • Febrile illness in children and treatment seeking behaviour
  • Use of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnant women
  • All-cause under-five mortality rate

Why is the household survey data important?

From the data collected, analysts are able to:

  • Understand the household’s attitude to and use of interventions
  • Understand treatment-seeking behaviours
  • Learn about trends of malaria morbidity and mortality within the study communities
  • Explore any correlations which may exist between socio-economic status and access to disease prevention and treatment services within the community




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