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07.12.2017 | Original Article | Ausgabe 4/2018

Journal of Public Health 4/2018

Factors affecting the uptake of malaria prevention strategies among pregnant women in Nigeria: evidence from 2013 Nigeria demographic and health survey

Zeitschrift:
Journal of Public Health > Ausgabe 4/2018
Autoren:
Bolaji Samson Aregbeshola, Samina Mohsin Khan
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The original version of this article was revised: Due to the existence of another journal with the same name, the Publisher has added a subtitle, “From Theory to Practice.” Effective as of January 2018, the new title of this Journal is Journal of Public Health: From Theory to Practice.
A correction to this article is available online at https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s10389-017-0893-1.

Abstract

Aim

This study aims to examine the factors affecting the uptake of malaria prevention strategies among pregnant women in Nigeria.

Methods

Secondary data from the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey were used to examine the factors affecting the uptake of malaria prevention strategies among pregnant women (n = 4493) in Nigeria. Variables on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of pregnant women were analysed. Data analysis was carried out using STATA version 12 software and univariate, bivariate and multivariate analyses were conducted.

Results

We found that only 10.3% of pregnant women received intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy, while 17.4% used insecticide-treated bed nets. Multivariate analysis indicated that maternal age (p < 0.05), geo-political zone (p < 0.05), socio-economic status (p < 0.05), religion (p < 0.05), women’s autonomy (p < 0.05) and number of antenatal care visits (p < 0.05) were significant predictors of the uptake of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy. The use of insecticide-treated bed nets was influenced by socio-economic status (p < 0.05) and women’s occupation (p < 0.05).

Conclusion

Our study shows that there is poor uptake of malaria prevention strategies among pregnant women in Nigeria. In addition, demographic and socio-economic factors affect the uptake of malaria prevention strategies. The design of new policies and improvement in the current malaria prevention programs should target demographic and socio-economic factors which are important in increasing the uptake of malaria prevention strategies among pregnant women. We also recommend economic empowerment of women.

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