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Barriers towards the Prevention and Treatment of Malaria among Pregnant Women at the Nkwen Health Center Bamenda, Cameroon

Authors
  • Nkfusai, Claude Ngwayu1, 2
  • Cumber, Samuel Nambile3
  • Bede, Fala4
  • Njokah Wepngong, Emerson5
  • Tambe, Tabe Armstrong4
  • Wirsiy, Frankline Sevidzem6, 7
  • Achu, Jacintha Rebang5
  • Suh, Bih Moki4
  • Anyang, Frankline Che8
  • Mahlako Tsoka-Gwegweni, Joyce9
  • 1 Malaria Consortium, the Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA, United Kingdom
  • 2 Department of Public Health, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • 3 Institute of Health and Caring Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 4 Georgetown University Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • 5 Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • 6 Intrahealth International Inc., Cameroon
  • 7 University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4355, United States
  • 8 International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • 9 Office of the Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS
Publisher
Global Health and Education Projects, Inc
Publication Date
Mar 06, 2022
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21106/ijma.312
PMID: 35601682
PMCID: PMC8907894
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Short Research Communication | Malaria
License
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Abstract

Malaria remains an important public health problem such that, assessing the challenges experienced among pregnant women (vulnerable) with the uptake of malaria prevention methods and treatment is pertinent. This hospital-based cross-sectional descriptive study that was carried out at a Medicalized Health Center in Nkwen, Cameroon, sought to assess the barriers to malaria prevention faced by 51 pregnant women who attended antenatal clinic (ANC). Over 88% of participants were 15-30 years old. All participants knew at least one symptom of malaria, with 20% of them confirmed to have taken intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) and 53% reported using insecticide-treated bed net (ITN). Educating pregnant women and their spouses on the uptake of IPTp and the use of ITN is a key strategy to curb its high malaria morbidity and mortality rates.

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