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Caregiver exposure to malaria social and behaviour change messages can improve bed net use among children in an endemic country: secondary analysis of the 2015 Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey
Authors: Kirsten Zalisk, Samantha Herrera, Uwem Inyang, Audu Bala Mohammed, Perpetua Uhomoibhi, and Yazoumé Yé
Source: Malaria Journal, 18:121; DOI: 10.1186/s12936-019-2750-x
Topic(s): Insecticidetreated mosquito nets (ITNs)
Country: Africa
Published: APR 2019
Abstract: Background To reduce the malaria burden in Nigeria, the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) 2014?2020 calls for the scale-up of prevention and treatment interventions, including social and behaviour change (SBC). SBC interventions can increase awareness and improve the demand for and uptake of malaria interventions. However, there is limited evidence supporting the implementation of SBC interventions to improve key malaria behaviours, such as insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) use, among children in Nigeria. Methods Using data from 2015 Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey, this study used multiple logistic regression to assess the relationship between caregiver exposure to malaria messages and ITN use among children under five. Results Caregiver exposure to ITN-related messages was significantly associated with ITN use among children under five (odds ratio [OR]?=?1.63, p?