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Estimated Rates of Intermittent Preventive Treatment During Pregnancy for Malaria Based on Population-based Survey Responses: Reliability of Recall Among Women with Antenatal Care Cards
Authors: Natasha Hansen, Susan Youll, Lia Florey, and Cameron Taylor
Source: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-1296
Topic(s): Antenatal care
Maternal health
Country: Africa
  Multiple African Countries
Published: JUN 2021
Abstract: Large household surveys performed to estimate coverage rates for various health interventions, including intermittent preventive treatment, depend on recall. Many studies question the validity of recalled data. Regarding vaccine coverage rates, it is standard practice to validate responses using medical history cards. To validate the coverage rates of intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy reported by large household surveys, recalled coverage rates were compared with antenatal care card data in Benin, Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania. The results indicated that recall was comparable to the coverage rates provided indicated by the antenatal care cards. These findings suggest that intermittent preventive treatment coverage rates reported by large household surveys performed using recalled data are valid.