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The effect of health education interventions on child malaria treatment-seeking practices among mothers in rural refugee villages in Belize, Central America.

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Cropley, L. (2004). "The effect of health education interventions on child malaria treatment-seeking practices among mothers in rural refugee villages in Belize, Central America." Health Promotion International 19(4): 445-452.

Abstract: This paper reports on a study conducted to examine the effect of health education interventions on mothers' treatment-seeking behaviors for their children's malaria fevers. The study used a quasi-experimental post-test community-based design with an intervention and control group. A post-intervention survey was conducted to assess knowledge, attitudes and child fever and malaria treatment-seeking behaviors and access and exposure to health messages. Survey results indicated that some health education interventions, especially interpersonal communication, appeared to have a positive impact on fever and malaria beliefs and attitudes and on positive treatment-seeking behaviors. While some interventions appeared to have a positive impact on fever and malaria beliefs and attitudes and on positive treatment-seeking behaviors, limitations in the study design made assigning specific effects to the interventions difficult. However, health education interventions remain a valuable tool in addressing malaria in children.

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