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Sleeping space matters: LLINs usage in Ghana

Bannor, R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5849-8740, Asare, A.K., Sackey, S.O., Osei-Yeboah, R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4622-3691, Nortey, P.A., Bawole, J.N. and Ansah, Victoria (2020) Sleeping space matters: LLINs usage in Ghana. Pathogens and Global Health, 114 (5). pp. 271-278. ISSN 2047-7732

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Abstract

Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) is an effective malaria prevention mechanism. However, ownership of LLIN does not imply its use among households. The availability of enough sleeping space is a natural prerequisite to install and use LLINs. The objective of this study was to explore the effect of sleeping space and other socio-demographic factors of households’ heads on LLINs usage among households. A cross-sectional household-based study was conducted using a quantitative approach. Data was collected exclusively from households that received LLINs at no direct financial cost to them in a mass malaria campaign conducted in the study area using a structured questionnaire. A total of 383 households sampled for the study received 1,181 LLINs with a range of 1 to 15 LLINs per household. Less than 16% of households that received more than 2 LLINs installed all the LLINs they received during the distribution. Among households that received LLINs, 45% of them did not use them at all and 36% of them used them every night including the night before data collection. The number of bedrooms, children and members per household, and the number of occupants per bedroom were also found statistically associated with the use of LLINs among households. The study used a quantitative approach to investigate sleeping space in relation to LLINs usage and malaria control, an area and topic that has not been adequately covered in the literature.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Microbiology, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases, General Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Victoria Ansah
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 09:58
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2020 09:01
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9515

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