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Local knowledge and practices towards malaria in an irrigated farming community in Ghana

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, April 2018
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Local knowledge and practices towards malaria in an irrigated farming community in Ghana
Published in
Malaria Journal, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12936-018-2291-8
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Hector Attu, Jones K. Adjei


Although malaria is endemic across Ghana, the risk is generally elevated for residents living in and around stagnant water bodies such as dams and irrigated farming projects. What knowledge do these at-risk populations have about the aetiology and symptoms of malaria? What are their coping strategies? And what interventions are needed to help improve the health outcomes of people living in high-risk malaria communities? This study addressed these research questions with primary data, comprising both qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys, collected in Asutsuare-a rural irrigated farming community located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Results from the fieldwork showed that awareness of malaria as a major health concern in the community was universal. Respondents also displayed a high knowledge of some common clinical symptoms of malaria. Yet, only 3% out of the total survey respondents of 337 indicated they immediately visit a health facility for treatment whenever they suspected malaria. The overwhelming majority (about 97%) indicated they only visit a healthcare facility for treatment if they felt the suspected malaria illness was severe and/or other treatment options had failed. Malaria testing training for drug dispensing personnel as well as the provision of malaria testing kits in drug dispensing stores are necessary to facilitate early malaria screening and timely diagnosis particularly in rural endemic areas.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 41 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 10%
Lecturer 3 7%
Researcher 3 7%
Other 9 22%
Unknown 5 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 24%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 7%
Environmental Science 3 7%
Social Sciences 3 7%
Other 11 27%
Unknown 7 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 April 2018.
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