Knowledge of women of child bearing age on the utilisation of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy at Dangamvura and Sakubva health centers, Mutare, Zimbabwe .
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Even though it appears as if countries in sub-Saharan Africa have made important progress in IPTp implementation, coverage levels remain low. Various studies done have come out with various findings ranging from lack of knowledge to negative attitudes of woman towards the program. The purpose of this study was to determine the association between knowledge and utilization of IPTp by pregnant women attending ANC services at Dangamvura and Sakubva Mutare city clinics. Pender’s health promotion model was used to guide and direct the study. A descriptive correlation design was used for the study. The author examined the strength of the relationship between knowledge and utilisation of IPTp by pregnant women attending ANC at Dangamvura and Sakubva Mutare Clinics. A sample of 80 women who were attending ANC visits was selected by systematic random sampling. Data were collected through face to face interviews using a structured questionnaire. Interview guide consisted of questions on knowledge and utilization of IPTp and the association between knowledge and utilization were asked. Additionally Focus Group Discussions were used. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Pearson’s correlation showed an insignificant correlation (r=0.097) women’s knowledge to utilisation of IPTp. The findings did not support that knowledge on IPTp improves utilisation of the program. It is important therefore for Midwives to intensify tailor made health education and motivate women to utilise IPTp services.
College of Health Sciences
Intermittent preventive treatment