Table 5

Comparison of knowledge and practice between households with and without community health workers in the district of Djenné, Mali.

Knowledge and health practices of households

Household without support from a community heath worker † n = 78 *

Household with support from a community heath worker n = 323*

P value ±


Number

%

Number

%



Correct Treatment of child fevera

60

76.9

293

90.7

< 0.001

Correct Treatment of child diarrhoea

5

6.4

42

13.0

0.104

Use of oxytetracycline

32

41.0

79

24.5

0.003

Knowledge of drug doses

- Correct for chloroquine

16

20.5

69

21.6

0.839

- Correct for paracetamol

34

43.6

145

44.9

0.835

Possession of household health kit

Yes

10

12.8

37

11.5

0.750

Presence of paracetamol in house

Yes

5

6.4

37

11.5

0.192

Presence of chloroquine in house

Yes

5

6.4

68

21.1

0.002

Presence of oral rehydration solutions in household

Yes

0

0

3

0.9

0.522

Presence of over the counter drugs

2

2.6

16

5.0

0.542

Bed net

- Presence

51

65.4

264

81.7

0.001

- Being used (n = 264)

25

51.0

191

79.9

< 0.001

- Impregnated (n = 264)

10

20.4

54

21.5

0.863

Iodized salt

71

95.9

305

99.3

0.050


Community health worker survey, April 2006

† These are households that were found to have no CHW support even though this was planned. They were used as a control group

* Totals may not sum to n = 78 and n = 323 due to missing observations; ± missing data not included in the calculation;

a Correct = cloroquine plus paracetamol

Perez et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2009 9:28   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-9-28

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