The role of gender on malaria preventive behaviour among rural households in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Diiro, Gracious M.
dc.contributor.author Affognon, Hippolyte D.
dc.contributor.author Muriithi, Beatrice W.
dc.contributor.author Wanja, Sarah Kingori
dc.contributor.author Mbogo, Charles
dc.contributor.author Mutero, Clifford M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-15T05:02:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-15T05:02:02Z
dc.date.issued 2016-01-07
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Malaria remains a major health and development challenge in the sub-Saharan African economies including Kenya, yet it can be prevented. Technologies to prevent malaria are available but are not universally adopted by male- and female-headed households. The study thus, examined the role of gender in malaria prevention, examining adoption behaviour between male- and female-headed households in Kenya. METHODS : The study uses a recent baseline cross-section survey data collected from 2718 households in parts of western and eastern Kenya. Two separate models were estimated for male- and female-headed households to determine if the drivers of adoption differ between the two categories of households. RESULTS : The findings from the study show that: access to public health information, residing in villages with higher experience in malaria prevention, knowledge on the cause and transmission of malaria significantly increase the number of practices adopted in both male- and female-headed households. On the other hand, formal education of the household head and livestock units owned exhibited a positive and significant effect on adoption among maleheaded households, but no effect among female-headed households. CONCLUSIONS : The findings from thus study suggest that universal policy tools can be used to promote uptake of integrated malaria prevention practices, for female- and male-headed households. en_ZA
dc.description.department School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.malariajournal.com en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Diiro, GM, Affognon, HD, Muriithi, BW, Wanja, SK, Mbogo, C & Mutero, C 2016, 'The role of gender on malaria preventive behaviour among rural households in Kenya', Malaria Journal, vol. 15, art. #14, pp. 1-8. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1475-2875
dc.identifier.other 10.1186/s12936-015-1039-y
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/58061
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 Diiro et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Gender en_ZA
dc.subject Kenya en_ZA
dc.subject Sub-Saharan African economies en_ZA
dc.subject Malaria prevention en_ZA
dc.subject Female-headed households en_ZA
dc.subject Male-headed households en_ZA
dc.title The role of gender on malaria preventive behaviour among rural households in Kenya en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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