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Authors: Frehywot, Eshetu
Advisors: Dr. Damen H/ Mariam
Copyright: 2006
Date Added: 21-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Background: Many researches have shown that insecticide treated bed nets (ITNs) are the most cost effective way of preventing malaria and WHO roll back malaria program emphasizes the use of ITNs as one of the key malaria control measures. Objectives: To evaluate the ability and willingness to pay for ITN in the rural community, asses ITN’s utilization and influencing factors in Arbaminch Zuria District. Methodology: This study was a quantitative cross- sectional community based study in randomly selected malarious kebeles of Arbaminch zuria district of GammoGofa zone, SNNPR. Four rural Kebeles were selected using simple random sampling from the district. The study tool was a pretested interview administered structured questionnaire. A total of 982 head of households were interviewed. To assess willingness to pay, contingent valuation using binary with follow-up method was used. Result: The mean number of net per household was 0.6 and for those who possess at least one bed net, the mean number of individuals per net was 4.9. One hundred and eighty five (21.8%) of the total under-fives slept under a net the previous night. Around 86 % of the respondents were willing to buy ITN if supplied by the market. The average maximum WTP for a blue conical ITN was 26.2 ETB, for a white conical ITN was 25.7ETB and that of a blue rectangular ITN was 13.6ETB. The community’s willingness to pay is found to be affected by socio-economic factors, perceived benefit of ITN, previous source of bed net and characteristics of the bed net. Recommendations: To design proper IEC techniques on malaria. To utilize the available community’s willingness to purchase ITNs, on some group of population to assist the free distribution for those who deserve and make the supply sustainable. To increase the bed net coverage per house-hold and the proportion of vulnerable who utilize bed nets.
Description: A thesis submitted to faculty of medicine Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Masters Degree in Public Health
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/794
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