In the second study, we used interviews and short surveys of parents and caregivers of 64 children age 4 months – 13 years, with confirmed malaria to measure the effect of the disease on the health related quality of life of children in rural western Kenya. We collected information from a parent or caregiver during two taped interviews conducted, (1) at the clinic/hospital at the time of receiving medical care, (2) in person or by mobile phone 5-7 days after evaluation and treatment at the health facility. We gathered information on the child’s baseline health prior to the current illness and quality of life from illness through recovery, such as the ability to play, go to school, or participate in normal activities.
Uganda is one of the malaria-endemic countries. The researchdone to date calls for more
research and prevention activities to reduce the number of deathsdue to malaria. Although much
is known about the morbidity and mortality associated with malariaas a disease in Uganda, few
studies have investigated the awareness of the problem. Teachingabout malaria in schools and
encouraging students to participate in community malaria preventionprojects may be a key point
of intervention to curb this disease. Covering malaria topics liketransmission, treatment, and
prevention may be important to include in school curriculums. Ofcourse many children in the
rural areas do not get to go to school because of poverty. This iswhere community projects can
be especially valuable.
There are already local programs and many of them partner withinternational programs to
control malaria in Uganda. Using in-depth one-on-one key informantinterviews, a needs
assessment was conducted on current malaria awareness interventionsfrom the perspective of 30
members from 5 local programs which included the MalariaConsortium, Malaria Control
Program, Ugandan Ministry of Health, Ugandan Malaria SurveillanceProject (UMSP), and the
Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS and Tuberculosis Program (NUMAT). Thisstudy incorporated
both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. Resultsof the study will inform of
awareness interventions for students and young people. Findingsshowed that malaria awareness
had not been vigorously pursued as a tool in fighting malaria inthe past. Because funds/
resources were a challenge for local programs, recommendationsinclude partnering with
international programs interested in promoting awareness. TheMalaria Foundation International
(MFI) based in the US is one such program because it has projectslike SLAM (Student leaders
against malaria). The MFI is an outreach program with globalinitiatives that have been
implemented in some malaria-endemic countries in Africa and Asia toaid malaria control
through their services.
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Agina and Abd-Allah (1999) conducted a case control study for the association of nitric oxide levels to the severity and outcomes of cerebral malaria in Yemeni in-patients....