Knowledge and practices on intermittent preventive treatment of malaria among pregnant women 15-45 years attending antenatal clinic at St Joseph’s hospital Maracha

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School of Health Sciences (Western Campus)
Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is widely recommended worldwide and in sub-Saharan Africa to reduce the risk of malaria and improve birth outcomes, despite its effectiveness, and the nearly universal adoption of a national IPTp policy among malaria endemic countries, its use remains relatively uncommon in subSaharan Africa. The purpose of the study was to assess the knowledge and practices on IPTp among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at St Joseph’s Hospital Maracha. The study was done at St. Joseph’s Hospital Maracha and it employed a descriptive crosssectional study design, a systematic random sampling technique was used to get a total of 60 pregnant women for the study. A structured self-administered questionnaire was utilized. Data were entered manually into statistical analysis software, analyzed, descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages) using SPSS version 25 and presented in frequency tables, pie and column graphs.The results from this study show that majority (80%) of the pregnant women had heard about IPTp but only 43.8% of those who had heard about IPTp were able to give a good definition. 60% of the respondents said IPTp was supposed to be commenced in first trimester. 48.3% stated that fansidar is the recommended drug for IPTp and 55% stated that a single dose of Fansidar is enough for prevention of malaria during pregnancy. The respondents had inadequate knowledge about IPTp. Majority (58.3%) of the respondents took a single dose of Fansidar and 81.7% of them took the drugs given to them in the clinic as DOT.In conclusion, most of the pregnant women had ever heard about IPTp but their knowledge on commencement, drug and the number of doses of IPTp in pregnancy was poor. A good number of pregnant women took the drug given in the clinic under DOT which was good for drug compliance.
A research report submitted to faculty of nursing sciences of Kampala international university in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of bachelor degree in nursing sciences
Malaria, Pregnant women, St Joseph’s hospital Maracha, Antenatal clinic