Is religious affiliation influencing prevention and treatment of malaria among children in Uganda?

Patricia Ndugga, Makerere University
James Ntozi, Makerere University
Gideon Rutaremwa, Makerere University

Northern Uganda has suffered from civil conflict and insurgency since 1986, leading to displacement of many residents from their homes to camps exposing them to increased risk of malaria. The paper investigates factors determining prevention and treatment practices of malaria among children under five years in Northern Uganda. Survey data on 2,044 respondents from northern Uganda about prevention and treatment of malaria was used. Surprisingly, results indicate that religion was highly significantly related to the use of mosquito nets and seeking treatment. Other significant factors related to use of mosquito nets were place of residence, household size and expenditure on medical care. Religious bodies influence exposure to and treatment of malaria since the community listens and believes religious leaders than other groups. Government should use religious leaders in scaling up the campaign to prevent and treat malaria.

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Presented in Session 76: Religion, culture and health