Malaria infection has been and continues to be a serious public health concern that has mystified many in the public health care industry. One area in Sub Saharan Africa that continues to feel the devastating effects of malaria is in Nairobi, Kenya. This qualitative research study explored the attitudes of women in Nairobi, Kenya and how they view intervention measures already introduced by public health care experts in fighting malaria. The phenomenological research approach used purposeful sampling to recruit 16 women from Nairobi, Kenya to participate in semi-structured, open-ended interviews. The ecological systems theory was used as a lens of analysis to help illuminate the views of women on already-introduced malaria intervention measures in Nairobi, Kenya. Nvivo 10 helped manage data and the interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyze data and identify themes and subthemes through coding. The findings from this study indicate that (a) there is a disconnect within the systems, especially between public health officials and ordinary citizens, and (b) ordinary citizens felt that intervention measures already introduced have not been effectively implemented. The recommendations derived from the study will improve relationships between public health officials and ordinary citizens in order to effectively implement malaria control measures already introduced. This study will benefit public health officials, ordinary citizens in Nairobi, and other health care providers all over the world. This study contributes to social positive change by providing greater insight on already-introduced mosquito intervention measures.
|Commitee:||Hershberger, Scott, Kumar, Vibha|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Kenya, Malaria, Malaria nets, Mosquito, Nairobi, Policy makers, Women|
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