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Women's groups' perceptions of neonatal and infant health problems in rural Malawi.
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PMID:  21174931     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To present the perceptions of women in rural Malawi regarding the health problems affecting neonates and infants and to explore the relevance of these perceptions for child health policy and strategy in Malawi.
METHODS: Women's groups in Mchinji district identified newborn and infant health problems (204 groups, 3484 women), prioritised problems they considered most important (204 groups, 3338 women) and recorded these problems on monitoring forms. Qualitative data was obtained through 6 focus-group discussions with the women's groups and 22 interviews with individuals living in women's group communities but not attending groups.
RESULTS: Women in Malawi do not define the neonatal period according to any epidemiological definition. In order of importance they identified and prioritised the following problems for newborns and infants: diarrhoea, infection, preterm birth, tetanus, malaria, asphyxia, respiratory tract infection, hypothermia, jaundice, convulsions and malnutrition.
CONCLUSION: This study suggests that women in rural Malawi collectively have a developed understanding of neonatal and infant health problems. This makes a strong argument for the involvement of lay people in policy and strategy development and also suggests that this capacity, harnessed and strengthened through community mobilisation approaches, has the potential to improve neonatal and infant health and reduce mortality.
M Rosato; S Lewycka; C Mwansambo; P Kazembe; A Costello
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Malawi medical journal : the journal of Medical Association of Malawi     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1995-7262     ISO Abbreviation:  Malawi Med J     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-22     Completed Date:  2011-01-04     Revised Date:  2013-07-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9500170     Medline TA:  Malawi Med J     Country:  Malawi    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  168-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
UCL Institute of Child Health.
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MeSH Terms
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infant Care
Infant Mortality*
Infant Welfare*
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Rural Population*
Young Adult

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