[TimorLesteStudies] Poster presentation: Barriers to treated bednet usage in Timor-Leste: an exploratory study

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Sun Feb 13 11:05:56 EST 2011

Barriers to treated bednet usage in Timor-Leste: an exploratory study
AA Lover1, BA Sutton2 and AJ Asy2

1  				Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597

2  				Timor-Leste Asistencia Integradu Saúde (TAIS) (Timor-Leste Integrated Health Assistance), Timor-Leste

from Institut Pasteur International Network Annual Scientific Meeting
Hong Kong. 22-23 November 2010

BMC Proceedings 2011, 			 5(Suppl 1):P16doi:10.1186/1753-6561-5-S1-P16

The electronic version of this abstract is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1753-6561/5/S1/P16

Timor-Leste has some of the highest malaria rates in Asia- the WHO  reports that 100% of the population is at year-round risk. A 2007 survey  estimated that ITN usage (30 day) was only 28.8% in the under-5  population, and the MDG report also highlights several large disparities  in ITN usage across the population- 69.6% urban and 45.5% rural; and  54% of males and only 46% of females, according to the Timor-Leste  National Statistics Directorate (2007) and The Millennium Development  Goals, Timor-Leste (2009). There have been many qualitative surveys  about attitudes towards ITN usage in Sub-Saharan Africa, but far fewer  from SE Asia [1].
To more fully understand the barriers to usage in Timor-Leste, a  series of nine focus group discussions were organized in July, 2010.  These discussions covered a range of peri-urban and rural areas, and  were separated by sex, to allow exploration of intra-household decision  making processes. A total of 53 women and 46 men participated, all of  whom were heads of households or decision makers, and owned at least one  bednet. A range of social, logistic and economic barriers emerged from  these discussions, and could facilitate the creation of more targeted  behavior-change materials.

Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
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