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Evaluation of an educational strategy on malaria in rural areas of the Colombian Pacific Evaluación de una estrategia educativa en malaria aplicada en localidades rurales del Pacífico colombiano

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Author(s): Beatriz Eugenia Alvarado | Elizabeth Gómez | Mauricio Serra | Rocío Carvajal | Gabriel Carrasquilla

Journal: Biomédica
ISSN 0120-4157

Volume: 26;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 342;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: malaria | educación en salud | evaluación de programas | evaluación de impacto

ABSTRACT
Introduction. Health education interventions have proved effective in improving knowledge, preventing practices and decreasing occurrence of malaria.Objective. To evaluate the impact of the educational intervention "The World of Malaria: Let's Learn to Manage it in Community" developed in Colombian malarial areas, in terms of increasing knowledge, preventive practices, treatment-seeking, and decreasing malaria occurrence.Materials and methods. A quasi-experimental post-test study with a non-equivalent control group was carried out. Four hundred and fifty people living in 20 rural villages were interviewed. These localities were randomly selected from 110 intervened localities. Paired "t" test was performed to evaluate the effect on malaria knowledge of the community health workers (n=243). The effect of the intervention on the effect variables was measured by using logistic regression and by comparing people who were exposed and non-exposed to the educational strategy.Results. Knowledge on malaria in community health workers increased after the intervention (p
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