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Table 3 Carer's management of uncomplicated childhood fever in the Ambohibary and Lakato areas (District of Moramanga, Madagascar)

From: Use of pre-packaged chloroquine for the home management of presumed malaria in Malagasy children

   Areas  
Variable Results Ambohibary Lakato P <chi 2>
   No (%) No (%)  
Action of the carer at fever onset Went to clinic/health centre 52 (26.5) 24 (10.7) < 10 -5
  Used antimalarial drugs at home (self-treatment) 139 (70.9) 138 (61.6) 0.05
  Used herbal medicines 5 (2.5) 57 (25.4) < 10 -6
  Went to traditional healer 0 (0) 5 (2.2) NS
Reasons given by carers for use of antimalarial drugs at home No health worker at health centre 0 (0) 46 (20.5) < 10 -6
  No money to pay for consultation 51 (25.7) 31 (13.8) 0.002
  Long distance to health centre 29 (14.6) 73 (32.8) < 10 -4
  Correct treatment known/Drugs already at home 117 (59.7) 74 (32.9) < 10 -6
Antimalarial drugs used at home Not pre-packaged chloroquine 65 (46.8) 59 (42.8) NS
  PaluStop® 50 (36.0) 2 (1.4) NS
  Ody Tazomoka® 24 (17.2) 77 (55.8) 0.007
Correct dose of chloroquine administered by carer Non pre-packaged chloroquine 1 (1.5) 1 (1.6) NS
  PaluStop® 50 (100) 2 (100) NS
  Ody Tazomoka® 24 (100) 77 (100) NS
Action after treatment failure Went to community-based service provider 7 (3.6) 24 (11) NS
  Went to clinic/health centre 186 (94.9) 164 (73.0) < 10 -6
  Used herbal medicines 0 (0) 6 (3.0) -
  Went to traditional healer 3 (1.5) 30 (13.0) NS