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Table 6 Communication and key messages reported by seasonal workers

From: High mobility, low access thwarts interventions among seasonal workers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: lessons from the malaria containment project

Communication Overall
N %
Messages or information related to malaria prevention heard
 Malaria is caused by mosquito bites 258 84.9
 Wear long sleeved clothes from dusk to dawn to prevent mosquito bites 121 39.8
 Sleep under a mosquito net every night 175 57.6
 Sleep under an insecticide-treated net 140 46.1
 Buy the bundled net at the market and dip it with Super-Malatab 11 3.6
 Super-Malatab is free, safe and easy to use 2 0.7
 Malaria is dangerous 5 1.6
 Malaria can kill 1 0.3
Messages related to malaria diagnosis and treatment heard
 Seek treatment for malaria from a MMW 202 66.5
 Visit your MMW for free malaria diagnosis and treatment 39 12.8
 Get a blood test before taking anti-malarial drugs 79 26.0
 If you have fever, always seek a blood test for malaria at nearest health facility 59 14.4
 Complete anti-malarial treatment 10 3.3
 Do not buy cocktail; your malaria will not be cured 2 0.7
Messages related to using and caring for mosquito nets heard
 Sleeping under an ITN is especially important for pregnant women 2 0.7
 Sleeping under an ITN is especially important for children under 5 years old 3 1.0
 Carry and sleep under a mosquito net when travelling 92 30.3
 Carry and sleep under a mosquito net when visiting the forest 28 9.2
 The less you wash your treated net the longer it will retain its effectiveness 30 9.9
 Repair any holes in the net 52 17.1
 Do not use too much soap when washing your net 27 8.9
 Dry mosquito net indoors 124 40.8
 Prepare floor before tying 143 47.0
Source of messages
 MMW 68 22.4
 Health facility staff 60 19.7
 Private health provider/pharmacy 4 1.3
 Teachers/religious leaders/monks 6 2.0
 Family member/friend/neighbour 195 64.1
 Television 81 26.6
 Radio 88 29.0
 Mobile video unit 5 1.6
 Poster/leaflet/brochures/billboards 28 9.2
 NGO staff 29 9.5
Have attended an event in the community with a screen/speaker on health messages
 Yes 36 11.8
 No 268 88.2