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Table 4 Perceptions on TME of the respondents in relation to participation (n = 158)

From: Factors associated with population coverage of targeted malaria elimination (TME) in southern Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR

Characteristics Participation p value
Partial/none (n = 17) Complete (n = 141) Total (n = 158)
Number (%) Number (%) Number (%)
Received enough information about the TME
 Yes 9 (52.9) 137 (97.2) 146 (92.4) 0.001
 Don’t know 8 (47.1) 4 (2.8) 12 (7.6)  
Purpose of the medicine given to villagersa
 To kill malaria parasite in our body 8 (47.1) 132 (93.6) 140 (88.6) 0.001
 To protect from malaria 10 (58.8) 111 (78.7) 121 (76.6) 0.068
 Gives me strength/energy 5 (29.4) 1 (0.7) 6 (3.8) 0.001
 Don’t know 3 (17.6) 4 (2.8) 7 (4.4) 0.028
MDA medicine caused many illness in your village
 Yes 0 4 (2.8) 4 (2.5) 0.013
 No 9 (52.9) 113 (80.1) 122 (77.2)  
 Don’t know 8 (47.1) 24 (17) 32 (20.3)  
Other villagers thought that medicine caused illness
 Yes 0 4 (2.8) 4 (2.5) 0.08
 No 9 (52.9) 105 (74.5) 114 (72.2)  
 Don’t know 8 (47.1) 32 (22.7) 40 (25.3)  
Purpose of the blood testa
 To test for malaria parasite 7 (41.2) 121 (85.8) 128 (81) 0.001
 To test for all the diseases 0 5 (3.5) 5 (3.2) 0.56
 To check if we were healthy 0 1 (0.7) 1 (0.6) 0.89
 Don’t know 10 (58.8) 19 (13.5) 29 (18.4) 0.001
Disliked about TME
 Blood test 2 (11.8) 4 (2.8) 6 (3.8) 0.31
 Unable to go to work 0 1 (0.7) 1 (0.6)  
 Inadequate incentive 0 1 (0.7) 1 (0.6)  
 Other 15 (88.2) 135 (95.7) 150 (94.9)  
If other, specify
 I like all 8 (53.3) 134 (99.3) 142 (94.7) 0.001
 I did not participate 7 (46.7) 0 7 (4.7)  
 I did not like any 0 1 (0.7) 1 ((0.7)  
I think TME is important
 Yes 8 (47.1) 135 (95.7) 143 (90.5) 0.001
 Don’t know 9 (52.9) 6 (4.3) 15 (9.5)  
Reason for current participation in TMEa
 Because I wanted to get rid of malaria 8 (80) 109 (77.3) 117 (77.5) 0.6
 Because I wanted to be healthy 5 (50) 83 (58.9) 88 (58.3) 0.4
 Other 0 2 (1.4) 2 (1.3) 0.87
I would recommend TME to others
 Yes 5 (41.7) 38 (27) 43 (28.1) 0.004
 No 4 (33.3) 63 (44.7) 67 (43.8)  
 Don’t know 2 (16.7) 40 (28.4) 42 (27.5)  
 No response 1 (8.3) 0 1 (0.7)  
Ways a villager can help in the TME program
 I don’t know how to help 5 (41.7) 29 (20.6) 34 (22.2) 0.35
 I will help by participating in the project 2 (16.7) 45 (31.9) 47 (30.7)  
 We all have to participate 4 (33.3) 58 (41.1) 62 (40.5)  
 Other 1 (8.3) 9 (90) 10 (6.5)  
  1. aMultiple answers were possible, therefore percentage exceeds 100; analysis were made between “Yes” and “No”