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Table 2 Main suggestions from the study participants

From: Community-informed research on malaria in pregnancy in Monrovia, Liberia: a grounded theory study

Advices on WHAT to research Advices on HOW to research
Dietary and biting habits of mosquito populations
Temporal-spatial trends: changes in mosquito population (e.g. before vs. after Ebola)
Develop new prevention tools based on formulations that are accepted by Liberians (i.e. tablets, lotions)
Develop innocuous alternatives to blood-based malaria tests (e.g. saliva-based oral tests)
Parents’ attitudes towards seeking malaria care for their children when ill
Pathophysiology of malaria with a focus on how it affects pregnant women and children and leads to cerebral malaria
Effectiveness of traditional home remedies and herbalists’ mixes of local herbs to cure malaria
Use point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests when drawing blood specimens from malaria research participants
Test experimental drugs on researchers before administering them to the study populations
Use findings of research to sensitize populations to disregard harmful preventive behaviours (i.e. burning tyres)
Stop using country medicine to treat malaria
Understand the need to follow health authorities’ recommendations to prevent (e.g. ITN) and cure malaria (e.g. biomedical care)
Always return to the communities to share findings of research conducted in Liberia