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Table 4 Top ranked facilitators to ITN use from free listing and ranking activity

From: Understanding the gap between access and use: a qualitative study on barriers and facilitators to insecticide-treated net use in Ghana

Type of participantsCentral regionEastern regionNorthern region
Community leadersTo prevent malaria
To prevent mosquito bites
To avoid hospital bills/cost
To prevent malaria
Educated about (the purpose of) ITNs
To prevent mosquito bites
To protect against malaria
To save money from hospital bills and to be healthy to work
To protect against other insects, such as ants, flies, and rodents
Caretakers of children under 5 yearsTo prevent malaria
To have a sound sleep
To prevent mosquito bites
To prevent malaria
To prevent convulsion in children
To prevent miscarriage or malaria in pregnancy
To protect against malaria
To protect against mosquito bites
To remain healthy
Participants > 49 yearsTo prevent malaria
To prevent mosquito bite
To have a sound sleep
To protect ourselves
To prevent malaria
To prevent sickness and death
To prevent malaria
To protect against mosquito bites
To protect against other illnesses
Health workersTo be healthy
To avoid economic cost of health care
To prevent mosquito bites
To prevent malaria
To protect from mosquito bites
To prevent rodents entering the room
To prevent mosquito bites
To protect against other insects
To save family money
Male 18–49 yearsTo prevent malaria
To prevent mosquito bites
To avoid spending money at the hospital
To prevent malaria
To prevent insect bites
To prevent sickness
To prevent malaria
To prevent high expenditure at the hospital
To prevent mosquito bites
Female 18–49 yearsTo prevent mosquito bites
To prevent malaria
To stay healthy
To prevent malaria
To prevent black flies
To prevent other sickness
To prevent malaria
To prevent mosquito bites
To protect against other insects, wild geckos, and cockroaches
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