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Table 5 Comparison of knowledge and practice between households with and without community health workers in the district of Djenné, Mali.

From: The role of community health workers in improving child health programmes in Mali

Knowledge and health practices of households Household without support from a community heath worker † n = 78 * Household with support from a community heath worker n = 323* P value ±
  Number % Number %  
Correct Treatment of child fevera 60 76.9 293 90.7 < 0.001
Correct Treatment of child diarrhoea 5 6.4 42 13.0 0.104
Use of oxytetracycline 32 41.0 79 24.5 0.003
Knowledge of drug doses      
   - Correct for chloroquine 16 20.5 69 21.6 0.839
   - Correct for paracetamol 34 43.6 145 44.9 0.835
Possession of household health kit      
   Yes 10 12.8 37 11.5 0.750
Presence of paracetamol in house      
   Yes 5 6.4 37 11.5 0.192
Presence of chloroquine in house      
   Yes 5 6.4 68 21.1 0.002
Presence of oral rehydration solutions in household      
   Yes 0 0 3 0.9 0.522
Presence of over the counter drugs 2 2.6 16 5.0 0.542
Bed net      
   - Presence 51 65.4 264 81.7 0.001
   - Being used (n = 264) 25 51.0 191 79.9 < 0.001
   - Impregnated (n = 264) 10 20.4 54 21.5 0.863
Iodized salt 71 95.9 305 99.3 0.050
  1. Community health worker survey, April 2006
  2. † These are households that were found to have no CHW support even though this was planned. They were used as a control group
  3. * Totals may not sum to n = 78 and n = 323 due to missing observations; ± missing data not included in the calculation;
  4. a Correct = cloroquine plus paracetamol