Factors influencing the uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment (Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine) among Pregnant Women in the East Mamprusi Municipality in the Northern of Ghana.

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September, 2019.
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Background; Malaria is an enormous public health problem affecting pregnant women, young children and adults, even though many awareness creation has been done on malaria in pregnancy but women in developing countries are still dying as a result of malaria in pregnancy and this necessitated for the research on factors influencing the uptake of intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp-SP) among pregnant women in East Mamprusi Municipal as it appears policy makers are not prioritizing malaria in pregnancy as a key condition that needs attention. Objectives: To assess the factors influencing the uptake of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine among pregnant women in East Mamprusi Municipality. Methods; Convenient sampling was employed in interacting with 310 pregnant women solely to solicit the views on IPTp uptake as the ultimate goal of the study. Results: Approximately eighty-nine percent of the respondents have heard about Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT-SP) and significant percent of respondents representing about ninety –six also received education on malaria in pregnancy as well as a reasonable percent of Ninety-six respondents also linked the transmission of malaria to mosquito bites. In addition to these, a significant percentage of about sixty-three percent perceived that taking of SP safeguards a pregnant woman from malaria as well as about sixty percent of respondents also suggested SP should be continued to be given to pregnant women in various clinics during Ante-natal care. It is also clear that about forty-six percent of respondents mentioned that they were not able to take IPT at each visit as a result of stock out of SP within the Municipality.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Health Education and Promotion, College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science if Public Health in Health Promotion and Education.
Intermittent Preventive Treatment, Pregnant Women