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C-CHANNEL E-NEWSLETTER: Social and Behavior Change Communication

ISSUE 29 | April 2011

C-Channel 29 marks World Malaria Day, April 25, with six articles of interest 
to communication specialists and programmers working to prevent and control 
this endemic disease. The first offers a valuable framework, easily integrated 
into the communication and M&E strategies, which can help malaria programs 
assess whether long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are being used and 
identify reasons for non-use. The next three articles report on current 
research on knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to malaria and how 
these affect health-seeking behaviors in Swaziland, northwest Tanzania, and one 
district in Malawi. The last two articles outline a range of barriers to 
malaria control and treatment that must be addressed by communication programs.

C-Change worked with the government in Ethiopia's Oromia Region to launch a 
malaria prevention campaign that focuses on four small, doable actions by 
families and individuals working with community health workers. For more 
information, see Where We Work/Ethiopia ( To download the 
materials, please visit

To view the abstracts/articles from this issue, please visit:

*A framework that programs can use to assess ITN use and non-use***

1. Assessing bed net use and non-use after distribution

*Research on malaria knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP)***

2. KAP on malaria in Swaziland

3. KAP about malaria and its control in rural northwest Tanzania
4. Predictors of health-seeking behavior for febrile children under 5 in Malawi

*Barriers to malaria control and prevention***

5. Barriers to prompt and effective malaria treatment among the poorest 
population in Kenya
6. Sleeping arrangement and house structure affect bed net use in villages 
along Lake Victoria

To view the abstracts/articles from this issue, please visit:

C-Change manages the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Special Collection 
<> on C-Hub <>. The resource makes 
available PMI communication materials for both viewing and download. PMI 
technical and communication staff engaged in malaria prevention and control are 
encouraged to upload relevant materials to this PMI Special Collection, 
including related strategies, research, testing, and evaluation documents.

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This publication is made possible by the generous support of the American 
people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 
under the terms of Agreement No. GPO-A-00-07-00004-00. The contents are the 
responsibility of the C-Change project, managed by AED, and do not necessarily 
reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Annie Kearns

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