Saúde e Sociedade
Print version ISSN 0104-1290
PATRAO, Ana Luísa and VASCONCELOS-RAPOSO, José. Level of knowledge about malaria of the population of Mozambique Island. Saude soc. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.1, pp. 52-62. ISSN 0104-1290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-12902012000100007.
This research aims to investigate the level of knowledge of the population of Mozambique Island about malaria, one of the diseases that most affect the country. Against this background we have developed an exploratory study, constituted by a sample of 500 individuals of both sexes, residing in different districts of the island. Overall, the respondents are mostly well informed about the characteristics of the disease, its implications, and ways of prevention. Still, the Island has residents without information about malaria. These people, who have a low level of knowledge about the disease, although in smaller numbers, still perform little preventive procedures and contribute to the increase in cases of this disease. It is considered that the results of this study are a contribution to the definition of priority actions in the promotion of education and health, specifically with regard to malaria.
Keywords : Malaria; Knowledge; Prevention; Mozambique.