IRIN Africa | KENYA: Malaria drug effectiveness hit by under-dosage | Kenya | Health & NutritionPosted: March 12, 2012
The study investigated ACT adherence levels, factors associated with non-adherence and household access to ACT. It involved 297 participants, all of whom had tested positive to Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for causing malaria, at the time of the study. A household’s education level was found to be the highest predictor of poor adherence. Others included household income and age.
Another study carried out in five outpatient government health clinics in two Kenyan districts, all with high malaria prevalence, concluded that while 64.1 percent of the 918 patients included in the study were probably adherent, the rate was lower than that of previous studies.