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Table 2 Knowledge of malaria and use of bed net in antenatal clinic attendees in Kinshasa, DRC in 2005/06.

From: Bed net ownership, use and perceptions among women seeking antenatal care in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Opportunities for improved maternal and child health

  N %
Causes of Malaria (unprompted)   
   Mosquitoes 317 90.31
   Neighborhood Dirt 263 74.93
   Standing Water 150 42.74
   Other Answers* 62 17.66
Do you know ways to prevent Malaria?   
   No 36 10.26
   Yes 315 89.74
Malaria diagnosis in the past year?   
   No 110 31.34
   Yes 238 67.81
Who diagnosed your Malaria?   
   Self diagnosed 210 88.24
   Physician 28 11.76
Number of People who Slept in the Home Last Night   
   0–3 133 37.89
   4–6 116 33.05
   7 or more 102 29.06
Do you own a mosquito net?   
   No 236 67.24
   Yes 115 32.76
Number of nets owned (mean, range)*§   1.4 (1–5)
Reasons for not owning a mosquito net (unprompted) #   
   Cost (Very Expensive) 114 48.31
   Did not know about nets 27 11.44
   Net was damaged 22 9.32
   Not interested in a bed net 20 8.47
   Do not like nets/Do not breathe well under net 13 5.51
   No mosquitoes in my area 12 5.08
   Other 27 11.44
Participant (pregnant woman) slept under a net last night   
   No 265 75.50
   Yes 86 24.50
Reasons for not sleeping under a net (unprompted) #   
   Do not own a net 231 87.17
   Mosquito net is torn 20 7.55
   Other†† 55 20.75
Mother and child/children slept under a net last night (among those who slept under a net N = 100) 27 27.8
No one in home slept under a net last night 251 71.51
How many children under 5 slept under a net last night? §   
   0 41 41.84
   1 33 33.67
   2 or more 24 24.49
How many children ages 5–17 slept under a net last night? §   
   0 62 63.92
   1 17 17.53
   2 or more 18 18.56
Proportion of days slept under a net in the past week§   
   None 18 15.65
   More than 0 but less than 100% 31 26.96
   100% 66 57.39
How often did you sleep under a mosquito net during the past month?§   
   Every night 52 45.22
   Almost every night 29 25.22
   A few nights 18 15.65
   Not even once 16 13.91
  1. * Includes: being in the rain, catching a cold, drinking dirty water, eating cold food, bugs/insects, suffocation/suppression at home, unclean or improperly washed bodies, trash/bad odors
  2. † Includes: Do not know where to get a net, haven't bought a net yet, and Do not know (general)
  3. †† Includes: Net causes other diseases, net not effective, chemical is dangerous for health, sleeping under a net is hot, spent the night outdoors b/c of heat, spent the night at a mourning, other family members used the net, mosquitoes can bite through the net, mosquitoes can get under the net, husband did not want us to sleep under it, no space in the room, other not specified, refused.
  4. §Denominator includes only study participants who reported owning a mosquito net (N = 115).
  5. # Participants were allowed to select more than one option