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Table 3 Perceptions and practice of women in rural Madziwa to schistosomiasis

From: Knowledge, perceptions and practices regarding schistosomiasis among women living in a highly endemic rural district in Zimbabwe: implications on infections among preschool-aged children

Question Responses Frequency Percentage
Risky perceptions
 Which population is most likely infected?a Children aged 5 years and below 199 49.9
School-aged children 307 76.9
Adult women 79 19.8
Adult men 54 13.5
Girls 67 16.8
Boys 74 18.6
 Is the national annual MDA programme important? Yes 398 99.8
No 1 0.3
 Are you willing to participate in the annual MDA programme? Yes 395 99.0
No 4 1.0
Practices
 Where do you do your laundry? River 309 72.5
Dam 28 6.6
Garden well 16 3.8
Borehole 13 3.1
Well at home 60 14.1
 What time do you do laundry? Morning 240 56.3
Afternoon 155 36.4
Late afternoon 31 7.3
 Do you take your PSAC when going for laundry? Yes 284 66.7
No 116 27.2
Sometimes 26 6.1
 Where does your PSAC play when you are washing? In shallow water 185 43.4
In water basin filled with water 60 14.1
Outside water 128 30.1
Do not take the child along to the river for washing 116 12.4
 Where do you go for bathing? River 157 36.9
Dam 5 1.2
Garden well 7 1.6
Borehole 15 3.5
Home using well water 242 56.8
 What time do you go for bathing? Morning 22 5.2
Afternoon 87 20.4
Late afternoon 317 74.4
 Do you take your PSAC when going for bathing? Yes 220 51.6
No 169 39.7
Sometimes 37 8.7
 Where does your PSAC play when you are bathing? Playing in water bathing also 158 61.5
Playing in shallow water 54 21.0
In water basin filled with water 45 17.5
 Do you have a vegetable garden? Yes 330 77.5
No 96 22.5
 Where do you fetch water for gardening? River 307 93.0
Garden well 23 7.0
Borehole 0 0
Tap 0 0
 Does the PSAC assist with gardening? Yes 107 32.4
No 201 60.9
Sometimes 22 6.7
 Do you discuss bilharzia with children at home? Yes 374 93.7
No 25 6.3
  1. Notes: The table describes the details of the perceptions of women regarding groups at risk of infection. It also outlines the different water sources, water contact practices of women such as washing, bathing and gardening
  2. aMultiple responses were considered
  3. Abbreviation: PSAC, preschool-aged child