Journal article

Indifferent to disease: A qualitative investigation of the reasons why some Papua New Guineans who own mosquito nets choose not to use them

Justin Pulford, Tania Oakiva, Angeline Angwin, Miranda Bryant, Ivo Mueller, Manuel W Hetzel

Social Science & Medicine | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

This paper presents findings from a qualitative study designed to explore the reasons why some Papua New Guineans who own mosquito nets choose not to use them, whether on a regular or episodic basis. In-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted with a sub-sample (n = 44) of participants in a country wide household survey who reported owning or having access to a mosquito net, but not having slept under a mosquito net the night prior to survey. All IDIs were completed between December 2010 and June 2011. Analysis was informed by a general inductive methodology. Multiple impediments to regular mosquito net use were identified by study participants, although all were broadly grouped into the inter..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the individuals who gave their time to participate in this study. The generous support of the respective provincial and district health authorities are acknowledged as is the PNG National Department of Health. This study was financially supported by the Papua New Guinea National Malaria Control Program under the auspices of a Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round 8 grant.