Publication Date

Spring 2005


College of Arts and Sciences


Nursing (B.S.N.)


The focus of this descriptive, qualitative study was to find how malaria and its treatments are perceived among different peoples of parts of western and northern Africa. The sample consisted of 10 health care workers in western and northern Africa contacted via e-mail, allowing them to document and integrate their findings from experience concerning people’s views of malaria. Many studies are available concerning the efficacy of chloroquine, research of new drugs, vaccines, and ideas to reduce malaria; however, few evaluate and publish the ideas of the people, pertinent in implementing interventions to decrease the transmission of P. falciparum. This study will add to the body of data available on malaria further improving plans developed for these areas, specifically educational programs for people and people groups who know little of malaria in northern and western Africa.