East African Journal of Public Health
East African Public Health Association
Vol. 5, No. 2, 2008, pp. 117-121
Bioline Code: lp08022
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East African Journal of Public Health, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2008, pp. 117-121
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Poor Knowledge On New Malaria Treatment Guidelines Among Drug Dispensers In Private Pharmacies In Tanzania: The Need For Involving The Private Sector In Policy Preparations And Implementation|
Minzi, O.M.S. & Haule, A.F.
To assess the knowledge of dispensers in private pharmacies on new malaria treatment guidelines which involved switching
from chloroquine (CQ) to sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP) and from SP to artemether-lumefantrine.
A structured questionnaire was used for data collection and the questions focused on whether the subjects were involved in the
preparation or implementation of the guidelines or had undertaken any training on how to dispense new antimalarial medicines as
recommended in the introduced new treatment guidelines.
The study revealed that none of the participants had been involved in the preparation of the treatment guidelines, nor had they
undertaken any training on their implementation. As many as 49% of the visited private pharmacies were found to continue stocking
and selling CQ tablets and injections. Only 30% and 7% knew the correct dose regimen of SP and ALU respectively and none of them
knew the condition of taking ALU with a fatty meal for improved absorption.
Lack of involvement of the pharmaceutical personnel working in the private pharmacies, from the preparation of new
malaria treatment guidelines to their implementation, contributed to their poor knowledge and skill on how to correctly dispense the
Knowledge, Drug Dispensers, Private pharmacies, Malaria treatment guidelines