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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
ISSN: 1596-5996
EISSN: 1596-5996
Vol. 15, No. 4, 2016, pp. 861-867
Bioline Code: pr16116
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2016, pp. 861-867

 en Comparison of access to medicines between Klang Valley and East Coast of peninsular Malaysia for children living in poor households
Saiful, Asmalita; Ithnin, Muslimah; Mohd Rani, Mohd Dzulkhairi; Noh, Nor Azila; Hamid, Nazefah Abdul; Mohamed, Isa Naina; Al-Naggar, Redhwan & Bin Nor Aripin, Khairun Nain

Abstract

Purpose: To compare access to medicines in children living in poor households (income of USD1/person/day) between urbanised Klang Valley and rural East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Methods: A semi-structured interview was conducted with caregivers to determine demographics, access to medicines, knowledge, attitude and practice of parents in obtaining medicines for children.
Results: There was no significant difference socio-demographically between poor households in Klang Valley (N = 58) and East Coast (N = 40). The study found that access to medicine for children (N = 325) in the households was adequate, where all households that reported illness in the children over the last 1 month and the last 6 month periods, obtained medicines and 99 % of the children were fully immunized. Qualitative analysis showed that poor households face several barriers in accessing medicines for their children such as financial, transportation, physical and attitudinal.
Conclusion: Access to medicines for children living in poor households in both areas were similar and adequate. However, barriers to access remain and further studies are required.

Keywords
Access to medicine; Poor populations; Children; Klang Valley; Peninsular Malaysia

 
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