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Mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) as a malaria control tool: evidence from rural Ghana

Resource Type
Dataset : geographic information system (GIS) data, survey data
  • Mohammed, Aliyu (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, School of Public Health)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
behavior; health; voice communications; information technology
  • Abstract

    Data from this study comes from a theory-driven mHealth intervention which sought to assess the effect of voice SMS on the prevalence of malaria among children under-five living in rural districts of Ghana, Sub-sahara Africa. A quasi-experimental study was conducted from Februray 2016 to March 2017 using a random sample of 332 caregivers with children under-five from two rural health districts, assigned to either an intervention or a control group. A two-stage cluster smpling was used to select the sample. Caregivers in the intervention group received voice short message service (SMS) on malaria prevention based on a behavior change theory to improve their health behaviors and practice, once a week for twelve months, while caregivers in the control group received none.

  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: For this Survey data, which involved cross-sectional surveys at bseline and endline, all participants (332) participated at baseline. Six (6) participants dropped out at 12 months follow-up, giving a response rate of 98.2%.
  • Technical Information

    Presence of Common Scales: Includes a Likert-type scale
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-02-09 / 2017-03-26
    Time Period: Tue Feb 09 00:00:00 EST 2016--Sun Mar 26 00:00:00 EDT 2017
Geographic Coverage
  • Ghana
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
Sampled Universe
Caregivers and children under-five from rural districts of Ghana
A two-stage random cluster sampling method was employed; cluster selection and participants from households

Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview~~on-site questionnaire~~other~~


Update Metadata: 2019-03-08 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-03-08

Mohammed, Aliyu (2019): Mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) as a malaria control tool: evidence from rural Ghana. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.