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Management of paediatric illnesses by patent and proprietary medicine vendors in Nigeria

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, June 2015
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Management of paediatric illnesses by patent and proprietary medicine vendors in Nigeria
Published in
Malaria Journal, June 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12936-015-0747-7
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Emily Treleaven, Jenny Liu, Lisa M. Prach, Chinwoke Isiguzo


In Nigeria and elsewhere, informal drug sellers, or patent and proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs), are a common source of care for children with malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia. However, their knowledge and stocking of recommended treatments for these common childhood illnesses are not well understood. A census of PPMV shops was conducted in Kogi and Kwara states. A shop survey was conducted on a subset of 250 shops. Multivariate regression analysis was used to assess associations between shop worker characteristics and (1) knowledge of optimal treatments for malaria, diarrhoea, and pneumonia, and (2) stocking of essential medicines to treat these illnesses. From the census, 89.9 % of shops stocked oral rehydration solution (ORS), while 61.1 % of shops stocked artemisinin-based combination therapies and 72.2 % of shops stocked amoxicillin. Stocking patterns varied by state, urban/rural location, and according to whether or not the shop was headed by someone with formal health training (e.g. having a professional health education degree). In multivariate analyses, selling drugs wholesale and participating in any training in the past year was associated with a higher likelihood of naming the correct treatment for malaria, and having formal health training was associated with stocking ORS. However, few other PPMV characteristics were predictive of correct knowledge of optimal treatments and stocking behaviour. Many PPMVs lack the knowledge and tools to properly treat common childhood illnesses. PPMV knowledge and selling of essential medicines for these illnesses should be strengthened to improve child health in Nigeria.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 123 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 29 23%
Researcher 13 10%
Student > Bachelor 13 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 10%
Student > Postgraduate 8 6%
Other 22 18%
Unknown 27 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 39 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 12%
Social Sciences 10 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 6 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 2%
Other 16 13%
Unknown 35 28%

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