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Table 1 Treatment-seeking behaviour for children under five with fever in the past two weeks (%)

From: Monitoring fever treatment behaviour and equitable access to effective medicines in the context of initiatives to improve ACT access: baseline results and implications for programming in six African countries

  Benin DRC Madagascar Nigeria Uganda Zambia
  N = 926 N = 2, 661 N = 2, 120 N = 3, 247 N = 1, 695 N = 1, 877
Initial treatment-seeking behaviour       
Did not seek treatment 17.4 9.4 9.5 4.8 4.5 8.0
At home 44.2 23.4 15.8 32.2 37.5 24.5
Public sector or non-profit facility,
including:
13.5 16.0 21.3 17.6 16.4 49.8
Public/non-profit facility 13.4 16.0 20.1 16.8 14.9 48.6
CHW 0.1 0.0 1.2 0.8 1.5 1.2
Private sector, including: 25.0 51.1 53.4 45.5 41.7 17.7
Private health facility 3.5 10.1 7.1 5.3 28.6 1.9
Pharmacy or drug store 2.8 36.5 27.1 37.1 10.4 5.3
Other private 18.7 4.5 19.3 3.1 2.7 10.5
At any time during the fever episode       
Sought treatment outside of the home 50.3 73.3 78.0 72.6 71.7 77.1
Number of treatment sources (excluding home) N = 466 N = 1, 929 N = 1, 660 N = 2, 385 N = 1, 221 N = 1, 437
1 source 91.6 83.8 91.9 88.0 88.3 92.0
2 sources 7.9 15.4 7.6 11.5 11.3 7.6
3 sources 0.4 0.8 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.4
Sector mix (excluding home)       
Private, no public 54.9 73.7 68.2 68.7 68.3 21.8
Public, no private 39.9 23.1 28.5 25.7 26.7 72.1
Public & private 5.2 3.3 3.2 5.6 5.0 6.1
Public sector source, among those who sought public sector treatment N = 210 N = 464 N = 518 N = 707 N = 385 N = 1, 094
Public/non-profit facility 98.6 100.0 94.7 95.5 91.1 98.2
CHW 1.4 0.0 5.3 5.0 9.1 2.0
Private sector source, among those who sought private sector treatment N = 280 N = 1, 530 N = 1, 198 N = 1, 797 N = 899 N = 432
Private health facility 22.1 26.1 16.8 13.6 74.1 13.4
Pharmacy or drug store 10.0 70.1 51.6 81.7 21.9 30.6
Other private 71.1 8.6 35.4 8.3 7.0 57.3