MPHepd. Bsc. PH, DIP CL.MED.
Please find full file here: INNOCENT REPORT-Child health Days
A descriptive cross sectional study, involved mothers from the central division Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality to determine
their awareness on child health days Utilization. The study aimed at assessing clients’ knowledge on child health days and
identifying perceived barriers, motivators and benefits of voluntary counseling and testing.
Purposive method sampling was used to cover the sample size so that say all mothers aged 15-50 years were represented in
the study. Data was processed using EPI info; one variable at a time. Open-ended data was coded and also analyzed counting
for each variable to produce their frequencies and percentages. The questionnaire was designed basing on the study objectives
and was pretested. Data collected data was checked and corrected daily by the researcher.
Majority of the respondents were aged 25-34 years, 29.7%.139 respondents (48%) got information from media (radios, newspapers,
televisions), a very minimal number of respondents, 9 (03%) got information about CHDs’ during church gathering.
The greatest numbers of respondents were Catholics 162, (44%), followed by Muslims 90, (25%), with the SDA coming last 27, (7%).
There is sufficient supporting evidence that there are low levels of awareness about CHD’S created majorly by the media,
health facilities and church gatherings and even the little awareness available can’t be equated to the actual utilization of child health day’s services
Most people believe that CHD’S are a good practice but the social cultural factors including the marriage and religious institutions,
lack of community support to the cause, are the main inhibiting factors to its utilization.
The following recommendations were made; ministry of health should put in efforts in improving awareness by designing proper
IEC materials to broadcast in the media, in health centers and places of public gathering like churches and mosques and
main central division health centers
(health center iii and iv) should be equipped enough to offer comprehensive health education to mothers and fathers in
communities through their community outreach programmes.