Gender roles and relations within the household are of crucial importance to the management of childhood malaria. Women's access to resources and their bargaining power within the household have a significant influence on their treatment-seeking behaviour for children with malaria. Recent malaria strategies have focused on the treatment of malaria, requiring parents and primary care-givers to take action. How and if parents seek treatment are therefore of vital interest, and gender has remained unexplored within this context. In 2000, the Malaria Knowledge Programme supported district-level government workers in the Volta Region of Ghana to conduct a situational analysis using qualitative and participatory research methods to explore gender perspectives. The recommendations emerging from the research are presented, followed by the key findings. This work contributes to a growing body of knowledge on the importance of including gender analysis in malaria management.
Tolhurst, R. Gender perspectives in malaria management. (2005)