Samrawit Hailu

Title:  Childhood illness and health service utilization in Wonago woreda, South Ethiopia: A community- based cohort study.

Project summary:  Every day about 17,000 children less than 5 years of age die in the world, mostly from preventable and treatable causes, and most deaths are due to pneumonia, diarrhoea, malnutrition, and “fever diseases” such as malaria. This research aims to determine the incidence of childhood illness, immunization coverage, and use of health services in the Wonago district in South Ethiopia. The specific objectives are: 1/ To measure the incidence of acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, fevers and malnutrition 2/ To measure immunisation coverage, and 3/ To describe the use of health services. We shall use a population-based cohort study design with a sample size of 1514 children. A multi-stage sampling technique will be used to select the study participant. Bivariate and multivariate analysis will be used. This study will provide important information for the health authorities on the real need to improve health service coverage for children.

General objective:  To determine the incidence of childhood illness, immunization coverage, and use of health services in Wonago woreda, South Ethiopia.

The specific objectives are:

  • To measure the incidence of common childhood illness (acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, fever and malnutrition) among under-five children.
  • To measure immunization coverage of children in the age group of 12-23 months.
  • To describe the use of health services for children affected by respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, diarrhoea, fever and malnutrition among under-five children at health posts, health centres and hospitals and to analyse how socioeconomic conditions affect the choices families make in their use of health services.

Ethical approval: 12.01.17

Resarch Started  January 2017

Planned publications

  • Measure the incidence of common childhood illness (acute respiratory tract infection,diarrhoea, fever, malnutrition) among under-five children.
  • Measure Immunization coverage of children in age group of 12-23 months.
  • Describe the use health service for children affected by respiratory tract infections,including pnemonia, diarrhoea,fever and malnutrition among under-five children at healthpost, health center and hospital and to analyse how socioeconomic condition affects the choice families in their health service.