The Benin Malaria Behavior Survey was fielded between November and December 2021, and survey results were released in 2022. The survey was carried out by the Breakthrough ACTION project in Benin in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and several other local organizations. Funding to implement the MBS was provided by PMI and Global Fund (through the NMCP).
Survey Zones and Respondents
Key behaviors at a glance
of children under five with fever had prompt and appropriate care sought for them the same or the next day of fever onset
Social norms: Caregivers who believe that the majority of people in their community take their febrile children to a healthcare provider the same day or the next day as the fever onset were 2.4 times more likely to seek appropriate care.
Knowledge: Caregivers who knew that the best time to seek care for a child sick with fever is immediately or same day after its onset were 8 times more likely to do so.
of respondents within households with sufficient nets used them every night of the week
Positive attitudes: Individuals who held favorable attitudes toward bed nets were almost 3 times more likely to consistently use bed nets.
Community norms: Respondents who believed that others in their community will approve of sleeping under an ITN have 78% higher odds of sleeping under a net every night compared to those who did not believe that others would approve.
of pregnant women received 3+ doses of IPTp during their last pregnancy
Social norms: About two-thirds of the respondents believed that obtaining at least four ANC consultations was the norm in their community.
Response efficacy: 96% and 90% of respondents viewed ANC and IPTp as measures that ensure positive pregnancy outcomes, respectively.
The survey report, results briefs, and survey questionnaires are available for download below.