The Democratic Republic of the Congo Malaria Behavior Survey was fielded from March through April 2021. Survey results were analyzed in coordination with the National Malaria Control Program and released in 2022. The survey was carried out by the Breakthrough ACTION project in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, and several other local organizations.
Survey Zones and Respondents
Key behaviors at a glance
of children with fever were brought to a facility on the same or the next day after the fever began
Perceptions of health workers: Those with the perception that health facility workers treat their patients with respect were 65% more likely to practice prompt and appropriate care-seeking
Communication with others about malaria: Women who discussed malaria with others were 90% more likely to seek care for their child with fever within 24 hours at a health facility or with a community health worker.
of respondents used an ITN every night in the last week
Attitudes: Respondents who had positive attitudes towards bed nets increased the odds of consistent use by 144%.
Social norms: Respondents who believed that net use was a norm in their community were 1.6 times more likely to consistently use nets.
of pregnant women received three or more doses of IPTp during their last pregnancy
Perceived severity: 84% of respondents perceived that the effects of malaria in pregnancy can be serious for the woman and her unborn child.
Spousal communication: Among women who had a child in the last two years, only 49% reported that they discussed ANC with their spouse in the last two years.