This brief provides rigorous evidence-based insights to implementers and researchers of social and behavior change (SBC) programs that seek to improve community knowledge, attitudes, norms, and behaviors for improved health of women and their young children. The brief focuses on key malaria prevention and treatment behaviors, and uncovers the barriers and facilitators to the practice of these positive health behaviors in northwestern Nigeria. It is one of a series that present findings from a Breakthrough RESEARCH study that uniquely captures data on a wide range of psychosocial drivers of behavioral outcomes in family planning, malaria, and maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition (MNCH+N). The results presented in this series will inform the improvement of women and children’s health in Nigeria and help achieve the National Strategic Health Development Plan II (2018–2022), as well as supportinf global efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2020. “Malaria—Insights for improving malaria, family planning, and maternal and child health outcomes in northwestern Nigeria through social and behavior change programming,” Programmatic Research Brief. Abuja: Population Council