The Covid-19 pandemic: knowledge, attitudes and practice among healthcare workers in Mozambique, Survey 1, 2020

Baker, Kevin (2021). The Covid-19 pandemic: knowledge, attitudes and practice among healthcare workers in Mozambique, Survey 1, 2020. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-854605

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Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at the frontline of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response, yet there is a paucity of literature on their knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) in relation to the pandemic. Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Mozambique are known locally as 'agentes polivalentes elementares' (APEs). While technical guidance surrounding COVID-19 is available to support APEs, communicating this information has been challenging due to restrictions on travel, face-to-face group meetings and training, imposed from May to August 2020. A digital health platform, upSCALE, that already supports 1,213 APEs and 299 supervisors across three provinces, is being used to support APEs on effective COVID-19 management by delivering COVID-19 sensitive SMS messages, training modules and a COVID-19 KAP survey. The KAP survey, conducted from June 2020 to August 2020, consisted of 10 questions. Of 1,065 active upSCALE APEs, 28% completed the survey. Results indicate that only a small proportion of APEs listed the correct COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes and appropriate prevention measures (n=(25%), n=(16%) and n=(39%), respectively) specifically included in national health education materials. Misconceptions were mainly related to transmission routes, high risk individuals and asymptomatic patients. 84% said they followed all government prevention guidelines. The results from the KAP survey were used to support the rapid development and deployment of targeted COVID-19 awareness and education materials for the APEs. A follow-up KAP survey is planned for November 2020.

Data creators:
Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Baker, Kevink.baker@malariaconsortium.orgMalaria Consortiumhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2040-3662
Sponsors: N/A
Grant reference: Malaria Consortium US
Topic classification: Health
Keywords: KNOWLEDGE (AWARENESS), COVID-19, ATTITUDE CHANGE, COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE PROVISION, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, SYMPTOMS, PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, STATE GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS, HEALTH EDUCATION
Project title: upSCALE COVID-19 KAP Survey 1
Grant holders: Kevin Baker
Project dates:
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1 January 202030 January 2021
Date published: 20 Jan 2021 18:43
Last modified: 31 Jan 2021 21:37

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